Sunday, September 4, 2011

Mad Pop Art Mod 60s Cocktail Party

Wanna have a party as Wild as Marisol Escobar's mid-60s artwork?
This ain't no Mad Men party! The mid-60s was sophisticated, artful, mod and intoxicated not only with crazy cocktails made with liqueurs, but with the ever-rising income and prosperity because of the New Deal that placed emphasis on workers income, health, and opportunities for minorities and women.

The Cocktail Party  by Marisol Escobar

"The group consists of free-standing figures and a wall panel with painted wood, cloth, plastic, shoes, jewelry, mirror, television set and other accessories. It was executed in 1965-6 and had a modest estimate of $400,000 to $600,000. In the mid-90s, it sold for $912,000, including the buyer's premium, shattering the artist's previous world auction record of $131,200. In the 1960s Marisol quickly catapulted herself onto the New York art scene , armed with a precocious talent and an aura of mystery and cool chic that mesmerized her earliest admirers, but which would later became a catalyst for her critics.
Even the typically laconic Andy Warhol quipped that Marisol was 'the first girl artist with glamour.'...Marisol's sophisticated aesthetic immediately linked her to the new Pop Art movement, but her work remained in a category of its own, displaying a myriad of influences from sources as diverse as Pre-Colombian art and Surrealist imagery. Even today, Marisol's art resists any linear curatorial reading."

Wild hot Pink floral print vintage dress is sassy with its black empire waist and Huge bell sleeves. Unusual colors in a big print, make this vintage dress an eye-popper!

Big bold red and brown flowers and tree pods
make a fantastic fall dress. Marimekko-style print vintage dress is a wild jungle print with a spare modern style.

60s green Party Dress Vintage Mad Men style

Cocktail recipes....

The Old Fashioned Cocktail

Prepare and serve in a short chunky glass
1 lump cube sugar
1 or 2 dashes Cocktail Bitters
1 dash seltzer
Muddle sugar until dissolved
1 jigger Rye, Bourbon or Scotch Whiskey
Chunks of cracked ice, add a splash of soda water
Garnish with twist of lemon peel, 1 slice of orange, 1 maraschino cherry.
Serve with highball spoon.

The Classic Martini

2½ oz gin
1½ oz dry vermouth
3 green olives

Rinse martini glass in dry vermouth and pour out. Shake gin with ice until chilled. Pour into martini glass. Add 4 or 5 on a pick.
I like a Vodka martini, with a twist of gin, no vermouth...OK..wave the bottle cap over my drink.

and this is so yummy...

The Brandy Alexander

¾ oz cream
¾ oz brandy
¾ oz dark crème de cacao

Pour the liquors and cream into a mixing glass. Shake and pour in martini glass. Garnish with a sprinkle of nutmeg on top.

bad bad cocktail invitations.....the early 60s were not culturally sensitive...yet....
so let's watch some sexist I Dream Of Jeanie !