Most folks know Bert Stern for his iconic collection of images of Marilyn Monroe known as "The Last Sitting", shot shortly before her death over several days (and cases of champagne). My main Stern cue is the sublime documentary about the 1957 Newport Jazz Festival that he directed, "Jazz on a Summer's Day", as gorgeous a music film as has ever been made.
Stern shot the current campaign for Club Monaco and at a big fete for the occasion at the C.M. store on Lower Fifth throngs of neutral-clad fashion folk sipped Hendrick's cocktail, and Marc Jacobs DJed under an alias. Embury DP Chad Mumm (all his ace how-to videos here)and I hit the party and he took the Leica X1 I'm reviewing for a spin--all photos are his.
"The drink is actually one of mine called the Pink Victrola that we renamed in honor of Marilyn for the Bert Stern/Club Monaco evening. It really drinks very well on a Summer's day, actually just about any day for that matter. Delightfully quaffable."
THE MARILYN (a.k.a. the Pink Victrola)
3/4oz Hendrick's Gin
3/4oz fresh strained pink grapefruit juice
1/2oz fresh strained lemon juice
1/2oz gomme syrup (2:1 sugar to hot water stirred and chilled)
1 barspoon grenadine (2:1 sugar to pomegranate juice heated until the sugar dissolves and chilled)
In a mixing container combine beautiful gin along with other ingredients. Ice shake well and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a grapefruit peel and serve.
As suspected, I'd had the Pink Victrola at some point in the past at another Hendrick's event. This one hits the sweet spot between sweat, sour, vegetal and fresh. Perfect spring drink.
There was a Kennedy, to0 (and there's a Club Monaco super 1963 suit called The Kennedy) a Hendrick's and tonic, as well as a New Yorker. She's drinking the Kennedy, he's drinking some champers.
3/4 oz Yellow Chartreuse
2 dashes orange bitters
Stirred and garnished with a lemon peel twist.
When I sent this photo to Jim to ID the drink, he replied:
"Interesting. That photo is of the Marilyn with the garnish from the Kennedy. Match made in a comfy hotel bed if ever I saw one."
Friend of Embury Justin Violini.
I like candy. J.R.