British Flair with Artsy Cocktails from The Art Book
Vesper is a cocktail bar with lots of character. It seems like the owners moved a European bar into the heart of Bangkok. The dark tone with green paneling, long blue sofas and marble-patterned tables give it a rich British pub feel. Soft lighting gives the whole bar a relaxing atmosphere, making drinking more enjoyable. Vesper ranked 27th of Asia's 50 Best Bars 2018 and Most Creative Cocktail Program for the second time from The Bar Awards Bangkok 2018. The international award winning bartender Supawit Muttarattana, has created a cocktail menu called ‘The Art Book’ by drawing on the paintings of the world’s art masters to inspire ingredients for his cocktails. The result is a menu full of very creative and fine cocktails.
‘The Flower Carrier’: this cocktail is inspired by Diego Rivera’s painting of the same name. The painting is of a man carrying a heavy basket full of flowers with a woman helping him alongside. This cocktail has both male and female characters in one glass with dainty, sweet-colored flowers floating inside, while the main ingredients are gin and rum. The cocktail might look light but its taste is heavy with a sweet Osmanthus tea flavour.
‘Metamorphosis of Narcissus’: the presentation of this cocktail is very creative; the cocktail is served with a saucer made of a mirror to echo Salvador Dali’s painting of Narcissus, who fell in love with his own reflection in a pool. What makes this cocktail special is the rum that has been fat-washed to give a richer texture and smooth buttery flavour. This is then mixed with Cynar - an Italian bitter liqueur, smoked fried pineapple, lemon juice, and salted water. It may sound complicated but the cocktail tastes very nice with a mixture of four flavours; sour, sweet, buttery and smoky. It is served with golden honey jelly.
‘Autumn Rhythm No.30’: Jackson Pollock’s painting has led to the creation of the third cocktail. The autumn mood of the painting inspired the choice of bourbon, rum, cocoa powder, dried fig and truffle as main ingredients, since they are all items that remind us of autumn.
‘Campbell’s Soup Cans’: the painting of the same name is a famous work by Andy Warhol in 1962. The cocktail is presented in a fun, pop art style, in a glass that looks like a soup tin topped with popcorn. The cocktail itself has corn as the main ingredient, which is infused with bourbon and then mixed with sherry, apple and almond.
Soi Convent, Silom, Bang Rak
Tel. 02 235 2777
Open: 5.30 pm – midnight