Is it art? We're not sure, but these art-inspired cocktails sure taste - and look - pretty as a picture!

Our May ‘19 Gin of the Month box had a distinctly artistic theme to it - so much so, that we were inspired to come up with some masterpieces of our own! These three cocktails - which all pay homage to great works of art - not only taste exceptional but are all pretty as a picture, we think you’ll agree.

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THE VENUS

The Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli is one of the most famous works of the Italian Renaissance. This cocktail is so divine it might just make you feel like a goddess of love, reborn on the shores of Cyprus!  

INGREDIENTS:

8 raspberries
50ml gin
20ml triple sec
5ml simple syrup
5ml bitters

METHOD:

Place 5 raspberries in a cocktail shaker and muddle. Add ice, gin, triple sec, simple syrup and bitters. Shake, strain and garnish with the remaining raspberries.


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THE WATER LILY

This dreamy tipple is inspired by the collection of 250 oil paintings of water lilies by French Impressionist Claude Monet. Painted in Giverny, a small village along the Seine, the images immerse the viewer in the beauty of flora, water and light.

INGREDIENTS:

20ml gin
20ml crème de violette
20ml triple sec
20ml lemon juice


METHOD:

Combine gin, crème de violette, triple sec and lemon juice in a mixing glass with ice. Stir thoroughly. Strain into a coupe and serve.


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ANGEL FACE

This cocktail pays homage to an infamous artwork by Jean-Michel Basquiat. And if you can’t make heads or tails of it … that’s because this painting is of a skull! Brooklyn-born street artist Basquiat was only 20 years old in 1981, when he created this striking neo-expressionist image.

INGREDIENTS:

30ml gin
30ml apricot brandy
30ml calvados
Apple slice, to garnish

METHOD:

Pack cocktail shaker with ice. Combine the gin, brandy and calvados. Shake, pour into a rocks glass and garnish.

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