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.