Haute Couture: A New Designer Cocktail
“The sight or sound of perfect things causes a certain suffering." —Adrienne Monnier
“Every day is my fashion show and the world is my runway.” —Coco Chanel “Fashions fade. Style is eternal.” —Yves Saint Laurent “Fashion is the armor to survive the reality of everyday life.” —Bill Cunningham “People will stare. Make it worth their while.” —Harry Winston
Life is too short to wear boring clothes, to say goodbye to sexy, to opt for frumpy. Fashion and style say yes to life, and to a kind of magic that exists in the sparks that shoot out from the unexpected. They are the antidote to, and indeed the antithesis of, the mundane.
Today’s designer cocktail was created both as a disarmingly potent yet delicious drink, and as a fashion statement. The elegant transparency as it hugs the lines of the cocktail glass. The hint of a blush, set off by the bold, striking red of not one but two cherries on a pick. The way it looks in the hand of a woman in a ball gown, or a man in black tie. Chic, sophisticated, timeless. And then, to drink it and be transformed… And the photograph of the drink itself… The composition, the angles—Cubist and Modern—all leading to the cocktail which stands out three-dimensionally; dripping and sweating like a living thing. Like a sexy, intelligent, subtly-complex woman who sees this man for the first time, and in that instant, she knows (as in that flash and explosion in her sub-conscious, and points below) that she wants him. Her blush, the two cherries, her passion against the crystalline clarity of her tenable outer perfection.
HAUTE COUTURE 1½ parts Hendrick’s Gin 1 part Cîroc Vodka ¼ part Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur splash of Cointreau dash of Fee Brothers Grapefruit bitters Stir over ice. Pour into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with two Maraschino cherries on a pick and a dash of élan.
Grace Kelly and Oleg Cassini
“The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.”
— Coco Chanel
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