brick lane, london on a saturday night: sticky, messy and busy... and i was tucked away behind it, at the cooperage building, in a small, but full of character mezzanine room, called the espero space, for kuchenga's 30th birthday party.
the brief included shortbus, which is a wonderful film, written and directed by john cameron mitchell, of the hedwig and the angry inch fame.
i went and got the film and watched it, hungrily and loved it and to my surprise, i wept towards the end, as the feelings escalate and vivian justin bond's chanson breaks my heart.
i decided to create three cocktails, sexy and delicious, colourful and very alcoholic and made with aphrodisiac herbs, fruits and spices, to entice the senses and to go with the brief loosely.
w/ rum, citrus fruits, watermelon, pineapple, pomegranates, ginger, chillies and vanilla pods. Garnished with edible flowers and glitter.
w/ gin, passion fruit juices, passion fruit liqueur and prosecco. Garnished with a blueberry.
THE ROSE ELIXIR OF QUIETUDE
w/ rose vodka, rose syrup and lemon juice. Garnished with a rose petal.
needless to say, the drinks went down really well, everyone was happy and tipsy and drunk and i was really glad, to have made people satisfied, mission accomplished, as i realised that i was back at the pop up game and it suited me fine.
new business to come out after this? all to be revealed in due time.
to sarah and kuchenga, for giving me the job,
to anka, for being a great bartender,
isabel and thomas, for helping on the floor
and kel, for the space.
and yes, i tolerated the paper cups. romantic and practical.
happy birthday kuchenga and have a great year. x