Queensyard Cocktails Celebrate Creative Icons.
* Queensyard restaurant, which opened this past March in New York's new high-end Hudson Yards complex, kicked off with a specialty cocktail menu titled The Icons. The drinks were inspired by legends of art and design, such as Jackson Pollock, Tom Ford, Van Cleef and Yves Saint Laurent.
The cocktails, priced at $19 each, blend artistic presentation with ingredients and spirits that pay homage to each artist's most iconic work with a multisensory experience.
For example, the Yvresse was named after the classic YSL perfume. The scent was originally called Champagne, but because of the controlled wine appellation Champagne, it had to change its name in 1996. (Yvresse is a play on the French word ivresse, which means "intoxicated with joy.")
Like the perfume, Queensyard says, the Yvresse cocktail was designed to emulate a sparkling, classy woman: It's infused with Champagne soda and homemade salted caramel rum to also reflect the brand's Marrakech origins.
The D.O.T.O. (Dream of the Orient) cocktail evolved from Yves Saint Laurent's collection of kimono and Asian/ Indian dresses displayed at Pierre Berger's museum in Paris in 2017. Made with saffron-infused gin, purple shiso, spicy kombucha and Gula Melaka (Malaysian palm sugar), the D.O.T.O. is presented to guests on a traditional fan with smoking incense.
Pollock no.32 recreates Pollock's unmistakable painting style using a chocolate-spattered cocktail glass, serving as a liquid dessert with bourbon washed Black Forest gateau, melted chocolate, sherry, cherry bitters and white chocolate air.
The Secret by Van Cleef was inspired by visual delight of the Van Cleef & Arpels necklace collection. It's made with Suntory Toki whiskey, ylang ylang soda, cherry blossom bitters and house chinato.
And the Tobacco Vanille cocktail brings to life Tom Ford's tobacco vanilla perfume. The rich, aromatic libation combines Woodford Reserve bourbon, vanilla liqueur, tobacco-infused maple, amber tinctures and cacao butter; the glass is served within a leather handbag.
The Icons series is curated by head bartender, Jeremy Le Blanche, who joined Queensyard after leading the cocktail program at London bar German Gymnasium. "I was passionate about fashion and art, and I wanted to associate fashion, art and drinks," Le Blanche says.
At press time, Le Blanche was planning to launch a new cocktail menu at Queensyard inspired by gastronomy.
Queensyard is part of U.K. restaurateur D&D London, which operates more than 40 restaurants and bars. The company opened a New York outpost of its Bluebird London restaurant this past September.
Caption: Pollock no.32
Caption: Tobacco Vanille
Caption: The Secret by Van Cleef