Lead White


“White. A blank page or canvas. The challenge? Bring order to the whole. Through design. Composition. Balance. Light. And harmony.”

That’s how Sunday in the Park with George starts, and is how I will start this last post on my Cocktails in the Park with George (or Sunday in the Park with Cocktails — still can’t decide…). The final color Seurat used in his famous painting was lead white. My drink came off slightly off-white, but let’s just say that this was to account for the effects of time. Sure, I’ll go with that.

Lead White

  • 1.5 oz. Pisco (Macchu Pichu)
  • 1.0 oz. Malibu
  • 1.0 oz. Orgeat
  • 0.25 oz. heavy cream
  • 1.0 tsp. cream of coconut
  • 1 egg white

Shake without ice initially, then with ice.
Strain into chilled sundae glass.
Top with club soda and grated nutmeg.

Sort of started in the Pisco Sour direction, but didn’t introduce the sour. Instead I went to the pantry and refrigerator and pulled out all my whites with the cream, cream of coconut and egg white. The Malibu and Orgeat introduced plenty of additional sweetness, so it seemed appropriate to put this in a sundae glass in the end as really it was a dessert in a glass. A lot of what I make is on the bitter and boozy side, so this was a nice change for my friends with a sweet tooth for drinks. Add as much club soda as desired to lessen the sweetness and increase the frothiness.

And of course I will end this string of posts with the quote that ends Sunday in the Park with George. Also very appropriate.

“White. A blank page or canvas. His favorite. So many possibilities.”

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