“One martini is all right. Two are too many, and three are not enough.”
So this Thursday just gone Dan and I headed along to the wonderful Kettners in Soho and treated ourselves to a little Martini time - the perfect after work tipple!
I've been a lover of Sipsmith spirits for a while now, in part I must admit simply because I love the bottles! However the spirit offerings themselves aren't half bad either.
For this event Sipsmith put together a 'pop-up' bar in a beautiful oak-panelled private room at Kettners, the apartment, where they curated a list of 100 classic Martini recipes for our delectable delight.
I've always been a fan of Martini although I never really think to choose it on a menu. When this event popped up on my screen courtesy of my Billetto app I got all excited, jumped at the chance to book a slot and dragged Dan along for the ride!
The brilliance of this event was in the details. On arrival we had to find our 'secret' entrance to the venue by looking for a door with the Sipsmith swan logo on it, a brilliant idea that added to the exclusive feel and excitement of the evening.
Once inside we were seated and handed an iPad from which we were to make our Martini selection. The iPad had been designed to help you select from the 100 Martini's on offer by answering questions on what type of character you are i.e. bold and intense, sweet and zesty etc. After a series of questions it then offered up a selection to peruse. If you didn't like the sound of any in that selection you could 'twist' for a further set of options.
Once decided you submitted your chosen tipple through the iPad and awaited for your bartender to arrive with their drinks trolley and your specific ingredients carefully selected. Upon arrival they prepared your drink at the table and explained to you the process and history, answering any questions that you had.
We tried a Klondike, George Burns, Adam and Eve and finally a Rolls Royce. Our waiter was great, enthusiastic and very informative. Of all the drinks we tried the orange infused Klondike inspired by the great gold rush was probably my favourite.
A great event, the whole evening was very relaxed, incredibly well organised and just a delightful way to spend a couple of hours in busy Soho away from all the crowds pushing to get to the bar!
The Kettners staff were all very friendly and helpful. The drinks and nibbles were all delicious and very well received by all in attendance.
As we speak this particular event has now ended but if it sounds like your kind of thing then I urge you to check out the Sipsmith website for future goings on of a similar kind.