Moon Festival Cocktail Feast presented by Bombay Sapphire EAST - Taking Mixology Worldwide

Los Angeles was treated to the first-ever LUCKYRICE "Ramen Slurpfest" and "Moon Festival Cocktail Feast" presented by Bombay Sapphire EAST on October 1st and 2nd. The guests were treated to flavors of ramen and Bombay Sapphire cocktails that took their taste buds to places they have never experienced before.

LuckyRice founder Danielle Chang

Thurday night things began with “Ramen Slurpfest,” will teach guests the proper way to slurp this popular, everyday Japanese meal in authentically similar fashion - with gusto and speed! Guests of the popular event will experience 4 different styles of ramen while rotating to each new tasting bar every 13 minutes to sample "must-try" dishes – think speed dating, ramen style. Participating chefs/restaurants include: Totto Ramen (NYC), Ichicoro-Ya (Tampa, FL), Tsujita La Artisan Noodle (LA) and Ramen Tatsu-Ya (Austin, TX), while Bombay Sapphire EAST serves signature cocktails to pair with each dish.

Bombay Sapphire East cocktails

"I realized there was a special currency about Asian food and I just wanted to share my heritage," festival founder Danielle Chang said. "Chefs are reinventing flavors, whether you went to French culinary school or grew up eating their moms kimchi, they are taking those flavors and combining them and it is a rebirth of fusion, cultures are colliding right here in LA, you can combine hispanic and Korean. We are finally entering into this phase were food is art, there are no rules."

Bombay Sapphire East with ginger

Bombay Sapphire EAST took over Vibiana in Downtown Los Angeles on Friday night with an endless lineup of cocktails that paired Bombay with so many unique ingredients, guests likely left the event with at least two or three favorite new cocktails.

The Association

Artisty not only is prevelant in cooking these days, but mixology has become an artform of it's own. Working with such an amazing spirit as Bombay Sapphire, guests were treated to such unique cocktails as the Sapphire East Lemongrass and Elderflower Collins as well as the Sapphire East & Tonic. Both drinks feature Bombay Sapphire East Gin and then were mixed using fresh ingredients go give guests a unique twist to these classic cocktails.

"People want to travel through their taste buds, there is a cultural exchange that we are all benefitting from," Danielle said. "Whether it is dining or cocktails, events like this expose people to new flavor profiles."

The Harvest Moon Festival Cocktail Feast featured a number of cocktail staples with Asian-inspired libations crafted by New York “Star-tenders” like Brandyn Tepper (Cocktail Academy), Garrett Mikell (Eveleigh), Joshua Yerkey (Seoul Sausage Co.) and more. The mixology work truly was artistry as each cocktail utilized the versatile flavor profile of Bombay Sapphire East gin (infused with Thai lemongrass and Vietnamese black peppercorns) while allowing the mixologists a chance to get creative  as they celebrated the Harvest Moon Festival. 

To give you a chance to try one of these creations at home, we have shared a great cocktail recipe.
 
SIGNATURE 2015 YEAR OF THE SHEEP COCKTAIL
In celebration of the Year of the Sheep, the “Feeling Sheep(ish)” cocktail was specifically crafted with soothing ginger syrup and chamomile tea to honor the traditional tender and calm characteristics of the Sheep (goat, or ram).
 
Feeling Sheep(ish)
-2 oz. Chamomile-infused Bombay Sapphire East Gin
-3/4 oz. Ginger syrup
-1/4 oz. Simple syrup
-3/4 oz. Fresh lemon
-2 oz. Soda water
-2 droppers Bittercube Bolivar Bitters
-Garnish: Two lemon peels inserted into the glass
-Served in a Collins
Created by Bacardi Mixologist, Nick Kosevich

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