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Matisse-inspired Cocktail Recipe + DIY

by Grace Bonney

DIY Matisse-Inspired Cocktail and Napkin by David Stark for Design*Sponge
The Museum of Modern Art’s incredible new exhibit, Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs, is filled to the brim with entertaining and craft inspiration, as well as some of the most exuberant artwork ever made. Open through February 8 (RUN, don’t walk!), it’s the ultimate excuse for an artsy cocktail gathering in honor of the master’s works.

We turned to our friends at Botanica, a bar owned by Red Hook’s Cacao Prieto Distillery, to concoct a special cocktail for the occasion. The “Bleu Céleste” pays homage to Matisse’s color palette and is topped with cutout-inspired garnishes. The drinks look even more animated sitting atop DIY cocktail napkins that we created with easy-to-find materials.

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DIY Matisse-Inspired Cocktail and Napkin by David Stark for Design*Sponge
The recipe is simple, so you can mix and chill a pitcher before your guests arrive. Arrange the napkins, glasses and garnishes in a Matisse-like composition on a prominent table in your home. Voilà, you’re throwing a fête to equal the best artist salons! –David Stark

All DIY, book and drink photographs by Corrie Beth Hogg. Book above is Henri Mattise: The Cut Outs.

Click through for the full how-to after the jump!

DIY Matisse-Inspired Cocktail and Napkin by David Stark for Design*Sponge
Matisse-inspired Cocktail Napkins

Materials:

– White cotton duck
– Jacquard fabric paint (or your favorite brand)
– Paint brush
– Fabric scissors
– Sewing machine
– White thread
– Iron
– Pencil and paper
– Ruler
– Glue stick

DIY Matisse-Inspired Cocktail and Napkin by David Stark for Design*Sponge

Steps:

1. Paint an area of cotton duck large enough to cut out the classic Matisse coral shapes.

2. Either cut a piece of paper to use as your pattern or go freehand – like Matisse – and cut the fabric into a variety of shapes. Remember, his were very organic so there are no mistakes. Iron your shapes to set the paint.

3. Place on a piece of 6”x 6” white cotton duck with frayed edged. Secure down with a bit of glue stick. Use your sewing machine to zig-zag stitch the edges. Ta-da! You’re done.

DIY Matisse-Inspired Cocktail and Napkin by David Stark for Design*Sponge

Bleu Céleste Cocktail

Ingredients:

-2 ½ ounces Blue Curaçao
-1 ounce white rum (We used Cacao Prieto’s)
-½ ounce fresh squeezed lemon juice
-Large piece of orange rind, shaved thin for garnish

Steps:

1. Mix Blue Curaçao, rum and lemon juice in a shaker. Pour over ice.

2. Use scissors to cut out fun, Matisse-inspired shapes from the orange rind. Cut a small indentation and prop on the rim of the glass.

DIY Matisse-Inspired Cocktail and Napkin by David Stark for Design*Sponge

The Sheaf, 1953. Collection University of California, Los Angeles. Hammer Museum. Photograph: Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
The Sheaf, 1953. Collection University of California, Los Angeles. Hammer Museum. Photograph: Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Image via the Moma Press Center

Panel with Mask, 1947. Designmuseum Danmark. Photograph: Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Panel with Mask, 1947. Designmuseum Danmark. Photograph: Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Image via the Moma Press Center

Pale Blue Window, 1948-49. Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris. Photograph: Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Pale Blue Window, 1948-49. Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris. Photograph: Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Image via the Moma Press Center.

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