I was six years old the first time that I saw a Jackson Pollock painting in a volume of the Encyclopedia Brittanica. I was pretty sure that I could have painted it with my eyes closed. Even in first grade, the snark was powerful.
Of course, later on in life, I learned to appreciate Pollock and his edict that his paintings not be referred to using the word “chaos.” So when I saw this dress on Shopbop, with it’s drips and dots, my mind immediately wandered to thoughts of splashed and poured paint.
Once I saw the dress, I decided to Google: Jackson Pollock’s favorite cocktail. Who knows, maybe I’ll get lucky? And sure enough, I encountered not Pollock’s favorite cocktail, but a Pollock-themed cocktail. What kind of evil genius created this?
Photo courtesy of Summit Sips.
This cocktail requires two recipes: one for the drink itself and one for the basil oil garnish on top.
2 parts gin (or vodka if you’re Belle)
1 part ruby red grapefruit juice
.5 part lime juice
1.5 parts champagne
1.5 cups basil leaves
1.5 cups olive oil
First, make the basil oil.
In a food processor, chop basil. Slowly add olive oil to create an emulsion.
Now create the cocktail.
Add all of the ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice and stir.
Using an eyedropper (ideally), place 20 drops of basil oil in the bottom of a chilled glass. Go crazy. Create shapes and patterns.
Slowly strain/pour the cocktail mix into the glass. You can add more basil to the top if you wish.