Art World Drinks: A Koonsian Brass Monkey

While everyone else is juice-cleansing and visiting the gym religiously, we’ve decided to commit to a resolution that we feel pretty confident we’ll be able to keep — to see more art and to drink more while we’re doing it. And that makes the New Year the perfect time to debut a new series called Art World Drinks, in which we will mix up ambrosial cocktails inspired by renowned artists’ works. For the inaugural beverage, we turned to bartender Micaela Piccolo, who mixes drinks at Tribeca bar and pub Distilled, to create “A Koons Night In,” a citrusy drink inspired by Jeff Koons’s 1986 work “Stay in Tonight.”

As Koons’s oil-on-canvas piece appropriated a Frangelico ad from the 1980s, Piccolo set out to fuse the Italian liqueur’s warm hazelnut flavor with a classic 1980s drink recipe. “I think hazelnut and orange compliment each other so perfectly so I immediately thought of the great cocktail of the 80s: The Brass Monkey,” she said. Before his retrospective hits the Whitney Museum, mix up a perfectly Koonsian beverage with Piccolo’s recipe below.

1 1/2 oz Frangelico

1 oz Orange Juice

3/4 oz Amaro Ciacaro

1/2 oz Freshly squeezed lemon juice

In a cheater tin, add Frangelico, orange juice, Amaro Ciacaro, and lemon juice. Fill tin halfway with ice cubes and shake. Shake for about 10 seconds to get the dilution and temperature just right. Strain into a chilled coupe or martini glass. No garnish needed.

— Ashton Cooper (@ashton_cooper)

(Top image: Micaela Piccolo. Bottom image: Phillips.)