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The Casanova cocktail

The Casanova cocktail

Posted by AV Flox on Jul 2nd 2016

Little known fact: Salvador Dali's childhood dream was to be a chef. He became a force in art instead, but in his late sixties, he channeled his affection for cuisine into Les Diners de Gala, cookbook devoted to enticing the senses. 

"If you are a disciple of one of those calorie-counters who turn the joys of eating into a form of punishment, close this book at once; it is too lively, too aggressive, and far too impertinent for you," the artist warned in the introduction. As perfect accompaniment, all the recipes were illustrated with extravagant, surrealist erotic imagery. And it isn't simply the images that are arousing, either: the tenth chapter of the 1973 book was completely dedicated to aphrodisiacs. This is Dali's Casanova cocktail, a brandy and orange drink for those in need of a pick-me-up before a seduction: