Coconut Milk Cocktail Recipe: The Clyfford Still

This summer past we had the opportunity to bartend an event at the Clyfford Still museum in Denver, Colorado. Clyfford Still was a highly influential American painter and a leading figure of the Abstract Expressionism movement in the 40's and 50's. We find his simple, yet striking paintings to be very moving and we designed this cocktail to honor and emulate his art and life.



- 1 oz. good Gin

- 1 1/2 oz coconut milk, full fat, none of that "low fat" bullcrap

- 1/2 oz Cardamom Syrup

- squeeze of fresh lime

- 3 shakes DRAM Black Bitters

- ground Turmeric root


For the Cardamom Syrup:

- 2 cups sugar

- 2 cups water

- 1/4 cup Cardamom pods

- 2 tsp ground Cardamom

In a medium saucepan bring the water to a boil. Add the sugar and stir to dissolve. Add the cardamom pods and ground cardamom and remove the pot from heat. Allow the cardamom to "steep" until the mixture has cooled. Strain the cardamom pods from the mixture and voila! Cardamom syrup!



Combine gin, cardamom syrup, a squeeze of fresh lime and bitters in a cocktail mixing glass. Shake well and vigorously to prevent the coconut milk from curdling, if it does that is quite alright, it won't kill you, it's just the fat congealing because of the alcohol. Strain the mixture into a fresh glass over ice. Dust with a pinch of ground turmeric. Enjoy while you read about the life of Clyfford Still.





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