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Darling, You’re Getting Better Looking Every Day

Let’s toast First Friday! The Center’s Artistic Director, Jennifer-Navva Milliken, offers a short history of wooden bar tools as well as the secrets behind some of her signature drinks. In this short clip, Navva talks about the wooden cocktail muddler and demonstrates its use to make the spring-filled “Darling, You Are Getting Better Looking Every Day,” a cocktail inspired by a work in the Center’s collection by Jean-François Escoulen [ref. OBJ 572].

Darling, You’re Getting Better Looking Every Day



  • 3 large leaves of basil
  • 3 rasperries
  • 1.5 oz dry gin
  • .5 oz Chambord
  • .5 oz Lillet
  • .5 oz fresh-squeezed lime juice


  1. Tear up basil leaves and put them in a mixing glass. Toss in 3 raspberries.
  2. Muddle using proper technique.
  3. Pour gin, Chambord, Lillet, and lime juice. Add ice, filling approximately half the mixing glass. Shake vigorously.
  4. Strain carefully using a mesh strainer as well as a cocktail strainer into martini glass.
  5. Garnish with lime slice, raspberry, and/or sprig of basil.