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The Modern, New York City The cocktails at this restaurant in the Museum of Modern Art are inspired by art. This smooth, borscht-like drink honors the Russian suprematist Kazimir Malevich's 1915 painting Black Square and Red Square, which is in MoMA's permanent collection. Plus: Ultimate Cocktail Guide

How to Make It

Step 1    

Preheat the oven to 375°. Place the beets on a sheet of foil, sprinkle with salt and add the 1/3 cup of water. Wrap the beets lightly, set the package on a baking sheet and roast until tender, about 2 hours. Carefully unwrap and let cool.

Step 2    

Peel and coarsely chop the beets. Transfer to a large pot and add all of the remaining ingredients except the ice and vodka. Cook over moderately high heat, stirring occasionally, until the liquid has reduced to 2 cups, about 30 minutes. Strain the beet juice through a fine sieve and refrigerate until chilled.

Step 3    

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add 2 3/4 ounces of the vodka and 4 ounces of the spicy beet juice and shake well. Strain into 5 chilled cordial glasses. Repeat three more times, using fresh ice each time.

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