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Jonathan Harris

the genius: Jonathan Harris
The Gibson
Washington DC

Photo credit: Sam Vasfi

the inspiration: I draw a lot from music. I did a series of drinks corresponding to lines from the Jimi Hendrix song "Bold As Love," for example. All the drinks are about colors and the emotions they evoke in the context of a relationship with a woman. The Green Gown is one such drink. I also am enjoying reading fairy tales now. I'm playing with a Little Red Riding Hood drink and am also working with a musician and my chef to organize an experience based on Oscar Wilde's story The Nightingale and The Rose. It'll be a shot, a bite and a short two-minute tune. Poetry also figures heavily, with a couple of drinks drawn from Baudelaire. One of my favorite things to do is draw portraits of friends in booze. Probably the biggest influence right now is perfumery. I like finding old perfume formulae and transforming them into bitters or cocktails. And of course, women.