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Bloody hell, what has a Bloody Mary got to do with an arts exhibition you may ask? Alright, slow down, what if you could be creative with how you make and what you put in your Bloody Mary? Now, that’s art too no? Art is essentially how one interprets his or her creativity; art can take many forms.
Inspired by the recent 10-Day Design Festival - Keepers Playground of Infinite Happiness, our Cocktail Team decided to crash the highly anticipated event by setting up a pop-up bar to complement the event. The event was held at the National Design Centre from 27 July to 5 August 2018. It features over 100 Singapore and Singapore-based brands, craftsmen, artists and their artwork.
Our seasoned bartenders had carefully pre-selected their choice of spirits to concoct their jazzed-up versions of Bloody Mary. These four spirits were Monkey 47 Gin, Olmeca Altos Tequila, Havana Clun Rum and Jameson Irish Whiskey. Uh huh, our Cocktail Team had all theirs guests covered, ensuring all alcohol palettes were satisfied.
Now, just a regular Bloody Mary would be boring. How about throwing in some quail eggs, celery sticks, sugar-glazed bacon and preserved olives into the mix as well! Don’t worry, all ingredients were used in moderation and different ingredients were specially chosen for the different spirits. As outrageous as this sounds, these ingredients added a whole new layer of flavour. Gratifying and intoxicating, this modified Bloody Mary creates a palatable and hearty alcoholic meal all in a cup. Not to mention, they looked enticing and delightful too!
Everyone was having a ball, conversing and learning how a simple Bloody Mary could be transformed into a work of art. Holding their cups of fancified Bloody Marys, the crowd sipped their cocktails while grooving to the beats of ‘Yeah Yeah Yeahs’, 'Kings of Convenience' and the likes. Yup, even the background music was a mishmash of ‘ingredients’, but this time, it’s a mishmash of rhythms, from dancey alternative rock to calm indie tunes.
We have a belief here at Drinks&Co. and that is the importance of Conviviality: Friendliness, Cheeriness, Warmth and Joviality among family, friends and strangers. Though set up as a complement to the event, the pop-up bar became the centre for Conviviality. It became an oasis for knackered attendees to quench their thirst and relax. Strangers were turned into friends and bartenders into hosts.
The next time you want to host a party, the pop-up bar is what you need because it will save your event even if it was a disaster. And remember, cocktails can be fun and creative; feel free to explore!