Shake with ice, strain into a cocktail coupe, and garnish with unseen Freudian symbolism.
During a trip to the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, I was inspired by the works of Estefania Puerta, a Columbian born sculptor living in Vermont. Her style was coated in surrealism, biological touches, and palpable symbolism, and I found myself returning to that section of the museum after the first lingering pass. One of my favorite pieces from her was the 2020 All of Freud's Beautiful Women (see blog post link for a photo), and that night, I was inspired to craft a cocktail tribute to it especially given its name. For a starting point, I focused in on an Amaro Montenegro for Campari riff on the Rose Gold that I had been making at Drink. Both the Bourbon and gin versions of this have been successes giving a touch of clementine and cinnamon complexity to the Gold Rush and Bee's Knees yet not as bitter as the Rose Gold. To that, the art made me think of the earthy and funky weirdness of the mezcal-rhum agricole combination that I have used in a few recipes. Despite the spirits leaning towards lime, I am glad that I stuck with lemon juice here akin to the Honey Bee.