ITEM TWENTY FIVE: The Blue Rimmed Glass. To mark the beginning of summer, I filled my new blue rimmed glass with one of my summertime favorites, the Arnold Palmer and Jack, and headed into Old Town Albuquerque. Just off the crowded plaza I found this red bench for this photograph and quickly shot the cocktail as tourists milled about. As I walked back to the studio, the band in the gazebo lit into a spirited version of a Chuck Berry song in Spanish that was the perfect accompaniment for a beverage that is also made better by blending classic elements in unexpected ways.
ITEM SIX: The Coupe Glass. Sprung from the fabled history of Ancien Régime France, the Coupe Glass made it though the revolution, though its shape model famously did not. The Coupe is a staple for beverage photographers. Sadly, I recently heard a revolting story of the specific demised of the coupe glasses I left in New York, but fortunately I found a new set for 99 cents here in New Mexico. C’est la vie. Vodka, tonic and thick slice of orange photographed in the plaza in Old Town Albuquerque.
As a food photographer, not a barkeep I rarely make a drink recipe, but this is an exception worth sharing.
Challenged to create a potent cocktail that blends American roots with the elegance of Ancien Régime France, I have come up with something many deserve: A Beeting
– One part chilled vodka
– One part chilled tonic
– A healthy splash of Small Word Food’s Ginger Beet Kvass
– Garnish with a slice of chioggia beet
– Serve in coupe glass
A rainy afternoon in Virginia revealed a surprise and now I’m itching to try out my new source for vintage glass and barware. Pre-prohibition cocktail shoot anyone? Art Deco dress and drink pairing? Adding the authentic element makes the photograph.