10 January 2016, the world lost a legend. David Bowie was notorious for causing a stir with his dry sense of humour, fame-driven ambition and creation of many characters - Ziggy Stardust just to name one.
But more than that, he turned music into an art form and many of our favourite musicians of today were inspired by what can only be described as his legacy.
He liked to party and an article written in 2014 revealed that David Bowie was an alcoholic, but in his last years, he retired to a quieter life – one that he was content with.
So to celebrate how he touched many people’s lives we’ve created David-Bowie inspired cocktails. So pour a glass and raise one to his life!
Born and bred in London, we have cocktails inspired by London that would also be a great continual to the celebration of David Bowie’s life.
David Bowie’s fifth album, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, was about Ziggy Stardust, a fictional rock star that David used as an alter-ego to show the many versions of his personality.
This cocktail recipe was inspired by David’s controversial costumes for Ziggy that influenced the fashion for many live artists to come.
You may not know what it tastes like, but we promise “it won’t be boring”.
- 1 oz brandy
- 1/2 oz grenadine
- 1/2 lemon juice
- 1 slice of orange
- Edible glitter
- Fill a cocktail with ice and pour all ingredients in, except the glitter and orange
- Shake until all liquids are cold
- Pour the glitter into a glass, and stir in the ingredients from the shaker
- Mix together with a spoon
This is a photo of David Bowie with Carmine Rojas and Carlos Alomar during the Serious Moonlight tour in London in 1983. The “man who changed the world” had many looks.
This one shown above was during his longest and largest most successful concert tour during his career. He had a huge input in designing the set for this tour, which had a deliberate vertical feeling, as well as many giant accessories, such as a large moon.
- 1 oz rum
- 3 tsps of cream of coconut
- 1/2 oz vanilla vodka
- Piece of apple sprinkled with coconut flakes
- Mix all ingredients together in a cocktail shaker with ice
- Pour into a martini glass
- Gently place a slice of apple in the drink and sprinkle coconut flakes on the slice for a white effect
New York CocktailDavid lived in New York for two decades and performed in the city several times throughout his career. New York saw the sad passing of the legend on Sunday 10 January – a date non of his beloved fans will ever forget.
Living in a $4 million apartment in Soho, New York, his life had become somewhat mellow compared to his rock and roll lifestyle. But he never ceased to exist and spent time in bookshops and was happy to absorb a more relaxed lifestyle.
Here’s a twist on the famous Manhattan cocktail…
- 2 oz whisky
- 1/2 oz vermouth
- 1 dash peach bitters
- Mix all ingredients together in a cocktail shakers with ice
- Pour straight into martini glass
- Dilute with soda water if it’s too strong
Aladdin Sane was the name of David’s sixth album. This title was a play on words, standing for A lad insane to signify his half-brother who had been diagnosed with schizophrenia.
The iconic image of a lightning bolt on Bowie’s face was not a fashion statement but more of a theatrical perception. It symbolised the birth of a rock star.
His hair on the album cover wasn’t styled to be stuck up for the photo shoot, but was actually how he showed up on the day for the album cover.
- 1 oz vodka
- 2oz red grape juice
- 1 oz blue curacao
- Mix together all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice
- Pour into a cocktail glass
- Decorate the glass with the lightning bolt for an extra touch
The Dark DukeIn 1976, the thin white duke was another name David went by for his album Station to Station. Despite appearing stylish and serious, he revealed to a magazine that he lived on a diet of “peppers and cocaine”.
This cocktail is inspired by the black, smart look David had during this time. He was consuming massive amounts of cocaine at this point in his life, and soon moved to Paris to begin recovery.
Here, we’ve used a classic that is perfect to celebrate David Bowie’s life.
- 2oz rum
- 5oz coke
- Pour the rum in a glass with ice
- Add the refrigerated coke and drink up
When the world woke up on Monday 11 January, nobody expected to hear the saddened news of 69-year-old David Bowie’s passing. After an 18-month battle with cancer, he kept it secret from the outside world, but that won’t make the healing process any easier for his millions of fans.
His memory will never be forgotten and we will continue to listen to his music and be inspired by his creative and honest lyrics, personality, artistic form and spirit.
RIP David Bowie. Forever in our hearts.