Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Cunard Celebrates World Gin Day

Last Saturday gin lovers around the world celebrated World Gin Day and Cunard Line marked the occasion by unveiling a brand new gin-based cocktail inspired by the company’s iconic Transatlantic Crossing. The new cocktail will feature Liverpool Gin, as the acclaimed, premium organic spirit makes its debut on board Cunard’s fleet of three Queens, flagship Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria, and Queen Elizabeth.

Devised by award winning Liverpudlian bartender, Joe Wild (pictured here), the new cocktail “A Transatlantic Love Affair” takes inspiration from Cunard's spiritual home, Liverpool and the role the company has always played in connecting both sides of the Atlantic, a role that Cunard proudly continues today, offering the only scheduled Transatlantic Crossing on Queen Mary 2. Wild, the 27-year-old who works at one of Liverpool’s most exclusive bars, 81 LTD, explained his inspiration behind his choice of ingredients and his delight at being chosen to create this special cocktail during Cunard’s 175th anniversary year.

“As soon as I was asked I knew immediately that Cunard, and Liverpool’s rich history would dictate the ingredients for this very special cocktail. From the lime, inspired by Lime Street Station in Liverpool, to the Bourbon mist, which perfumes the drink so guests can literally smell America on the horizon. Being able to use locally sourced ingredient like Liverpool Gin, simply consolidates the flavors and creates a truly unmistakable drink that guests will be able to enjoy during this very special year and beyond. In short, it’s absolutely delicious!”

Liverpool Gin is a premium organic product made from scratch using only pure certified organic botanicals, producing a highly distinctive, aromatic drink. As well as a key ingredient in the anniversary cocktail, the spirit will also be available to enjoy in its own right on board the Cunard fleet. On Saturday, July 4th, Liverpool will once again provide the perfect backdrop for Cunard celebrations as Queen Mary 2 will set sail for New York from the banks of the Mersey, re-enacting the very first ever Transatlantic Crossing as guests enjoy the new premium cocktail.

“As we continue to celebrate this milestone anniversary, we seek new ways to enhance our guest experience," said Richard Meadows, president, Cunard North America. “We are very excited about this truly special cocktail, and the special meaning it holds.”

Guests travelling with Cunard will be able to enjoy their very own Transatlantic Love Affair cocktail and Liverpool Gin in the impressive observational cocktail bar, the Commodore Club. This unique venue on board each Cunard Queen offers spectacular panoramic forward views and a sophisticated ambiance as guests gather to enjoy pre-dinner cocktails, canap├ęs, and live piano music every evening. The Transatlantic Love Affair will be available on board Queen Mary 2 from Saturday July 4, on board Queen Elizabeth on July 14, and Queen Victoria from July 19.

Image Courtesy Cunard Line

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