FRANK restaurant’s popular bartender, Stephen Gaessler, is responsible for creating the most unique art-inspired cocktails in the city, including one of our current bestsellers: Mabel’s Bubbles.
Stephen pairs his love of mixology with his passion for extending the art experience into the AGO’s restaurant. For each major exhibition, he plans FRANK’s cocktail menu by reflecting on the themes of the show, often exploring facts about artists and their surroundings.
Each cocktail has been meticulously researched, carefully crafted, and is above all else, absolutely delicious! For the AGO’s current exhibition, Georgia O’Keeffe, Stephen has developed six extraordinary drinks, each with its own distinct flavour.
Mabel’s Bubbles is named in honour of Georgia O’Keeffe’s beloved patron Mabel Dodge Luhan. O’Keeffe visited Luhan in New Mexico in 1929, which was her first trip to the state. O’Keeffe ended up visiting New Mexico again the subsequent year, buying a house there in 1940, and of course the rest is history. The landscape that captivated O’Keeffe also inspired Stephen. The result: a cocktail that is light and refreshing with a beautiful hue evoking the New Mexico desert.
See how Stephen makes Mabel’s Bubbles:
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