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Yoko Ono

Peace Cocktail

Cocktails & Beverages from Issue 11 – Summer 2017 – Heroines

At once reviled and venerated in the public eye, it was Yoko Ono’s art (she was a key figure in the Fluxus movement) that first charmed John Lennon when they met at London’s Indica Gallery in 1966. There was an apple that cost 200 quid to watch decompose and a ladder people climbed to reach a canvas on the ceiling. “You looked through a spyglass and in tiny little letters it says ‘yes’… it was positive,” Lennon enthused. For Ono, also a peace activist, Chicago bartender Julia Momose envisioned a cocktail that would harmoniously meld spirits of the world (Italian aperitif, French amer, tequila blanco, Japanese whiskey); a chrysanthemum garnish represents love.

makes 1 cocktail

  • ¾ oz Aperol
  • ¾ oz French amer (we like Wolfberger Amer Fleur de Joie)
  • ¾ oz blanco tequila
  • ¾ oz Japanese whiskey (we like Nikka Taketsuru Pure Malt)
  • St. Germain-scented chrysanthemum or other edible flower for garnish

  • Combine all the ingredients in a mixing glass and stir for a minute. Strain into a rounded rocks glass or stemless wine glass to capture the aroma. Garnish with an edible flower such as a chrysanthemum, marigold, or dianthus spritzed with St. Germain. Gently float in glass.