Thelonious Monkfish in Central Square, Cambridge, a jazz-themed asian fusion bar, recently created the Yoko Miwa’s Blue Tear, soon after Yoko started playing there regularly. It consists of sake, blue curacao, coconut milk and pineapple juice. You may have heard of a “Blue Tear Jerker,” which contains blue curacao and schnapps, but it’s not nearly as pretty as the white and blue layers of the Cambridge creation.
Most alcoholic drinks associated with jazz are not so much linked to the music as they are to the Jazz Age, which was largely during Prohibition. Classic cocktails such as manhattans, gin rickeys, and martinis were standards at the time, fashionable out in the open in Europe and possibly even more popular behind closed doors in the States.
In Boris Vian’s surreal French novel “L’Ecume des Jours,” (Froth on the Daydream), the wealthy protagonist Colin loves to play the pianocktail, a piano-like instrument that creates a cocktail based on the music being played. He demonstrates that one can create harmonies that taste delicious, but also some beautiful, haunting, dissonant compositions that are horrific to drink! Since the novel came out in 1947, others have riffed on the concept, and artist-inventors have even attempted to create the instrument – but no reports have come back on whether the drinks or the music is good.
Drink responsibly, but enjoy music with abandon!