Recently I was lucky enough to win a couple of tickets to Grey Goose Vodka’s latest event at Gordon Ramsay’s New Restaurant Bread Street Kitchen. For those who haven’t heard of Taste By appointment it is an intimate event that aims to teach and help us discover our own cocktail tastes. Here is what we got up to on our visit:
Once seated we were presented in front of a tray containing a range of bottles, pipets, containers and a Q&A card. Also presented was a glass of Grey Goose’s signature cocktail, Grey Goose Le Fizz (containing Grey Goose standard, bottle green elderflower, lime juice and soda) which without a doubt is bloody good! We were then taken on what can only be described a taste journey. Helping us navigate was the handsome and charismatic Joe McCanta who is the Brand Ambassador for Grey Goose and Mario Neziri who is Bread Street Kitchen’s resident mixologist.
The first part of the journey was to discover if we were “super tasters” who are people who have a higher concentrations of papillae or “normal tasters”. Super tasters we were told have the ability to taste more flavours although this is not necessarily a good thing. It turns out I am one which would explain why I dislike coffee and red wine so much!
Then we were asked to taste some of the mystery items and try to guess whether they were salty, sour, bitter, umami or sweet. We were also shown how smell and colour also inform our taste senses. All very interesting. Next, food! We were served delicious canapes made by the chefs at Bread Street Kitchen which included potatoes and sour cream; salt & pepper cuttlefish with tartare sauce; mini mushroom and parmesan pizza and the most delicious mini burger cooked to perfection. These kept on coming throughout the evening as well as countless glasses of Grey Goose. I got slightly merry :)
Once we had discovered what our tastes each of us was given the chance to prepare some very simple cocktails. Understanding that I liked things that were both sweet and sour I chose to mix Grey Goose Orange, sugar, with lemon juice, which was uber punchy but nice.
At the end of the evening we had the opportunity to have our own custom made cocktails made by Joe McCanta. My penchant for things that are creamy and sweet (I love baileys) means that my cocktail resembled more of a dessert. Yummy!
I had a fabulous time a Grey Goose’s Taste By Appointment evening at Bread Street Kitchen and would recommend it to anyone who is looking for something special or different to do in London. The staff were polite and attentive and we enjoyed ourselves immensely.
For more information about Grey Goose Taste By Appointment events please visit: http://www.greygoosetaste.com/
If you would like to have a go at making Lanky Girl’s Strawberry and Cream Dream cocktail here is the recipe:
|35ml Grey Goose Vodka
20ml White Curacao
35ml Orgeat Syrup
60ml Double Cream
|Muddle, shake and strain|