Yesterday afternoon I was discussing R. Kelly’s new album ” Black Panties” and was opining how I missed the inventive turns of phrase, double entendre, and creative mystique of his older music.
I thought back to my wilder younger years; when I felt most creative, most avant-garde, most daring in my arts, and realized it was also during this time that I let my freak flag fly. I thought of some of my European exploits ( Paris is amazingly equipped for clandestinely making secrets in public places), Windsor Canada ( who knew what you could do at 19, with a mink coat, a cocktail, and a radio flyer wagon), Spring Breaks (if only I could remember), and those National Theater Festivals ( If parents only knew what their high school children were doing on those trips). I realized that during my freakdom, my artistic expression was never greater, never more complex, and never more unconcerned with form, method, process, or technical acceptance. Ironically, it was also the period where I achieved the greatest recognition and accolades for my arts. It was about feeling, it was about satisfaction, and it was about creating in the moment.
I reasoned that perhaps Mr. Kelly needed to return to peeing on people (consenting adults only of course). Credit the endorphins, the loss of inhibition, the intensity of the release that can liberate the soul from the body (even if only for a few moments), but there is something about creating, during the height of your freak period, that unshackles the mind from its limits. That same unshackling can be done with tonight’s Drink du Nuit, which I present for your imbibing pleasure, in celebration of the symbiotic relationship between the artistic and the erotic…a drink I discovered at a sexy French Moroccan restaurant, appropriately called: 50 Shades of Flavor
DRINK du NUIT: 50 Shades of Flavor
* [Recipe courtesy of Arabesque Lounge NYC]
3 oz Lavender infused Vanilla Vodka ( I used Stoli Vanilla and culinary grade lavender)
1/4 oz Chambord
1/2 oz lime juice
1/2 oz Moscato
Sprig of lavender for garnish
GLASSWARE: Martini Glass
Chill a martini glass. Add all of the ingredients to a cocktail shaker, add shaved ice and shake thoroughly. Strain into the chilled Martini glass and garnish with sprig of lavender.
DRINK WELL! and remember:
“The artist’s experience lies so unbelievably close to the sexual, to its pain and its pleasure, that the two phenomena are really just different forms of one and the same longing and bliss.
— Rainer Maria Rilke, ” Letters to a Young Poet”
* This one sneaks up on you…the 3rd one in and I am feeling it!
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