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Cr(EAT)e Food Blog – Drinkin’ Songs

cardboard cove cocktail

For the most recent artinfusion Culture Hour gathering I was asked to give a brief talk about creating cocktails and foodstuffs inspired by art.  Of course, the chefs and I regard this process as one of the most exciting and rewarding tenants of our jobs at Crystal Bridges; but I thought it might be fun to show our artInfusion audience firsthand how the process works…but with a twist.

I asked local Fayetteville band Paper Anthem to perform a series of songs for the event, one of which I would use as a basis to create a one-time-only cocktail.  Joseph Hitchcock, the band’s singer and songwriter, graciously agreed, and sent me their most recent EP and lyric sheet to start my process.

Paper Anthem

Paper Anthem

After several listening sessions, I chose the song Cardboard Cove…a melancholic refrain chock full of words (see below) and images that gave me a plethora of ideas for symbols.  Hitchcock’s tune was about lost love, so what better base for lost love than rye whiskey? And with the bittersweet undertones, I felt that fresh-squeezed grapefruit made for a great support to the rye.  I added a symbol of a broken heart as a small, red hibiscus flower that hung suspended and exposed in the center of the glass.  Often whiskey requires added support to make it palatable for a diverse audience, so I chose a homemade lavender bitter (see the recipe in my subsequent blog) to give the drink a floral, almost medicinal nose and flavor.

cardboard cove cocktail

One of my favorite lyrics from the song is Hitchcock lamenting: “Everything I know is on my hand, I still have your note but I’m just sand.”   I decided to use fresh bee pollen and brown sugar on the rim of the glass to symbolize sand…and it not only worked visually, but also wonderfully as a flavor accoutrement.

Ultimately, it was a thrill to watch guests sip the cocktail while listening to the band perform the song live.  Ah, the power of inspiration.  Here’s to Living, Loving, and Drinking with Art!     Cardboard Cove Cocktail

  • 2 ounces rye whiskey
  • 3 ounces unsweetened fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice
  • 1/2 ounce vanilla-honey syrup (recipe revealed in subsequent blog)
  • 3 dashes homemade lavender bitters (recipe revealed in subsequent blog)
  • Hibiscus flower
  • Bee pollen and brown sugar, to rim the glass

  Technique

  1. Rim a rocks glass with grapefruit juice, then gently roll the wet rim across an equal parts mixture of bee pollen and brown sugar.
  2. To the glass add ½ ounce of honey-vanilla syrup, 2 ounces rye whiskey, 3 ounces unsweetened grapefruit juice and 3-4 ice cubes, stirring vigorously.
  3. Add 3 dashes lavender bitters
  4. Garnish with a single hibiscus flower. Enjoy.

Cardboard Cove Lyrics Abstract vision from across the sea I know you and me will never be Taking me along with a hundred creeds Just another vision from across the sea Carry me now, it’s only love Everything I own and everything above Take me home to the cardboard cove Carry me now, it’s only love And when the sun sets I’ll be free It all melts away like a poisoned tree Everything I know is on my hand I still have your note but I’m just sand Sand In the end there will be nothing but hope for you In the end there will be nothing but the best for you Carry me now, it’s only love Everything I own and everything above Take me home to the cardboard cove Carry me now, it’s only love And when the sun sets I’ll be free It all melts away like a poisoned tree Everything I know is on my hand I still have your note but I’m just sand Sand In the end there will be nothing but hope for you In the end there will be nothing but the best for you I saw the end in all its shades I saw the end it’s the end it’s the end it’s the end it’s the end it’s the end it’s the end Abstract vision from across the sea I know you and me will never be

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