The Story Behind The Last Dance
In "Disco Cube Cocktails," Los Angeles-based photographer and DJ Leslie Kirchhoff has curated a collection of cocktails that highlight her artisanal and inventive ice cubes.
The Last Dance was inspired by the sweet and sour pre-Prohibition cocktail, The Last Word, but “with the flair of Donna Summer.” Kirchhoff’s twist on the classic cocktail adds a playful garnish in a nod to the '70s disco theme: a large translucent cube frozen with a whole crimson cherry and neon-green lime wheel in its center.
In her book, Kirchhoff ties The Last Dance to a personal experience, recalling a bittersweet scene that occurred on the day Summer died. While Kirchhoff was staying in a seaside hotel during the Cannes Film Festival, she watched an impromptu performance by Summer’s collaborator, the record producer Giorgio Moroder, performing the “[Last Dance] live while the sun set over the water.” Afterward, Moroder went on to play the original recording in Summer’s honor.
- 1 Cherry Lime Cube (recipe follows)
- ¾ ounce gin
- ¾ ounce green Chartreuse
- ¾ ounce Luxardo Maraschino liqueur
- ¾ ounce lime juice
- Place the Cherry Lime Cube into a double Old Fashioned glass to temper for about 2 minutes.
- In a cocktail shaker filled with plain ice, combine the gin, Chartreuse, Maraschino liqueur, and lime juice.
- Cover, shake for 15 seconds, then double strain the drink into the glass.
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Cherry Lime Cubes Ingredients
- (makes 4 cubes)
- 4 small lime wheels
- 4 fresh cherries
- 2-inch clear cube mold
Cherry Lime Cubes Directions
- Place the lime wheels into a small heatproof glass measuring cup.
- Add just enough hot water to cover the limes.
- Stir and let sit for 5 minutes. This will release any liquid, wax, or oils from the lime skin and flesh.
- Strain the limes and repeat the hot water process one more time.
- Place 1 cherry and 1 lime wheel in each compartment of the mold.
- Fill the mold with water and freeze until solid, about 30 hours.
- Remove the cubes from the mold, polish them, and keep frozen until ready to use.