Argh I'm such a sucker for goodie bags. Suck-er.
The Loft put on a cocktail competition tonight - everyone was given a 'Cocktail Connoisseur' pouch containing 5 cocktail coupons and 3 voting chips.
A delectable cocktail with the perfect balance of Remy Martin VS Cognac and a large splash of Cointreau, complimented with the addition of fig, fennel and chilli chutney and lemon juice.
I think it was the chilli chutney in this that made my mouth start burning. 1/3 into the cocktail and I had to ditch it. Sad. Moving on.
2. Afternoon Highball by Perryn Collier
A refreshing and tantalising cocktail perfect for a Summer afternoon. Midori and Cointreau are enhanced with citrus, freshly muddled cucumber and aloe vera juice, served long.
This.drink.was.amazballs. And the mixologist mastered the art of bulk-making cocktails (something the last mixologist did NOT do).
I parted with my first voting chip -
3. Kyoto's Kick by Ian Loh
A complex yet delicate and delightful mix of Yamazaki 12-year-old Japanese Whiskey and Remy Martin VSOP cognac, highlighted by lemon juice, sweet orgeat syrup and a dash of The Bitter Truth Old Time Aromatic bitters.
This was nice, but unforgettable. There's not much else I can say.
4. Wolfenbuttel Sour by Raymondo Donato
A flavoursome and alluring tipple utilising the herbaceous Jagermeister, mixed to perfection with orgeat syrup, lemon juice and a crown of mint sprigs and berries.
Dear Raymondo, making patrons wait 50 minutes for your cocktail when every other mixologist has taken at the most 10 minutes is unacceptable. But I forgive you because it was delicious. You get my second voting chip.
After the 50-minute wait, the boy and I opted to give the last cocktail a miss. As we walked out we were given goodie bags with mini liqueurs and a baby cocktail mixer. Hooray!
Oh wait I forgot about the food!!! Sorry for the horrendously blurry photos. Juggling a handbag, an umbrella, a drink, a cocktail connoisseur pouch AND trying to take a photo at the same time proved a little more difficult than I would have thought.
Oh PS I chatted to Alvin from Masterchef (2 seasons ago) and he is awesome and so so lovely.