05 September 2019

Checkmate with Paris air and sparkling champagne. Our last summer drink with an artist who has turned everything upside down. Santé!

By Antonia Lagemann (text), Pauline Heyne (illustration), Jens Seidl (drink)

MATTHIAS ULRICH, SCHIRN CURATOR

Which artist would you like to have a drink with on a warm summer evening?

Marcel Duchamp!

And where would you meet him?

At the open-air chess boards on the Lichtentaler Allee in Baden-Baden (Germany).

Which ingre­dient is essen­tial for your drink?

“Paris Air” (the work by Duchamp), Wodka Gorbatschow, and a fruit with 11 letters.

Copyright Pauline Heyne

PARIS AIR 

Jens Seidl, guest bartender at Frank­furt’s Seven Svans & The Tiny Cup, is a specialist in forgotten clas­sics and modern craft cock­tails. He creates the perfect drink for every meeting. For the encounter with Marcel Duchamp he created the Vodka-induced “Paris Air”:

INGREDIENTS

40ml vodka

20ml fresh lemon juice

2 bar spoons of sugar

About 20 fresh blueberries

Champagne

PREPARATION

Crush the blueberries with the sugar and the lemon in a shaker and allow to stand for at least one minute. Add vodka and ice and shake thoroughly. Put a good splash of champagne in a champagne or pipe glass and double strain the cocktail on top of it. Express the oils of a lemon twist over the drink and smile.

Here I was given a task that was worthy of Duchamp – whoever paints a moustache on the Mona Lisa and is world-famous for a urinal deserves a drink made with Paris Air and a fruit with 11 letters! Also requested was vodka, a spirit that is not overly popular with many bartenders as it doesn’t carry much flavor, which actually helps given the light aroma of the blueberries. Unfortunately, Duchamp’s work “Paris Air” is unaffordable, but the most beautiful Paris air for me anyhow is the one that evaporates from champagne bubbles. Since it reminds me a little of the ampoule that Duchamp used to capture the Paris Air, I am serving this drink in a pipe glass (typically used for brandy or port).