Gin has fuelled many legendary writers, unforgettable characters and gripping plots. During London Cocktail Week (LCW), 8th-14th October, Hendricks & Chef Giorgio Ravelli from UPSTARIS at THE TEN BELLS, will explore this delightfully peculiar legacy with a culinary, literary and botanically-infused meandering through GIN in LITERATURE. James Bond seduces femme fatales over a lethal Martini — shaken, not stirred – and in David Copperfield, Mr Micawber’s melancholy evaporates as he prepares his special spiced punch. F. Scott Fitzgerald pens Jay Gatsby roaring through the Twenties downing Rickeys and Slings. From humble origins in the 17th century to its modern day renaissance, gin has long played a starring role in popular culture. Hendrick’s Unusual Literary Banquet will explore this journey through the ages, in an enlightening evening of culinary delights and genteel quaffing.
On Thursday 11th October, hosted by Hendrick’s Commander of Special Operations, David Piper, 40 willing participants will be captivated by a banquet from the much-lauded culinary minds from UPSTAIRS at THE TEN BELLS, paired with a number of novel libations created by Hendrick’s British Ambassador Duncan McRae, and all delicately interspersed & introduced with enlightening extracts from Dorothy Parker, Charles Dickens, Kingsley Amis and more.
Commenting on the Gin in Literature, David Piper, said: “The greatest characters in literature tend to be great drinkers, and their favourite tipple? Gin. The history of literature is, in many ways, the history of alcohol—making stories up and mixing cocktails are analogous activities. “
Hendricks Unusually Literary Banquet is priced at £60 per person, with 40 places available. To reserve tickets register at www.londoncocktailweek.com