For this year’s All Hallows’ Eve, J and I dressed up as our usual selves and headed to the Montreal Symphony Orchestra’s VIP party. Organized by OSM+, a dynamic group of young philanthropists, the event promised to be grand and opulent. The night started off with a welcome cocktail, followed by a projection of Rupert Julian’s 1925 Phantom of the Opera, accompanied live by the organist William O’Meara. Serious business aside, the event ended with a purplish open-bar celebration where guests could let loose and mingle.
While I’ll spare you the details of my shenanigans, you must hear about a beautiful encounter I had that evening. Not a man, but certainly as sinful and exciting: I’m talking about the cocktails prepared by the unique Gabrielle Panaccio. A professional mixologist and owner of Le Lab (a must-see on your next visit to Mtl), she whipped up two classics for our enjoyment: an orange fizz and a gin & tonic. Using Le Lab’s own bitters, she offered fresh and elegant drinks that were presented gorgeously. The fizz had a particularly sophisticated taste. For posterity and for your next Christmas party, I’ve inserted the recipe below.
Cointreau Infernal Fizz:
- 2 oz Cointreau
- 2 drops Jamaican bitters
- 0.5 oz infernal ginger syrup from Le Lab
- 0.75 oz lemon juice
- 0.75 oz Bergamot puree (the secret ingredient!)
- Mineral water
All in all, a great event. The OSM+ organizes four big events per year to raise funds for the Symphony’s educational and public outreach programs. If you fancy networking with smart and pretty people while contributing to the arts, try this :).
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