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Did you know that Salvador Dalí created/illustrated a cookbook?! Titled,  Les Diners de Gala (1973), the book is divided into 12 chapters filled with recipes incorporating the most fantastic and surreal combinations of ingredients. One of my favorites is the Casanova Cocktail, and Dalí’s recipe for this concoction is as follows:

The juice of 1 orange
1 tablespoon bitters (Campari)

1 teaspoon ginger

4 tablespoons brandy

2 tablespoons old brandy (Vielle Cure)

1 pinch Cayenne pepper.

This is quite appropriate when circumstances such as exhaustion, overwork or simply excess of sobriety are calling for a pick-me-up. Here is a well-tested recipe to fit the bill. Let us stress another advantage of this particular pep-up concoction is that one doesn’t have to make the sour face that usually accompanies the absorption of a remedy.

At the bottom of a glass, combine pepper and ginger. Pour the bitters on top, then brandy and “Vielle Cure.” Refrigerate or even put in the freezer. Thirty minutes later, remove from the freezer and stir the juice of the orange into the chilled glass. Drink… and wait for the effect. It is rather speedy.”

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