Manchester gin distiller Zymurgorium is hosting a virtual summer cocktail party this month – and there’s already some very special guests in attendance.
Legendary local DJ and radio presenter Hattie Pearson – who’s spent lockdown spinning tracks live on United We Stream – will be starring alongside mixology expert Charlie Todd and a flamboyance of real flamingos for an interactive evening of spirit-sipping, games and challenges.
Hattie, Charlie and the flamingos from Paradise Park (a wildlife sanctuary in Cornwall) will host the occasion over Zoom on Friday 17 July from 7pm – 8:45pm.
Tickets are priced at £30 per person and include the ‘Mini Zym Stack’ – which contains five different gin-based liqueurs; Cherry Bakewell, Sweet Violet, Strawberry Mint, Quince and Ginger and Turkish Delight.
These will all be used to create cocktails during the party and delivered directly to the buyer’s door in advance.
Participants will also receive a list of required equipment and additional ingredients to source before the games begin – along with a Zoom link to log on.
Maya will take over three floors, from a canal-side brasserie space serving modern-European classics to a lower ground-floor, elegantly designed dining room that will centre around an ingredient-led, locally sourced and seasonal menu.
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