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Harvest Queen

Inspired by Ola Volo‘s art
by Maria Paterakis
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Ingredients

  • ½ oz of romeo’s gin
  • ¾ oz of Manzanilla Sherry
  • ½ oz of Prosyro Totem Strawberry Syrup
  • ½ oz of Prosyro Falernum Syrup
  • 1 oz of fresh lemon juice
  • 2 dashes of Ms. Better’s Bitters Sumac Kiwi
  • 2 dashes of Ms. Better’s Bitters Cola
  • Garnishes: Lemon, cloves, star anise and strawberry slices

You will need

  • Shaker
  • Strainer
  • Cocktail sieve
  • Jigger
  • Highball glass

Preparation

  • Put all ingredients in the shaker, with ice.
  • Shake vigorously
  • Double strain in a Highball glass, on new ice. 
  • Garnish with lemon, cloves, star anise and strawberry slices
Harvest Queen is a romeo's gin cocktail, created by Maria Paterakis from À toi, inspired by Ola Volo's artwork at Yorkville Murals.

Maria Paterakis

“While the style of this mural reminds me of vintage folk art, it also has modern look. The tranquil expression of the crowned young lady, as she’s surrounded by growth, evoked thoughts of summer harvests, sweet red berries, warm country baking, and bold earthy spices. I used totem strawberry and falernum syrup to emulate the flavours found in strawberry pie. Manzanilla sherry helps to balance the sweetness, while leaning into the almond notes in Romeo’s gin and falernum. The sumac kiwi bitters and cola bitters add earthiness, brightness, and a bit of nostalgia. With some acidity to balance it out, this cocktail, like the mural it represents, embodies many different components that unify beautifully. “

Ola Volo

Ola Volo (BFA, Emily Carr University) is a Canadian Mural artist and illustrator from Kazakhstan with a distinctive style drawn from folklore, multiculturalism and identity. Her intricate works bring animals, people, architecture and nature together to articulate diverse stories rich with symbolism and elaborate forms. Ola creates complex narratives that acknowledge the subtleties of human nature while celebrating the little surprises of everyday life.

Her work is internationally recognized for its inventiveness and unique stories; every character is full of spirited personality and inhabits a dynamic environment. Her practice lends itself often to the public realm, with many of her murals helping to shape and beautify spaces across the world. As well as creating commissions for a wide range of international clients including Starbucks, Louis Vuitton, Lululemon and Volkswagen, Volo also finds time to do gallery artwork.

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