From golden ice cubes to crepuscular charcoal dust: sunset-inspired cocktail recipes to enliven that special hour
This book is an invitation to transform the simple contemplation of a well-mixed cocktail into a sensory experience of “drinking the sunset.” In 2020, French artist and architect Guillaume Aubry (born 1982) asked the celebrated Paris-based American mixologist Sterling Hudson to translate his artistic research on sunsets into cocktail recipes. Based on Aubry’s research and Hudson’s expertise,Sunset Cocktailspresents 12 cocktails inspired by the beauty of a sunset, from the dazzling “Regulus,” whose saffron ice cube glows gold once submerged in vermouth, to the “Grand Soir,” a liquid sunset that infuses a dusting of charcoal into a crisp glass of vodka. With luxurious full-color photographs of the cocktails and the sunsets that inspired them, this volume encourages readers to consider mixology as a creative form of expression in the larger context of art history; in addition to Aubry’s own writing on the subject, Japanese poet Ryoko Sekiguchi provides a luminous afterword to prepare readers' imaginations for an aesthetic and gustatory experience. A small-format, easily accessible volume,Sunset Cocktailspresents Aubry and Hudson’s collaboration with a uniquely poetic flair, encouraging readers to reflect upon society’s relationship with sunsets and our collective aesthetic experience of quotidian moments of beauty, whether those manifest as a sunset, a fancy cocktail, or both.