Artesian/The Langham
Artesian/The Langham

New Cocktail Art Inspired by the Work of Modern Artists

Artesian/The Langham
Artesian/The Langham

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.

Artesian/The Langham

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. 

Artesian/The Langham

All three cocktails were created to celebrate Art Basel Hong Kong, which begins March 21. 

[h/t Eater]

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Richard Brendon
This $56 Glass Is Perfectly Suited to All Styles of Wine
Richard Brendon
Richard Brendon

People who take their wine seriously tend to own different glasses for different types of wine. Decor website Home Stratosphere, for instance, identified 18 wine glasses—each shaped differently to complement the unique flavors and fragrances of a Bordeaux, a Burgundy, and other kinds of red, white, and dessert wines.

If you don’t want to spare the expense or the cupboard space for all those glasses, you may want to check out Richard Brendon’s $56 wine glass, which is said to be suited to all types of wine. As spotted by Fast Company, the “1 Wine Glass” is the result of a collaboration between Brendon, a London-based product designer, and wine critic Jancis Robinson.

Robinson said that when Brendon asked her to help design a range of wine glasses, she was “insistent” that they design one single glass. “I love white wine as much as red and have never understood why white wine glasses are routinely smaller than those designed for red wine,” Robinson said in a statement, adding that white wines can be just as complex as reds. “It just seems so obvious and sensible to have one single wine glass for all three colors of wine—especially when so many of us are short of storage space.”

To get it just right, they toiled with the thinness of the glass, the length of the stem, the curvature, the opening, and the overall practicality (Robinson said it had to be dishwasher safe, and indeed, the finished result is). The result is a 125ml handcrafted glass that can be used for all types of wine, including champagne, port, and sherry. The duo also designed a stemless water glass and two decanters. The items can be purchased on Richard Brendon's website.

[h/t Fast Company]

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A European C02 Shortage Has Led to Beer Rationing in the UK—in the Middle of the World Cup
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iStock

An international shortage of food-grade carbon dioxide is posing a significant threat to summer fun this year—including for soccer fans headed to bars to watch the World Cup. The lack of bubbles affects beer, cider, and soda makers, and as a result, a UK wholesaler just started rationing drink supplies, according to CNBC.

The wholesaler, Booker, supplies bars, restaurants, and stores, but it's currently rationing its customers to 10 cases of beer and five cases of cider or soft drinks each. Heineken has also warned that shortages of Amstel and John Smith's beers are coming, and Coca-Cola was forced to temporarily pause production of some of its sodas.

The shortage of CO2 is the result of closures at several gas-producing plants in Europe. A number of ammonia plants and bioethanol plants—both of which provide food-grade CO2—shut down for planned repair work this summer. Their shutdowns just happened to coincide with the season of the year when everyone wants to either be outside with a refreshing fizzy drink or downing beers at a sports bar watching the World Cup. (That's particularly true in the UK, where fans will gather to watch England play Colombia on July 3.)

Fortunately, the situation should eventually repair itself, putting cold beers back in the hands of anyone who wants one.

"We'd like to reassure beer drinkers that all our breweries are operating at full capacity, and we're working 24/7 to get beers to our customers as quickly as possible," a Heineken spokeswoman said in a statement this week, according to the BBC.

[h/t CNBC]

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