All great artists have their muses. Andy Warhol had Edie Sedgwick. Both George Harrison and Eric Clapton had Pattie Boyd (lucky girl). And bartender Erin Jameson has Dante Ferretti, the renowned Italian film designer best known for cinematic stunners ranging from Interview with a Vampire to Hugo. In honor of Ferretti—whose work is currently on display at the MoMA through February 9, 2014—Jameson (is there a better surname for a bartender?) crafted three new drinks for The Modern's cocktail menu, each inspired by one of the designer’s films. Wander two galleries filled with a large labyrinth of screens, each lit with highlights from Ferretti’s film work, before settling into the adjoining bar for an inspired nightcap. (Cinematic masterpieces have never tasted so good.)
Our favorite? The Crimson Drawing Room – a combination of Armagnac, crème de cassis, triple sec and lemon, served with a sugar-encrusted rim. This riff on the classic Sidecar references Ferretti’s work on The Age of Innocence, with the cocktail mirroring the film’s rich red and opulent gold hues. The other two film-inspired libations include a combination of gin, Cocchi Americano, vermouth, and sherry called the Kina Cocktail, and a traditional blood and sand—sour mash whiskey, Heering cherry liqueur, and orange, with the addition of the centuries-old aperitif wine Bonal Gentiane Quina. (Excuse us as we cinematically swoon.)
If your tastes run more black and white than Technicolor, the Modern also allows you to design your own gin and tonic. Choose from three gins (each with its own flavor profile), plus a dash from your selection of the bar’s trio of bitters, topped with the tonic of your choosing. And if drinks in general aren’t a huge draw – until Thanksgiving you can snap a pic with Pastry Chef Marc Aumont’s intricate towering chocolate turkey sculpture named Tom the Turkey (complete with pilgrim hat). Now how’s that for set design?