Tuesday, 18 October 2011

the joys of female power

we had the most gorgeous time at stav B's liquor bar in the slaughterhouse for the east london fawcett society fundraiser! 

gorgeous art, performances, film screenings, live music, recorded music, people and of course drinks, as this is what is all about, to perfect one's artistry and satisfy the folk...

doug designed the most exquisite menu and i created a list full of yummy and highly alcoholic liqueurs to mix with the spirits: ginger, blueberry, cherry; gin, vodka, rum...
we had east london fawcett society slings and beaver royals, blueberry martinis and ginger daiquiris... we had cristine's spicy chai brigadeiros and we also had... beer and wine! the joys of mix!

the arch was partitioned from a previous art show by saatchi and that worked totally to our advantage for the work and the performers, who utilised the space fantastically! i am dealing with professional talent, after all!

it was brilliant to see, apart from the regulars and friends, new folk too and we all danced and mingled and watched and listened and drank and donated!

we made the money we wanted, which will go to A Safe World for Women http://www.asafeworldforwomen.org/home/about-us.html , which works to abolish human trafficking and slavery, domestic violence, poverty, war crimes, unjust detention and all forms of abuse of women and children.


till the next event, 19 november, which i shall be celebrating the bar's one year anniversary

i wish you all a good month and i'd like to thank all the fabulous individuals who took part in this fundraiser with passion, professionalism and dedication:

hannah, kathy, doug, cristine, sophie a, season, justin, johanna, sophie r
jan, hannah, luda, jane, kajsa, chris, andre, ze, anna...

love, optimism and peace... together... x

fonts and absinthe

stav B's liquor bar (my tiny little enterprise), was invited to do the drinks for MILLco's annual exhibition, sponsored by La Fontaine absinthe and in association with Monotype.

MILLco is a creative agency, based on vyner street, a very important art hub area, where first thursdays are very popular and busy... with all sorts of folk from the art world, enjoying shows and free plonk...

La fontaine is a new, wonderfully made clear absinthe, which at 56% is not for the faint hearted, yet a challenging, but not impossible spirit to mix.

Monotype is a font and imaging company...

i was asked to create three cocktails associated with the three brand new fonts that Monotype came up with:

neue haus grotesk, 
rotis II sans

after careful consideration and research and a great deal of thinking, i decided to create variations of the classics, using the names of the fonts and finally applying their special characteristics on the drinks:

akko sour... the font is soft and fluffy/ with dark rum
grotesk martini... the font is warm, elagant and black/ with mandarine vodka
rotis daiquiri... the font is graceful, smart and curious/ with gin (my favourite)

i arranged the staff, the costs, the bar graced with two crystal fountains, where i  had a fresh and green mix with cucumber, mint and lemons and a warmer, red one, with fresh cranberries, raspberries and oranges... under the tap, there were glasses with an absinthe shot, with the spoon and sugar cube...

to start the party with, i had three trays of absinthe mules, simply made with absinthe, fresh lime juice and ginger ale, circulating among the guests.

needless to say, we got really really busy... the queue was massive and i know it was a combination of the free drinks and the performance of us three behind the bar, shaking my concoctions furiously and fast!

it was a great party, a great success and the absinthe challenge was fullfilled! vodka next time, yes, please!

many thanks to claire martin, liz birkbeck and nick hartwright at MILLco
andre, dan, anna, luis for bartending and waiting and clearing up
doug, for the wonderful menu design
stelli, for rushing to gerry's to get me the special spirits

bespoke... and quality...

Sunday, 9 October 2011

thursday 13 october

this is what i'm doing on thursday. with a small, devoted team.
love and spirit.

cocktails devised and mixed by stav B
menu designed by doug haywood