Thursday, October 5, 2017

Where There Is Smoke There is Fire, A Champagne Story

I have been thinking about color lately, how we perceive color not only with our eyes, but with other senses as well.  Many super tasters describe flavors in colors, in textures, or in other contextual analogies - all of which are descriptions that help our brains understand the experience of tasting and imbibing. 

What if we challenged ourselves to taste in hyper-environment - an immersive environment designed to accentuate the flavors of a liquid?  Would this hyper-environment influence the way we taste?  Could it increase our pleasure and enjoyment? 

If we think about flavor as a color, we can then visualize or illustrate those layers of flavor through saturation of hue and the transparency of those hues.  I wanted these images to portray this idea of layering - the layering of flavor, the layering of color.

I collaborated with Victoria Wright for this shoot - an incredibly talented photographer who beautifully captures a dreamy feeling of calm and serenity into all of her photos.  She was, as always, a pleasure to collaborate with.  We took to the desert with a case of champagne and a box of smoke bombs to explore these ideas of color, layers, and ultimately, flavor. 

We partnered with the prestigious champagne house, G.H. Mumm Champagne, a house founded in 1827 known for their exquisite cuvee.  Each cocktail is starts with the idea of a simple champagne cocktail made with homemade syrups of exotic flavors saturated colors.  Mumm is a perfect champagne to use in cocktails because it mixes well, its flavors jive well with the bright, fresh flavors in all of these cocktails.

I hope you enjoy this series as much as we enjoyed making it. 


1 oz Kiwi Syrup
4 oz G.H. Mumm Champagne


1 Sugar Cube
4 dashes Angostura
10 Blue Butterfly Tea Flowers, Whole
4 oz G.H. Mumm Champagne


2 oz Gin
1/4 oz Crème de Violette
3/4 oz Simple Syrup
3/4 oz Lime Juice
3 oz G.H. Mumm Champagne


1 oz Prickly Pear Syrup
4 oz G.H. Mumm Champagn


1-1/2 oz Pineapple Puree
1-1/2 oz Blended Rum
3/4 oz Lime
3/4 oz Mint Simple Syrup
3 oz G.H. Mumm Champagne

Photography: Victoria Wright
Creative Direction: Emily Arden Wells, Gastronomsita
Glassware: Waterford Mixology Coupes, Viski Raye Glasses, Lehmann Glass Jamesse Prestige Grand Champagne
Champagne:  G.H. Mumm Champagne
Nails: Base Coat, Denver
Yellow & Red Dress: Asos
Sunnies: Karen Walker


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