Artesian launches Surrealist cocktail list

The ever innovative Artesian at The Langham hotel has launched a new cocktail menu inspired by an erotic cookbook written by Surrealist artist Salvador Dalí.

Salvador Dalís Les Diners de Gala

Salvador Dalís Les Diners de Gala

The bar’s envelope pushing mixologists Alex Kratena and Simone Carpale dipped into Dalí’s Les Diners de Gala in search of ideas for their new list.

The duo have taken a perfumier’s approach to the cocktails, giving scent, presentation and garnishes as important a role as flavour in the final serve.

Led by André Breton in the 1920s, the Surrealists were inspired by Freud and imbued both everyday objects and their dreams with lofty significance.

Their aim was to try and give meaning and expression to their inner workings of their subconscious through automatic writing, hyper real fantastical paintings and abject objects.

Blurring the lines between dreams and reality, Surrealist artworks aim to shock, surprise and delight via juxtapositions.

Among the famous Surrealist artists are Max Ernst, Man Ray, Joan Miró, Marcel Duchamp, Méret Oppenheim, Yves Tanguy, Luis Buñuel, and, of course, Dalí.

“We chose Surrealism as it allowed us to break down the boundaries and perceived norms when creating cocktails.

“We wanted to challenge ourselves and our guests by creating completely new drinking experiences playing with flavour, texture and glassware,” said Kratena.

Les Diners de Gala contains recipes with visual flair, a disregard for accepted norms and a heightened feeling for the absurd. This is what we wanted to bring to our cocktails,” Carpale added.

The Surrealism cocktail collection is on pour now at the Artesian, with cocktails priced at £18 a pop.

Click through for a gallery of highlights from the collection – expect the unexpected.

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