Edgar Degas, one of the greatest French Impressionists of the mid-1800’s, painted more than just ballerinas. Yes, indeed.
In the winter of 1872 Degas traveled to New Orleans, the birthplace of his mother, and became enamored with horses and the famous New Orleans Fairgrounds’ Racetrack.
Result: masterpiece equine paintings!
Today you may walk down Esplanade Ave, where his mother’s family lived, and follow the artist’s footsteps on the way to that same racecourse.
Dawn Harris Brown, New Orleans cookbook author, imagines what Degas and friends would eat and drink after a “tough” day at the races in the 19th century…and the 21st century!
2 ounces grenadine (a syrup, from the French word meaning pomegranate)
2 ounces sloe gin
2 ounces triple sec
2 ounces rum
juice of 1 lime
2 cups crushed ice
1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend for 30 seconds.
2. Pour into a martini glass.
3. Decorate with a continuous peeled lime attached to the lip of glass and entwined around the stem. Garnish with a cherry. Serve immediately.
Tally-ho, Monsieur Degas!