Museum Cocktail Week: Green Dinosaur

May 6, 2013


When I stumbled per chance across the ‘Museum of the American Cocktail‘ online a couple of months, and read they were planning to celebrate ‘World Cocktail Week’ this week, I thought it would be fun to think of a related feature for Museum Diary. When I started researching museums + cocktails a bit more, I discovered that museum and art inspired cocktails are quite the thing. The blog ‘World Curious Traveler‘ writes about Art on the Rocks, an event at the Torpedo Factory arts centre in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, where “local mixologists were invited to create libations translated from a work of art in the museum”. The Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. this year hosted their ARTINI for the third year, an event where local mixologists create martinis inspired by works of art from the Corcoran’s colletion. And the Modern Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas, has also had a summer menu of cocktails inspired “by artists from Andy Warhol to Richard Diebenkorn”. I therefore declare this week to be Museum Cocktail Week!

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My own first encounter with museum cocktails were the ‘cocktails with the dinosaurs’ at Berlin’s Museum für Naturkunde, which have become a firm fixture of the Long Night of Museums. So what better inspiration than that?! One Google search later and I ended up with at least half a different cocktail recipes for a ‘Green Dinosaur’. With five different spirits on the ingredients list, this one really packs a punch! Actually, most of the recipes had six or seven, but I worked with what we already had in our cocktail cabinet and we only had to buy the melon liqueur, which is the signature ingredient. The recipes also varied in their inclusion of soda, lemonade or pineapple juice, but we thought that melon and pineapple would make a nice combination.

To make one Green Dinosaur, you need one shot each of:

  • melon liqueur
  • dark or white rum
  • triple sec (e.g. Cointreau)
  • dry gin
  • pineapple juice
  • sweet & sour mix*

You will also need some ice-cubes and limes (and some sugar and lemons if you are making your own sweet & sour mix).

Mix all the ingredients together in a cocktail shaker – or a jar with a lid, if you don’t have a shaker – with a couple of ice cubes until the ice cubes has disolved, then strain into a glass and serve with more ice cubes and a couple of slices of lime.

* To make your own sweet & sour mix, combine equal parts of water, sugar, fresh lemon juice and fresh lime juice. If you’re having a cocktail party, use a cup of each to make plenty for several cocktails. I used a tablespoon of each since I was just making a couple.

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As someone on Facebook mentioned, this is a pretty strong drink and “looks like you could pickle something in it”. It also tastes a bit like candy, so that’s quite a lethal combination. My recommendation would be to share it between at least two people (which is what we did), or even three or four people and top it up with more pineapple juice. Cheers!

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5 Responses to “Museum Cocktail Week: Green Dinosaur”

  1. Rhi Smith Says:

    I have just found a way to make your cocktail even more dinosaur themed – dinosaur ice cubes!



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