New Cocktail Art Inspired by the Work of Modern Artists
We've all seen our fair share of latte art, but coffee drinks are not the only thing with a blank foam canvas. Mixologist Rajendra “Rush” Limbu uses the foam on top of egg white cocktails to draw intricate homages to famous artists Piet Mondrian, Vincent van Gogh, and Salvador Dalí.
Located in the Artesian lounge inside the Langham Hotel in Hong Kong, Limbu is churning out cocktails sporting miniature works of art. Each drink is created with the art it depicts in mind.
The drink based on van Gogh’s Starry Night is made with Chalong Bay Rum, Frangelico, herbal Strega liqueur, Bittermens Xocolatl Bitters, fresh lime juice, and a splash of Blue Curacao. The drink inspired by Dalí's The Persistence of Memory is more citrusy and features Los Danzantes Mezcal, Grand Marnier, Domaine de Canton, Fee Brothers Orange Bitters, and orange juice. And the drink dedicated to Mondrian’s Tableau I is a light and flowery cocktail that uses Saffron Gin, Elderflower liqueur, Chartreuse, The Bitter Truth Lemon Bitters, fresh lemon juice, and grenadine. Once each drink is completed, Limbu breaks out a paintbrush and draws distinctive designs on each one.
All three cocktails were created to celebrate Art Basel Hong Kong, which begins March 21.