July’s Top pick is dedicated to Frida Kahlo, who died in July 1954 after a short but colourful life. Not many cocktails can boast such spirited inspiration for their flavours and, much like Frida, this belongs to the category of one-of-a-kind cocktails. Exeter cocktail-lovers come join us at The Book Cover, try our homage cocktail and honour the sixty-third anniversary Frida’s death with us this month! If you want to know exactly why this woman is still worth remembering today and what’s in our cocktail, read on.
You might know her by the famed monobrow or infamous affair with Leon Trotsky, but her paintings are what Kahlo is truly famed for today. They demonstrate her experiences as a Mexican woman through the variety and potency of her self-portraits.
Fascinated by biology at a young age, Kahlo’s interest in the body remained throughout her life. Her paintings reflected what it meant to be healthy and to be broken, having suffered from a near-fatal road accident at the age of only 18, which affected her ability to have children. Her paintings revealed these inner secrets: infertility, heartbreak and loneliness.
Her relationship with Mexico is revealed in Self-Portrait Along the Border Line Between Mexico and the United States; she revered the ancient and earthy cultures of Mexico and wanted to resist the Westernisation of the 20th century.
Exploring her identity, Kahlo’s work speaks about women, Mexicans, the disabled and the childless. It is tragic that her work was not recognised in its own right until the 1970s, over 20 years after her death. Previously, it had been regarded merely as the hobby of the wife of a more famous man.
When our expert mixologist created The Kahlo, we knew it must be named so as it is one of the most unique cocktails Exeter has ever seen. Inspired by Mexican aromas, Kahlo’s love of Mexican traditions bursts back to life in this drink.
So what’s in it?
Agave nectar: Native to Mexico, this sweet syrup is a natural liquid from an impressively spiky plant.
Tequila: Taking its name from the city of Tequila and made from the same blue agave plant as the nectar, this is a sure fire compliment to the sweetener. Due to three hundred different components within tequila, the flavours can vary widely, from chocolate to wood and floral tastes.
Joven Illegal Mezcal: Illegal by name but not by nature, you can rest assured you won’t get a criminal conviction from this cocktail. Exeter’s adventurous cocktail drinks will love this is un-aged mescal with its apple, citrus and white pepper aromas. It is also made from 100% agave for a traditional Mexican taste.
Kaffir Lime Leaf: An aromatic herb often used in Thai cooking, they have the most flavour when fresh. Whilst the limes of the tree are never eaten, it is the leaves that contain a unique flavour.
Sherbet: Combining acidity and sugar, sherbet’s effect is punchy and a real treat.
Smoked rhubarb: While we like to think of rhubarb as British, did you know that rhubarb grows and is eaten in Mexico too? When smoked, you get a fabulously unique flavour.
Pink Himalayan Sea Salt: For that final, Frida-like kick.
We think Kahlo would love the traditional flavours and bitter-sweet nature of this drink. We’re sure this is one of the best cocktails Exeter has to offer: a true masterpiece.