Artesian creates Surrealist cocktail menuBy Melita Kiely
The bartenders behind the world’s best bar Artesian at the Langham Hotel in London have created a new cocktail menu inspired by an erotic Surrealist cookbook.
Following the highly acclaimed Unfolding and Exploring menu launched last year, the new drinks list – Surrealism – takes its lead from Les Diners de Gala by Surrealist artist Salvador Dali.
Alex Kratena, Simone Caporale and the rest of the Artesian team hope to topple the “notion of reality, every day objects and, one again, the idea of the traditional ‘serve’”.
“We chose Surrealism as it allowed and encouraged us to break down the boundaries and perceived norms when creating cocktails,” explained Kratena. “We wanted to really challenge ourselves and our guests by creating and developing completely new drinking experiences playing with flavour, texture and glassware as our three fundamental variables.”
Artesian once again partnered with design agency Inkorporate, which also worked on the 2014 menu, to create Surrealism vessels to complement Kratena and Caporale’s perfumier creations.
Each cocktail comes complete with its own hash tag and references to Dalian symbols and famous Surrealist sculptors are featured throughout the menu.
“One of our inspirations was a rare cookbook created by the greatest Surrealist master Salvador Dali called Les Diners de Gala – this contains food and a few drink recipes which deliver everything you would expect such as visual flair, a disregard for accepted norms and a heightened feeling for the absurd,” commented Caporale. “This is what we wanted to bring to our cocktails.”
Cocktails feature the likes of Join the Colony, which is served in an ant-shaped structure and includes a cocktail made from Absolut Elyx, wheat, almond, juniper and bergamot flavours, poured over a granola consisting of three ingredients representing fruity, savoury and sweet notes.
Other options include Your Room or Mine? made from Glenfiddich 15 Year Old, Becherovka and Pineau des Charentes and served in a Hermès citrus scented fur covered cup and saucer.