History. Art. Booze. There is seriously no greater combination. NONE. Okay, maybe I exaggerate a bit, (everyone know that rainy days, a good book and coffee is the ultimate trio) but the booze / art / history trio is definitely up there.
This simple fruity cocktail is inspired by French post-Impressionist artist Eugène Henri Paul Gauguin, who found his greatest artistic inspiration while daydreaming and soul searching in the tropics.
Underappreciated until after his death, Gauguin is now recognized for his experimental use of color and synthetist style that were distinctly different from Impressionism. His work was influential to the French avant-garde and many modern artists, such as Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse.
Gauguin settled in Atuona on the island of Hiva-Oa in September of 1901, and there his bold experimentation with color led directly to the Synthetist style of modern art, while his expression of the inherent meaning of the subjects in his paintings, under the influence of the cloisonnist style, paved the way to Primitivism and the return to the pastoral.
Paul Gauguin’s desire to find ecstasy in the tropics, listening to “the soft murmuring music of the movements of my heart in amorous harmony with the mysterious beings around me,” led the French artist to create works of art that sell for millions today, though he was a broke beach bum at the time.
At any rate, this cocktail that is inspired by the French artist conjures up images of palm trees and sandy beaches. The blended drink is spiked with white rum – a dry light-bodied rum, light in color and lightly sweet in flavor that is produced from a short distillation period with sugarcane juice and molasses, while the passion fruit syrup and citrus gives a wonderful splash of the tropics to this drink.
The Gauguin Cocktail
3 measures of crushed ice
2 measures of white rum
1 measure of passion fruit syrup
1 measure of lemon juice
½ measure of lime juice
Put the crushed ice, rum, passion fruit syrup, and fruit juices into a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a hurricane glass and add a maraschino cherry to decorate.