Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Glam Luxe Destinations: A Groundbreaking Collaboration

The legendary Venice Simplon-Orient-Express and Belmond Hotel Cipriani will join Hôtel Ritz Paris to offer a pop-up cocktail bar.

The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, Belmond Hotel Cipriani and Hôtel Ritz Paris all offer world-renowned travel experiences to discerning guests. Each is a historic icon in its own right and all three boast a longstanding reputation for producing outstanding cocktails.

The Ritz Paris’ Head Bartender, Colin Field, will join Walter Nisi and Walter Bolzonella, Head Barmen of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express and Belmond Hotel Cipriani respectively, April 9th–15th to serve a range of cocktails from the Ritz Paris.

The special cocktails will include:
  • Serendipity; a refreshing blend of fresh mint, champagne,
  • Calvados; apple brandy and apple juice, and
  • French 75; a heady mix of champagne, gin and lemon juice.

The three expert mixologists are also offering cocktail-making classes to guests wishing to recreate the beverages at home.

Colin and Walter Nisi are to prepare cocktails for passengers in the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express’ Bar Car as the train journeys from Paris to Venice on 9th April. The pop-up bar will then relocate to Gabbiano Bar at Belmond Hotel Cipriani, where Colin partners with Walter Bolzonella for five days before rejoining Walter Nisi aboard the train on 15th April for its return trip to Paris.

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The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express
The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express’ 1920s carriages were lovingly restored to take passengers on one of the world’s most celebrated and romantic journeys.

Head Barman Walter Nisi has been mixing cocktails on the world's most famous train since 2008. His signature cocktails include the Guilty 12, a favourite of David Suchet, which is inspired by the 12 characters in Agatha Christie's famous novel and the countries the train travels through during the season.

Belmond Hotel Cipriani
Located on the tip of Giudecca Island, the iconic Belmond Hotel Cipriani commands unrivaled views of the Venetian lagoon and is famous for its exquisite interiors and outstanding cuisine.

Walter Bolzonella has headed-up the bar for 37 years and is renowned for his Bellini, which he prepares using fresh white peaches on the advice of Giuseppe Cipriani, founder of Harry’s Bar where the cocktail was invented. Walter’s own exclusive creations include the Buona Notte, which he invented with Hollywood star George Clooney in honour of the actor’s 2005 film "Good Night, and Good Luck" and Nina’s Passion, named after Clooney’s mother.

Walter will present his newest cocktail at the pop-up bar: Lucky Spritz, a classic Aperol spritz with Recioto wine and orange bitters.


The Hôtel Ritz Paris
The Hôtel Ritz Paris is located in the 1st arrondissement. It was founded by the Swiss hotelier César Ritz in 1898 and overlooks the octagonal border of the Place Vendôme.

The hotel is ranked highly among the most prestigious and luxurious hotels in the world and is a member of "The Leading Hotels of the World". As of 2014 the Ritz is closed for a major multi-million dollar renovation.

British-born Colin Field has overseen the hotel’s legendary Hemingway Bar. He was twice-voted the world’s best barman by Forbes magazine and the inventor of several drinks including the Picasso Martini. The bar's 90-year history of high-profile patrons includes Coco Chanel, Truman Capote, and Kate Moss – since 1994.

Colin is currently hosting pop-up bars around the world while the Ritz is closed for renovation, and is to welcome Walter Nisi and Walter Bolzonella to his own bar for a similar collaboration when the hotel has reopened.

Coco Chanel at the Ritz Paris