Tuscan martini on offer at Bombay Sapphire’s The Living Gallery pop-up. Photo / Supplied

A New Gin Pop-Up Marks The Opening Of The Glasshouse In Morningside

Bombay Sapphire's The Living Gallery pop-up is the perfect excuse for a cocktail

Here at Viva we say a great cocktail is an artform in itself. A perfectly made pre-dinner negroni on a warm summer’s evening? It’s perfection.

The latest art-fuelled pop-up venture from Bombay Sapphire, The Living Gallery, promises to heighten this experience further with unique gin cocktails that celebrate a sensory element — be it taste, sight or smell. The artistry component comes courtesy of the creative cocktails served at interactive drink stations, as well as an evolving mural centrepiece created by artist-in-residence Harris Keenen.

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In charge of the drinks are four of the country’s best bars: Parasol & Swing, Bedford Soda & Liquor, Yonder in Queenstown and Forresters Lane in Wellington.

Each mixologist had one of the senses top of mind when crafting their drink. Parasol & Swing’s Richard Stonehouse focused on “taste” with a savoury Tuscan martini made from gin, Italian wine, balsamic and black pepper to be garnished with a bespoke Italian-inspired chocolate. To evoke the sense of smell, Andrew Pollard of Yonder crafted a gimlet with pine sherbet and lemon, to be served under an aromatic bell jar, to transport you to a New Zealand pine forest.

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The pop-up is the first event housed at the new Glasshouse building in the Morningside Precinct — a greenhouse-style dome filled with plants and trees of all description — creating an avant-garde art gallery meets botanical wonderland.

• Bombay Sapphire’s The Living Gallery, November 21-25. The Glasshouse, 18 McDonald St, Morningside Precinct. Ticket includes a customised gin and tonic, and two signature cocktails, $45pp from Iticket.co.nz

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