The Absolut Kelly cocktail
Posted: 20 July 2017
We’re always on the lookout for fun new food and drinks trends. And lately, inky cocktails have been popping up, coinciding perfectly with our July 2017 #HLBWIssue – if you’re looking for an explosion of monochrome inspiration, get your copy in stores or online now. Bartenders have been experimenting with activated charcoal, squid ink (not to be used if you have seafood allergies), toasted black sesame seeds and black walnut hulls to produce dramatic drinks. If you've already tried the Heart of Darkness, for which we shared the recipe last week, here's another: the Absolut Kelly. Created by Ektoras Binikos for the opening of the Sean Kelly Gallery, this dark drink is meant to be a transformative experience based on German artist Joseph Beuys' idea of the 'anti-image'. 'The outward appearance of the Absolut Kelly — with its grey, muted tones — belies its combination of unexpectedly colourful, complex flavours. All components were carefully selected to represent the ethos and sensibilities of this great art institution that is the Sean Kelly Gallery.'