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Happy Little Cocktails for Your Bob Ross Drink-and-Paint Party


Everyone loves Bob Ross. For over 30 years, the dulcet tones of his televised tutorials soothed Americans and taught the nation how paint bucolic masterpieces. Now, 22 years after his beloved show, The Joy of Painting, went off the air, Bob Ross is back.

In June, Netflix added Ross’s Beauty is Everywhere—a limited series from the early 1990s—to its roster of streamable movies and TV shows. And, thanks to the late painter’s official YouTube channel, you can now watch The Joy of Painting like it’s airing for the first time—a new episode is uploaded to the channel every day.

There’s no better way to welcome the artist’s return to the screen than with a Bob Ross drink-and-paint party. Invite a few friends over, boot up your Netflix account, ready your canvas and palette, and don’t forget to whip up some happy little cocktails. Colorful and full of personality (just like Ross), these picks pair perfectly with the calming sounds of the big-haired artist painting a seascape or mountains or a forest. Ready to party? As the hero of the hour says, let’s “put some excitement in the world" with these drinking game rules:

Take a sip when Bob...

  • Talks about how beautiful a color is
  • Cleans his brush
  • Talks about how much he loves cleaning his brush
  • Paints with anything besides a brush
  • Says “That’s all there is to it”
  • Tells you not to worry about whatever it is you’re painting too much
  • Says “Ok, let’s have some fun”

Finish your drink when Bob...

  • Assures you that you CAN do it (have to prove Bob right)
  • Is inspired to paint something he originally had no intention of adding
  • Paints with his finger
  • Finishes his painting (Now everyone’s finished!)
Now that you have your rules, here are four ideal cocktails to play with.

The Bellini was inspired by a painting in bartender Giuseppe Cipriani’s home, making it a natural fit for a marathon paint-and-drink session. Not only is the cocktail’s beautiful shade of peachy-orange reminiscent of one of Ross’ sunsets, but the Bellini’s low ABV makes it an ideal beverage to pair with an hours-long Bob Ross binge.

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A happy little Bramble is the perfect cocktail to sip every time Ross cuts to a video of his adorable pet squirrel, Peapod. The drink gets its name from a float of blackberry liqueur over a refreshing mix of gin, lemon juice and simple syrup. Ross may make painting look easy, but making one of these sweet-tart drinks is downright foolproof.

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Lemon Juice
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We’d be remiss to exclude the cocktail equivalent of Ross’ happy little trees: the Midori Sour. Sure, the bright green drink is considered a bit gauche in the cocktail world, but we encourage you to embrace the adventure. As Ross says in The Joy of Painting, “Just go out and talk to a tree. Make friends with it. There's nothing wrong with having a tree as a friend.” The same goes for making friends with a Midori Sour.

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Fresh Lemon Juice
If Aviation violet was on Ross’ palette, we bet he’d use it to cast shadow on some fluffy little clouds or accent a frothy wave beating against a beach. But don’t mistake the drink’s delicate hue for weakness. This floral, gin-based cocktail packs a powerful, boozy punch. Thankfully, Ross would approve of any accidental brushstrokes: “We don't make mistakes, just happy little accidents.” Bottoms up.

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Crème de Violette

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