Launches of Pisco Gobernador and Highshot
WITH temperatures fitfully beginning to rise in recent weeks, the thought of summery cocktails begins to loom large again in a drinker’s thoughts, and this past fortnight I was fortunate enough to be invited to two cocktail-themed launch events in London to get the ball rolling.
First up was the launch in Soho of Pisco Gobernador, a premium Chilean grape liquor made in the country’s Limarí Valley using a unique distillation process in copper stills.
A delicious blend of 50/50 Muscatel Rosada and Muscatel Del Alexandria, the spirit is produced by Torres, a long-established family of wine producers with almost 150 years’ experience of new world terroir.
It worked fantastically well in a range of cocktails on the night, including a refreshing ‘Pisco Punch’ that proved popular with most in attendance. The subterranean venue – Kingly Court’s Disrepute Bar – was also a fitting one, itself being a new and stylishly refurbished addition to the late-night Soho scene with its tunnel-shaped space and 60s background soundtrack.
Not far away, off Kensington High Street, lies another plush downstairs bar called The Hyde that was the host of my second event of the fortnight – the launch of a clever on-demand cocktail app called Highshot.
The cocktails on offer at The Hyde certainly packed a bit more of a sting in the tail – mingling with the ingredients of ginger, lemongrass, mango and pineapple in the signature Highshot cocktail was a small amount of actual snake venom!
Described as “fiendishly difficult” to prepare safely, the concoctions are comparable to preparing a Blowfish, or Pufferfish, whose internal organ toxins are 10,000 times more poisonous than cyanide.
Disappointingly, or perhaps luckily, I was offered only one of these zingy tipples, and spent the rest of my brief time there observing a live snake charmer and chatting to the makers of Highshot, an app which provides access to a members-only cocktail club for 30+ premium drinks a month at a growing selection of London’s best bars and lounges, all for less than the price of one cocktail (£9.99 a month).
Your first drink is gratis – just present the mixologist at your chosen venue with the app on your phone and receive a cocktail completely free of charge, including the (in)famous snake venom one!
For further info on the app and to download it, go to www.highshot.co
More on Pisco Gobernador at www.torres.es/en/spirits/pisco-gobernador