It’s a tough life at the Eventonian offices. We’re always going out of the office on jobs. We go out finding new products that we can bring to our clients to improve their corporate event. Why only last night our team trekked out to one of our new cocktail making suppliers to sample a range of delicious, innovative cocktails. It’s hard, difficult work but somebody has to do it I guess.
Here in the heart of Brighton we sampled a variety of alcohol infused delights. Any of which Eventa can bring to your corporate event. The backdrop to our night? A mixology bar which is equal parts a scientist’s lab and a bartender’s dream. Picture the ultimate man cave, countless bottles on the walls, and you have an idea of what we’re dealing with here.
Starting as we mean to go on, things kicked off with a shot of tequila. Generally most people’s impression of tequila is it’s where you end up after a few too many and the taste is generally salt, lemon and instant regret. This was not the case for us.
Our tequila was paired up with sangrita (NOT sangria) a non-alcoholic Mexican drink which is traditionally served alongside tequila. The two flavours tremendously complimented one another. However the real show stealer was the tequila. It was served in a specially designed glass which also held a small amount of dry ice. The dry ice creates the billowing ‘smoke’ effect you can see in the below picture. It improves the flavour and aroma of the spirit. And it looks cool. Really cool. Really, really cool.
Dry ice makes a fantastic statement, and if you’re looking for a ‘wow’ factor at your event, then look no further.
Tequila, dry ice and sangrita
After this we got a little hands on. We were each provided with our own delicious gin and tonic, but we were then encouraged to create our own ‘infusions’ using a range of ingredients from blueberries to thyme to red pepper flakes to create our own twist on the classic cocktail.
This made for a fantastically fun and interactive experience, as everyone talks about their drinks (along with plenty of tasting). Sessions like this can be ideal as a team building activity, bonding a small group in a fun and interactive atmosphere.
A gin and tonic done right
As you can see from the above picture, this time the dry ice was contained within a ‘cage’ (the black device in the glass). Although ingesting a small amount of dry ice is totally harmless, safety is always a priority for our bartenders. And although it detracts from the air of reckless hedonism we like to give off, it is an important thing to keep in mind.
Our next delight was cocktail canapés. If you imagine the kind of ‘Vodka Jelly’ which is a staple at so many 18 year olds house parties – well… you’d be a million miles away from what this is. Essentially condensing the flavour of a cocktail into a delicious bite sized portion, they’re fantastic for receptions and a whole range of corporate events.
And the wow factor? They explode with neon light when under a black light. If you’re looking for a really jaw dropping addition to your event, bringing these ‘glow-in-the-dark’ canapés and a large black light to your corporate hospitality is a sure-fire way to impress guests.
Our cocktail canapés in light, and in neon
From here the cocktail concoctions and wonders started coming thick and fast. There’s everything from Margarita’s that use a salt ‘foam’. To ‘dessert’ cocktails that blend the best of sweet desert dishes and decadent cocktails into one glass of deliciousness.
A Margarita with a salt ‘air’
You can’t decide between a cocktail, or a dessert? Why not both?
As an avowed whisky lover – the thing that really impressed me was the usage of ‘airs’. A wee dram of some rather fine scotch was given a visually dramatic, and aromatically delicious, addition. The aromatic air enrichens the flavour of the scotch as well as looking cool (Have I mentioned how cool all of these drinks were yet?). It provided a perfect example how important smell is in taste. Not that it’s particularly difficult to excite me when the concept is essentially “You know that delicious whisky stuff? Imagine if we made it ever better!”
Believe me when I say this was delicious
Now of course we love getting to taste all these cocktails, but we are actually doing important research. I’m going to anticipate your ‘Yeah rights’ and say that its experiences like these that give us the inspiration to make your events incredible. Seeing our new mixologist and this kind of forward thinking approach to bartending gives us endless ways to give a little excitement to your corporate event.
At Eventa we believe in bespoke event experiences. The usage of dry ices and airs is obviously a vast improvement on the hastily mixed vodka and orange juices you may be used to, but the applications don’t end there. Cocktail making is a hugely popular and effective team building activity. Beyond that? How about having a bespoke signature cocktail created for your event?
These are only a few ideas that we can come up with. Why not contact our team at 01273 225 078 to talk to one of our account managers. After getting your brief for a Christmas party, team building activity, or corporate event of any type – we can get to work creating memorable experiences for you and your team.