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Ola 20 kitchen and Aphrodite cocktail

Matching cocktails with kitchen designs: A mixologist's challenge, Part 2

Can a cocktail capture the essence of a kitchen design? 

We have partnered with Chicago-based Libationist Extraordinaire, Lauren Parton, to discover which cocktails best match the qualities of some of Snaidero’s most popular and interesting kitchen cabinet lines. After all, mixology - like design - is about bringing together different elements and achieving a unique balance among them. We showed Lauren the kitchens, explained some of their defining design traits and she told us which cocktails they reminded her of and why.

Here is the second of these fun kitchen/cocktail pairings.

Snaidero kitchen: OLA20 by Pininfarina Design

Core characteristics of the design

One of Snaidero’s most recognizable designs, OLA20 brings “sexy” into the kitchen with some of Pininfarina’s trademark features:

  • Elegantly edgy
  • A fusion of the best of the past, adapted to the needs of the present with an eye to the future
  • Soft curves as the kitchen’s signature element
  • Island/peninsula countertop supported by a sculpted base made of hand-sanded multi-layered wood
  • Cabinet finish in mica-based lacquer, which contains powdered mica with tiny reflective flakes, resulting in a shimmering finish that changes hue based on how the light hits the surface.

Lauren Parton’s cocktail pairing: The Aphrodite

The Aphrodite is definitely a cocktail that evokes “soft curves”, being sensual and smooth not just by name but also in texture and taste. The key element of this drink is Meade, which, just like OLA20, has quite a storied tradition while looking towards the future, as it is rising again in popularity. In Medieval Times, people used to drink mead as an aphrodisiac. In ancient Persia, couples would drink mead for the first month after they were married (the “honey month”, aka. honeymoon period) to promote a happy marriage. Scientifically, Meade is rich in vitamin B - which stimulates testosterone production - and Boron - which produces estrogen.

How to make the Aphrodite

  • 1 1/2 oz Meade
  • 3/4 oz Pear Vodka
  • 1/4 oz Ginger Liqueur
  • 1/4 oz lemon juice

Shake all together, strain into a snifter. Garnish with a fresh thyme sprig.

Lauren PartonLibations tailored to your taste.  What is your favorite food memory? What is your favorite flavor from each season? How do you take your coffee?

By asking a few simple questions like these, Lauren Parton, a cook turned Libationist Extraordinaire, can enrich your corporate events or private parties with custom cocktail menus that suit your palate or fit a particular theme.

Lauren studied under the tutelage of Benjamin Newby and currently heads up the award-winning cocktail program at the W Hotel in Downtown Chicago. Lauren has appeared on the Steve Harvey show.  

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