Your taste in art often extends beyond your wall decor. It might bleed into your personal fashion, come through in your pick for movie night or even seep into your cocktail preferences. Here’s what you should be drinking according to your favorite style of art.
Characterised by visible brush strokes, impressionistic art paints the world in a whole new light—literally, as light and how it affected everyday scenes was a big part of the movement. If your favorite artists include folks like Monet, Manet and Degas, then you should create your own potable painting in the form of a Miami Vice. A mix of frozen Piña Colada and frozen Strawberry Daiquiri, the two layers come together like separate brush strokes to form one cohesive cocktail.
While impressionist artists created sweeping, moving images with broad brush strokes, pointillists instead relied on tiny dots of color, which came together to form clear and colorful paintings. The Gin Fizz, appropriately, is made up of many tiny bubbles, both in the spritzy cocktail and the fluffy egg white topping.
It’s hip to be square if you’re a devotee of cubism. Artists like Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque and Juan Gris found beauty in the angular reconstruction of the natural world. They hoped to show all perspectives at once, giving a two-dimensional piece depth. When the Moscow Mule was created, it gave a new perspective on vodka, showing off its spicy side while adding a new dimension of style with the shiny, reflective copper mug.
Dadaism is all about the rejection of logic and reason. And there is absolutely no logic behind the Long Island Iced Tea’s mix of five different spirits. And there’s definitely no reason why, when those spirits are combined with sugar, lemon juice and cola, they taste like iced tea. And yet, somehow, it all works. Toast artists like Marcel Duchamp with a tall glass of “tea.”
Pop art was meant to be just that—popular. Artists like Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein appropriated imagery from mass culture like comic books, advertisements and celebrities to create bright, in-your-face paintings. Right now, there is no cocktail more “in” than the vibrant, neon-red Negroni. It’s the Campbell’s soup can of cocktails.
Melting clocks, impossible machines, hyper realistic nightmare creatures—all of these things populate the world of surrealism. While absinthe might not actually make you hallucinate, it certainly packs enough alcohol to alter your perception of reality. Salvador Dali would approve.
When you can’t say it in words and a recognizable picture just doesn’t do the trick, it’s time to turn to abstract expressionism and get your emotions out through spontaneous creation. One of the most well-known abstract expressionists, Jackson Pollock, was famed for his drip paintings. Were he to have turned his attention to the glass rather than the canvas, though, he might have been known for his Pisco Sours, which feature a garnish of dashed and swirled bitters.
An artistic celebration of nature and nostalgia, paintings from the Romantic period featured grand scenes of mountains, ships cresting over waves and heroes from times past. The New York Sour is like one of J.M.W. Turner’s sunsets, going from deep red to gold. It’s the artist’s passion in a glass—and it tastes pretty good too.
Much of Renaissance Era art relied on perfect proportions—think about Leonardo da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man or Michelangelo's ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Artists were attempting to create harmony in their work with balanced compositions. There is nothing more balanced than a 50/50 Martini. It is The Last Supper of drinks.
Disruptive, edgy and rebellious, street art has only recently become a respectable genre. But, thanks to artists like Banksy and Shepard Fairey, others no longer have to feel confined to a canvas. The world is their canvas. If you identify with that type of free spirit, then go against convention and order an azure-hued Blue Hawaii. You’ll show those stuffed suits just how cool you are.