Stepping into Gardel’s Bar at Porteño Events on Cleveland Street, Surry Hills, was to enter a world of art, dance and a fruity, French take on life. As part of Cointreau’s global ‘art of the mix’ campaign, brand ambassador and sixth generation of the Cointreau family, Alfred Cointreau, invited a selection of Sydneysiders to reimagine this orange scented drink.
Set up at the bar were the most famous of the Cointreau-based cocktails, the martini and the sidecar. Spread out across the two rooms were further station where more inventive takes on these classics were served, which, as Alfred notes, points to the future and the heritage of Cointreau.
“You do not have a limit for the creativity behind the bar – nowadays bartenders are more and more creative can have access easily to more ingredients. We will see new cocktail techniques and flavours in the coming years.”
As the night progressed, the attention shifted to the open courtyard below, where dancers began a routine which they would then transport to unexpected pop-ups in the middle of the crowd. Each moment was like a tableau in itself, and this combination of visuals, movement and a citrus-based liqueur, recalled, for Alfred the persona of the founder of the Cointreau drink and dynasty.
“This man was an artiste: he written pieces of theatre, played musical instrument, was painter, drawer and liquor maker. Cointreau is a result of creativity.”
The colour, vibrancy and frisson of the night brought the spirit of Angers, located in the Loire Valley, to Surry Hills.