Art World Drinks: A Richard Serra Rum Concoction

In keeping with the boozy New Year’s resolution we committed to last week, we present the second entry in our new Art World Drinks series. While last time bartender Micaela Piccolo, of Tribeca bar and pub Distilled, mixed up a Koonsian Brass Monkey, this time she worked with us to invent a cocktail dedicated to minimalist Richard Serra. The artist’s 1971 “Untitled” charcoal on paper drawing (see below), which depicts a smeared elliptical shape, served as our inspiration for a new drink called “Rounds of Rum.”

“I immediately fell in love with his charcoal pieces that contained circles of all sorts,” said Piccolo. “So I went with a highball glass, something refreshing but still bitter using the Brugal Extra Dry. Something cool about Brugal Extra Dry is that it is charcoal filtered 3 times to get that beautiful clear color.”

With Serra’s “New Sculpture” show currently up at both Gagosian’s 21st and 24th street locations, it is the perfect time to mix up a glassful of Rounds of Rum.

2 oz Brugal Extra Dry
3/4 Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice
1/2 oz Pomegranate Reduction
3-4 dashes of angostura bitters
topped with ginger beer
Orange and lemon peels

Peel one extra long lemon peel and one extra long orange peel. With a knife, cut the edges of the peels to create perfectly cut peels. Create circles with the peels and use the cloves to connect them to create one extra long peel that will outline the entire glass. Feel free to add a few more cloves throughout the peel to add a bit more spice and decoration. Garnish the glass with the decorated peels then add ice. Now you are ready to build your cocktail. In a cheater tin add Brugal Extra Dry, lime juice, and pomegranate reduction. Add ice halfway and shake for about ten seconds. Strain the drink into your garnished highball, top with ginger beer and dashes of angostura bitters. Add a straw and serve.

— Ashton Cooper (@ashton_cooper)

(Image: Richard Serra, “Untitled,” 1971; charcoal on paper; 26 ¼ x 40 inches; private collection; © 2011 Richard Serra / Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York; photo: Savage.)