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The Chef’s Canvas: Violet’s Gaze Cocktail



Today’s recipe is an adult beverage called Violet’s Gaze. Let’s walk through the recipe and learn how to recreate this work of art in a glass!

Violet’s Gaze
Serves 1

1 ¼ ounces Kappa Pisco
½ ounce Giffards crème de violet
½ ounce fresh lime juice
½ ounce fresh grapefruit juice
½ ounce simple syrup
1 dash of Abbotts bitters
1 egg white
Angostura bitters, to garnish
Chili powder, to garnish

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and dry shake for 10 seconds. Add ice and cold shake for another 10 seconds. Double strain into a chilled glass. Garnish with Angostura bitters and chili powder.

Now you are ready to sit back, put your feet up, and enjoy your delicious, handmade Violet’s Gaze!

Severin Roesen
American, born in Germany,
c. 1815 – 1872
Still Life with Flowers, Fruit and Bird’s Nest
c. 1865
Oil on canvas
Gift of Diane DeMell Jacobsen, Ph.D. in loving
memory of her husband Thomas H. Jacobsen

Severin Roesen’s Still Life with Flowers, Fruit and Bird’s Nest illustrates Roesen’s talent for creating sumptuous and detailed still life paintings. This particular work was meant to represent the perceived abundance of American resources and the prevailing idea that the nation’s success was preordained by God.

I’m not going to lie; at first I was having a hard time finding inspiration from this painting (Still Life with Flowers, Fruit and Bird’s Nest, pictured above). I tried looking up the artist and maybe trying to find some inspiration from his life. Nothing. It wasn’t until I went to the Museum and saw it in person that it hit me like a ton of bricks. The little nest of eggs was calling to me; I’m a sucker for an egg drink. But, what was really getting me was the color violet in the corner, all by itself, and making a strong statement. My great-grandmother’s name was Violet, and she had to be one of the strongest people I have ever met. I miss her greatly, and I wanted to dedicate this to her memory. Thank you for all the life lessons, and you were right, hard work does pay off.” -Kurt Rogers, The Ice Plant

“The Chef’s Canvas” is a cookbook created to honor the Museum’s permanent collection. The book is a treasure trove of artistic masterpieces, from the Museum’s galleries to kitchens throughout the diverse food scene in Jacksonville. This collaboration is like nothing the Museum has done before, and we look forward to sharing select recipes and the pieces of art that inspired them with you in The Chef’s Canvas: The Recipe Series.

A work of art itself, “The Chef’s Canvas” was born of the idea that art fuels inspiration in all aspects of life, including in the kitchen. This unique collaboration allowed Jacksonville’s culinary experts to come explore the collection and leave with the inspiration to create delicious, beautiful dishes, desserts, and cocktails. This series aims to give you a taste of Jacksonville’s culture, flavors, and artistry.

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