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World Cocktail Week and World Cocktail Day 2011

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World Cocktail Week culminating in World Cocktail Day – sip your way around the globe with Merivale.  Cocktail Masterclasses from around the world in  themed Merivale bars around Sydney.  Live Cocktail mixing competitions.   World Cocktail Week 2011 launch party at Hemmesphere photos and story

  • 5 – 13 May 2011 (World Cocktail Day 13 May 2011)
  • Various Merivale venues

World Cocktail Week in 2011 with Merivale venues leading the charge on 5 May with a host of events and global destination themed bars, culminating on World Cocktail Day on May 13, which commemorates the anniversary of the definition of the word cocktail.  World Cocktail Week 2011 will enable thirsty cocktail aficionados to sip their way around the globe while learning the art of mixing their favourite tipple.  “Each year World Cocktail Week becomes bigger and better with more events and classes on the calendar educating both the industry and the consumer ” says Merivale’s Group Bar Manager, Mike Enright.

The humble cocktail has come a long way since it was first explained in the 1806 edition of The Balance and Colombian Repository, and World Cocktail Week serves as a public recognition of the cocktail while also promoting an appreciation of the history, ongoing development as well as responsible drinking.

 Sydney’s cocktail drinkers will also be able to learn how to mix a mean drink at one of Merivale’s many cocktail classes, gain a classic appreciation at the Vintage Cocktail night, emulate the suave style of the 50s at the Gentleman’s Finishing School or simply indulge in one of the signature cocktails that will be specially created to match global destination themes at eleven Merivale venues.

The Magnificent 7 ‘Live’ cocktail mixing competition returns again this year and will see seven finalists battle it out for the coveted first place mixologist title. Guests will enjoy complimentary entry and cocktails on arrival and after the cocktail competition, The Groove Academy will take the stage and keep the party pumping into the night.

 World Cocktail Week’s 2011 Calendar of events:
Cuban Rum Masterclass – ivy Pool Club
Thursday 5th May, 6pm – 7.30pm, $65pp includes 3 cocktails, Cuban Rum tastings & canapés

Cocktail Express – various venues
Thursday 5th May & Tuesday 10th May, 6 – 8pm, $65pp includes 4 cocktails/ mocktails & canapés

Russian Standard Vodka Masterclass – ivy terrace
Friday 6th May, 4 – 5.30pm, $65pp includes 3 cocktails & canapés

Whiskies of the World – the den
Friday 6th May, 4 – 5.30pm, $65pp includes whisky tasting, 3 cocktails & canapés

Tiki Cocktail Class – Lotus
Saturday 7th May, 6 – 7.30pm, $65 includes 3 Appleton rum cocktails and canapés by Dan Hong

Cognac Masterclass – Felix
Monday 9th May, 6 – 7.30pm, $65pp includes 3 cocktails, Cognac tastings & canapés by Lauren Murdoch
Tequila Masterclass – Ms. G’s
Monday 9th May, 6 – 7.30pm, $65pp includes 3 cocktails, tequila tastings & canapés by Dan Hong

Luxury Vodka Masterclass – Hemmesphere
Tuesday 10th May, 6-7.30pm, $65pp includes 3 cocktails, flavoured vodka tastings & canapés

Vintage Cocktail Night with Veteran Bartenders – ivy Penthouse
Tuesday 10th May, 6.30 – 9pm, $70pp includes vintage cocktails and canapés

Gin Masterclass – Gin Garden, Establishment
Wednesday 11th May, 6 – 7.30pm, $65pp includes 3 cocktails, gin tastings & cucumber sandwiches

The Magnificent 7 ‘Live’ Competition (Grand Final) – ivy main bar
Thursday 12th May, 7pm, free entry and complimentary cocktails on arrival

Gentleman’s Finishing School – ivy Penthouse
Friday 13th May, 4-6pm, $70 includes 3 cocktails and canapés along with lessons on things every discerning gentleman needs to know

Art of the Cocktail Hour – the den
Friday 13th May, 4-6pm, $70 includes 3 cocktails and canapés with Pia Anderson demonstrating the style and etiquette of the cocktail hour

For further information visit www.merivale.com or to book a cocktail class or an event, call 02 9240 3000.

World Cocktail Week is a global initiative first started by the Museum of the American Cocktail in New Orleans in 2006 www.museumoftheamericancocktail.org

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