Striking artwork at Art Basel Miami came in all shapes, forms, and even receptacles, including cocktail glasses. At Pao restaurant, Faena’s Mixologist Marko Tomovic and Bombay Sapphire Brand Ambassador Gary Hayward collaborated to create striking works of art—in a drinkable format. Regarding the drinks’ inspiration, Hayward comments that, “The entire menu was about abandoning artistic boundaries, genres and stuffy rules for how art should be expressed. Although, many of the Cocktail presentations could be viewed as deliberately disruptive, the truth is that they were designed with beauty at the very core and with the hope that guests could define the artistic style, using their own imagination.”
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This colorless expression of a Negroni is hauntingly trapped under a bell glass. With brushes of citrus colors on the bell glass, as if it has captured the Negroni and stolen its hues.
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The Duchess of Bedford
The articles surrounding the cocktail insinuate what intriguing character this Duchess of Bedford must be. The ice cube is infused with a blue pansy, adding a dash of brightness to the smoky drink.
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East of Eden
The Garden of Eden is filled with bliss and color, and just east of it one might find an apple tree, or a bar with this luscious cocktail. The garnishes are either edible or aromatic, enticing the scents of smell and taste.
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This cocktail captures the sky's radiance, with the blue dashes of paint and the decorative butterfly conjuring its imagery.
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With food coloring spray painted in the foam and a grapefruit ribbon delicately tied as its garnish, this gin and grapefruit cocktail demonstrates the balance of soft and strong, bitter and sweet.