Hello Bombay Sapphire’s Imaginative Bartenders
Well Thursday night was FUN. I went to a gin-based event at Dartmouth House: Bombay Sapphire invited me to the final crowning of the Most Imaginative Bartender awards. It was definitely right up my alley, being a total gin lover and all (normally just a “gin in a tin” kind-of gal, mind you) and the creative career of being a “mixologist” has always intrigued me. Hello James BOND. A good cocktail is quite hard to come by and something to be savoured and respected when done well. And I’m talking quality cocktails here, not a half-arsed Vodka Revs mojito which is just ice and a bit of mint (sorry, you know it’s true). This night was going to be amazing, with 14 of the BEST bartenders from all around the world, representing their country and home cocktail bar.
We mingled in the sunny courtyard of Dartmouth House whilst a live band played some smooth jazz (very NICE) and we sampled one of each of the cocktails up for the award. (They were small samples but after about eight I was starting to feel a bit tipsy: but obviously I wasn’t complaining). Each of the bartenders briefed us on how they came up with their creation, the ingredients and the inspiration behind each. It was really nice to hear each of the bartender’s personal story and each were very different. We then voted for which one was our fave and later that night there was a live cocktail show followed by the announcement of the winner. The winning bartender this year was a Frenchman called Remy Savage – his cocktail was called “Paper Anniversary” and included a home-made paper syrup.
The music and gin flowed all night long and the venue was dazzling – I also found a new girl crush, the DJ @galagonzalez who churned out some seriously good 80’s remixes and got everyone dancing pretty late into the night.
We also got our own engraved bottle to take home with us – which was a lovely gift to have personalised on the night. Big thanks to Bombay Sapphire for all round fab night.
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