Jeff Koons Designs Split-Flavor Margarita to Match His ‘Split Rocker’ Sculpture

07/29/2014 at 01:28 PM ET

Jessica Alba
Right: Derek Storm/Splash News Online; Inset: Mireya Acie

Drinking is the finest art we know, and Jeff Koons is one of the finest artists we know* — so a cocktail modeled after one of his most famous works just makes sense.

Especially when that cocktail was dreamed up by Koons himself.

Introducing the Split-Rocker Margarita, a half-lime, half-strawberry drink you can sip outdoors at N.Y.C.’s Rock Center Cafe while gazing at the real “Split Rocker”: Koons’ flowering topiary that’s half toy rocking horse and half toy dinosaur, at Rockefeller Center through September 12.

The dual-flavor drink — conceived by Koons and executed by chef Antonio Prontelli — is as bright as the marigolds, petunias, begonias and geraniums sprouting from “Split Rocker”, and the limes on the rim of the glass even mimic the toy-handle “ears” coming out of the masterpiece. And yes, the drink is frozen for perfect summer sipping.

Plus, this artwork is worthy of a toast: The 150-ton, 37-foot sculpture has only ever been on display three times before this, and only in Europe. So stir up Prontelli’s recipe and raise a glass!

*Okay, we don’t know-know Jeff Koons — yet. Jeff, if you want to grab a margarita, it’s on us.

The Split-Rocker Margarita
Makes 4

8 oz. (1 cup) silver tequila
4 oz. (½ cup) orange liqueur, such as Triple Sec
Juice from 8 limes
2 oz. (¼ cup) simple syrup
4 cups ice
½ pint fresh strawberries, stems removed
Lime wedges, for garnish

1. In pitcher, combine tequila, orange liqueur, lime juice and simple syrup.

2. Pour tequila mixture over ice in blender carafe. Blend on the highest setting, scraping down sides as necessary until the mixture is smooth.

3. Pour out half of the blended margaritas from the carafe into a pitcher and reserve in your freezer while you complete the drink.

4. Add the strawberries to the remaining blended margaritas in the carafe and blend until smooth.

5. With the carafe in one hand and the reserved pitcher in the other, simultaneously pour both the lime and strawberry margaritas into the serving glasses, to create the vertical split.

6. Serve immediately, garnished with one lime wedge on either side of the glass.

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms
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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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