Salvador Dalí needs no introduction. The renowned Spanish artist is acclaimed globally for his surreal, artistic contributions and more. A man of varied interests, his boundless imagination and whimsical artwork extended into his expressions of his love for fine dining and drinking too. His colourful and beautifully illustrated cookbook penned and published in 1973, “Les Diners de Gala”, showcases his creativity and discerning tastes in food and drink alike.
His peppy cocktail creation, “Casanova” is a part of this book. Originally, a brandy based cocktail that was a stylish concoction inspired by his signature artwork. Dalí aptly said, “This is quite appropriate when circumstances such as exhaustion, overwork or simply excess of sobriety are calling for a pick-me-up. Here is a well-tested recipe to fit the bill. Let us stress another advantage of this particular pep-up concoction is that one doesn’t have to make the sour face that usually accompanies the absorption of a remedy.”
This cocktail (and the cookbook as a whole) is an ode to his fine palate, rendered very aesthetically with a gastronomic, indulging appeal.
Put your creative skills to test with a stylish Casanova to perk you up. The cocktail is stirred with vodka, brandy and more. Here we share a slightly varied version of the Casanova from the original recipe that uses brandy.
Mix Your Own Casanova
In a chilled glass, begin with combining a pinch of cayenne pepper and 1 tsp. freshly ground ginger. Pour 1 tbsp. of bitters (Campari) to it, followed by 4 tbsps. whisky of your choice. Chill this concoction to the hilt in your freezer or even just refrigerate it for a good 30 minutes.
Once out from the freezer, add the juice of 1 freshly squeezed orange in to the glass. As you Santé, your creative juices will flow speedily.
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