December: The Christmas PartyPosted by The Cocktail Geek on Dec 15, 2010 in Uncategorized | 0 comments
What a way to round off the year! Callooh Callay very generously offered exclusive use of the entire venue. To be honest after all of their support over our first few months we could think of no better place to host our first ever Christmas party. Then it dawned on us that they’d given us the whole of the venue, and so the pressure was on to generate a guest-list to fill it! However, this proved no problem at all as word quickly spread that this party was going to be the party to be seen at this year. There was even talk of some members arranging/re-arranging ‘important’ meetings in London that day to ensure their attendance!
Keen to give the night a bit of a LCS twist, there were interesting plans for each of the three rooms. The main bar hosted the LCS Swap Shop where members brought along their homemade potions to test out on each other. This proved very successful and more than a little ‘interesting’ with home made bacon bourbon, damson gin, strawberry ratafia and Christmas liquer amongst others on offer.
The Jub Jub played host to the wonderful Andrea Montague and her Drinkatorium where members were treated to a bespoke cocktail created especially for them having answered a small questionnaire about their drinking preferences. This was quite a feat considering our members have been known to be a little demanding on occasion. We were no match for Andrea however, who mixed perfectly executed drink after drink to much acclaim.
The highlight of the evening was without a doubt the Ready Steady Shake competition. Members were randomly assigned into small teams and given a box of mystery ingredients. Each team then had to mix up a cocktail against the clock. With ingredients ranging from white rum and oranges right through to cat food and cockles, there were certainly some interesting results! The pressure was certainly on with some fab prizes to be won, but our members were more than up to the challenge and came up with some great drinks.
All in all, it was a fantastic evening that really set the bar for our future parties. A big thanks to everyone at Callooh Callay who did an amazing job at hosting us and organising the competition. A big thanks also to our sponsors who provided all sorts of treats for the members goody bags (after all a Christmas party is nothing without a goody bag to take home!). Thanks to: The Loft bar, Gerry’s, Haymans Gin, Chase Vodka, Luxardo Sambuca, The Nightjar.