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Darling, You're Getting Better Looking Every Day


Let's toast First Friday! The Center's Artistic Director, Jennifer-Navva Milliken, offers a short history of wooden bar tools as well as the secrets behind some of her signature drinks. In this short clip, Navva talks about the wooden cocktail muddler and demonstrates its use to make the spring-filled "Darling, You Are Getting Better Looking Every Day," a cocktail inspired by a work in the Center's collection by Jean-François Escoulen [ref. OBJ 572].





Darling, You're Getting Better Looking Every Day

MATERIALS

  • 3 large leaves of basil
  • 3 rasperries
  • 1.5 oz dry gin
  • .5 oz Chambord
  • .5 oz Lillet
  • .5 oz fresh-squeezed lime juice

PROCESS

  1. Tear up basil leaves and put them in a mixing glass. Toss in 3 raspberries.
  2. Muddle using proper technique.
  3. Pour gin, Chambord, Lillet, and lime juice. Add ice, filling approximately half the mixing glass. Shake vigorously.
  4. Strain carefully using a mesh strainer as well as a cocktail strainer into martini glass.
  5. Garnish with lime slice, raspberry, and/or sprig of basil.




Non-Alcoholic

MATERIALS

  • 3 large leaves of basil
  • 3 raspberries
  • 1 oz non-alcoholic spirit
  • 5 oz elderflower juice
  • .5 oz fresh-squeezed lime juice
  • 1 Tbs Agave syrup

PROCESS

  1. Tear up basil leaves and put them in a mixing glass. Toss in 3 raspberries.
  2. Muddle until fragrance rises.
  3. Pour in spirit, elderflower juice, lime juice, and Agave. Add ice, filling approximately half the mixing glass. Shake vigorously for 8–10 seconds.
  4. Strain carefully into champagne flute.
  5. Garnish with lime slice, raspberry, and sprig of basil. Top off with soda.





Shop Handcrafted Muddlers


Cocktail Muddler by Melissa Engler and Graeme Priddle - $40

Cocktail Muddler by Melissa Engler and Graeme Priddle - $40

Cocktail Muddler by Melissa Engler and Graeme Priddle - $40

Cocktail Muddler by Melissa Engler and Graeme Priddle - $40



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