So a few weeks ago, we were invited to a presentation by mixologist (a new word for me) Merlin Griffiths (such a cool name and explore that site for good info) and local chef hottie Louis-François Marcotte on the hottest trends in cocktails and entertaining today. Apart from making fun friends and connections on the internet, this would be the first perk from blogging I've gotten. And it only took four years and 1200 posts. They had invited members of the media and city bloggers (like her) to the event with no obligation, but as bloggers, they know we are constantly on the hunt for blog material. Above you see the table setup as we came into the private room of Le Local restaurant in old Montreal.
Before coming into the room, we had been treated to a cocktail that was absolutely delicious and turned out to be a Sapphire Collins. (I thought it was lemonade at first.) But it wasn't made with sweet-n-sour mix, no to properly make it, you must do your sweet and sour from scratch. At each place setting we had the tools to do just that. Lemon, sugar syrup, lemon squeezer, measuring thingie and long stirring spoon. The tables were littered with giant bottles of Bombay Sapphire as well. It felt swanky.
The hosts alternated between showing us how to make cocktails and how to make simple canapes for entertaining. This one was SO good even though I can't remember how they made it. I know there was prosciutto and more. Thankfully, they included paper versions of the recipes for us when we left.
Once the presentation was over, we milled about meeting one another and taking pictures. This is me with the hosts. Serge and I can't wait to go back to the restaurant for a real meal. They were full on a Tuesday evening when we left, so yeah, pretty popular joint.
When we left, they gave us gift bags and boy were we tipsy. Serge would never let me take this shot, nor pose in such a way, sober, lol.
More fun when we got home and opened the gift boxes to see what they contained. Here's Serge's version:
And here's my version. So, who is the more entertaining drunk? I think it's Serge but only because of the whole dildo bit. Still, I am pretty slurry with my words, watch:
Now go out and buy a bottle (not YOU though) so we get invited to next year's event. It really is a delicious product.
Cute videos! I hope you were able to accommodate Serge's apparent fixation later on!
Mmmm, I love gin.
Loved these videos. You guys are adorable in every sense of the word. I want to come for cocktails sometime, but eyballed, not measured and shaken, not stirred...I'm old school like that ;-)
Looks like you guys had a fun time and were rewarded for it. Have a good "stir" on me.
Free Gin has to be the Best Thing EVER!!!! You are so lucky.
So glad you guys had a good time at the event. The videos are hilarious! Hopefully Victoria and I will be able to make it out to Montreal for the next round!
Bombay Sapphire is my favorite gin.
I feel so close to your mother now that I know we have the same favorite gin
What, no recipes?
I'm hoping Louis-Francois Marcotte is a friend of Dorothy's.
I can't even express how jealous I am of your invitation to this event. What have I ever gotten from my blog? You would think that at least DC comics would send some swag or something.
Is it wrong that I like the little ice shards in my cocktails?
One does not want a confused palate!
OMG! That picture of Serge with the gift bag almost had me choking on my cajun trailmix! I'm still laughing...that is blackmail material! LOL! My husband would leave me, or perhaps even murder me, if I were to ever post a picture of him looking quite so gay.
Well, I think we know what Serge needs to get for his birthday.
Oh, and the little measuring thing is called a jigger. And am I the only one who thinks "squeeze the lemon" sounds like a euphemism for something dirty?
LOL - you said "Gin, the most important thing, to make you in the happiness mood."
who says capitalism and free stuff can't be fun? :-D
bombay sapphire gin R-O-C-K-S! it's MY favorite gin too!
OMFG, your videos made me pee myself; BOTH of you are funny drunks! and BOTH of you are very sexy!
You've definitely both been (over) served.
Jesusita Christa, it's a juicer, not a "lemon squeezer thinger". Which means that you can use it for LIMES, too (margaritas, kamikazes, etc.). I'm guessing that escaped both of you due to the BAC thing. They work best if you cut the fruit in half, first. The implement will guide you on how to best insert it (and, no, I wasn't trying for a double entendre).
Gift bottles of gin are always welcome, right?
I wish I could learn French, so I could immigrate to your country and province. I'd rent one of your apts in a heartbeat!
Bombay Sapphire IS gin. Nothing else gets past our door.
Terrific vids, guys! Much funnier than that famous Canadian comedy duo, Abbatoir and Costelleaux.
We get Louis-François here in France. He's almost as fun to watch as you and Serge!
And this curious word verification today: twitdye. Is Google mad at Twitter? Or is someone trying to tell me something...
Wow. THIS blogger never gets invited anywhere for his material.
Lucky you! ...and sounds like fun to boot.
THIS blogger lives in a podunk place where nothing fun like that ever happens. But I'm used to that. I also am not so fond of gin. I've never had Bombay Sapphire, though, so I withhold my final judgment.
The videos are adorable, both of them. Has Serge seen that you posted that very gay picture of him? If so, what did he say?
That picture of Serge is the cutest thing I've ever seen. And I'm craving Bombay Sapphire now. What a great event to have attended!
Sapphire is my all time favorite! I am happy for you that you have discovered the joy that is the collins made from scratch. There is nothing better!
Having gone through my fair share of lemons and gin over the years I share your joy.
One question though. Why did they give Serge all those dildos?
I can watch but can't hear the videos on mom's computer... poo. I can tell you guys are being hilarious.
And wait, isn't Serge's shirt one I bought for him?
I enjoyed your presentation and what a delightful way to spend an afternoon.
I am jealous of the close-up picture on the roll.
It was great to meet Serge and you; hopefully we will see each at next year's event or maybe sooner.
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