26 February 2013

An intimate soiree with Dita Von Teese and Cointreau at The Victoria Room, Darlinghurst (25 Feb 2013)

Level 1, 235 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst NSW 2010

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A bit of Cointreauversial action

Thanks to Sharonne Lipman from Stellar* Concepts for inviting me to this intimate cocktail event with Cointreau Ambassador Dita Von Teese. I've always been a fan of Cointreau being a versatile spirit for cocktails and tonight three cocktails were served. The Dita Fizz gets my tick as a favourite of the night — ruby red grapefruit has always had great appeal for me and was very easy to drink. The bar was full of paparazzi guests whilst Dita Von Teese demonstrated her cocktail making skills. There was no room to get close as well to the action so I amused myself by taking photos of people taking photos of her which I love doing anyway. I was very impressed with the canapes served. The Grilled prawns were flavoursome and decently sized and the Lemon tarts had great flavour and excellent shortcrust pastry. The Victoria Room sure know how to cook and with such lovely decor makes for a pretty cool function space. Bar manager Luke Hanzlicek was kind enough to make me one of his special cocktails of Poached Fig and Marsala Julep ($14). Great depth of flavours makes it a winner worth recommending others to try if they're a fan of Mount Gay Extra Old Rum.

PROS: It's not every day you get to meet Dita Von Teese and she is very beautiful, Cointreau works very well in cocktails, Very nice canapes, Friendly function staff
CONS: Dita Von Teese is one very popular lady so trying to get a photo of and with her is a challenge even in such a intimate setting
MUST TRY: Dita Fizz, Poached Fig and Marsala Julep
VERDICT: Lovely decor, nice cocktails and tasty canapes makes for a successful event
Cointreau cocktails are served — one of each please!
Cocktail menu
Dita Fizz
Cointreau Fizz Classic
Bar manager Luke Hanzlicek (left) preparing some cosmopolitans

Touched by the hand of Dita Von Teese makes it extra special
Paparazzi in full swing

Cointreau lovers

Miss Pia Andersen in her vintage best
DJs in the house
Official photographers shoot out

All smiles with facebook competition winners
Grilled prawns — great flavour and decent size
Lemon tarts — good flavour and excellent pastry
Scones — nice texture and flavour

Nightcap courtesy of bar manager Luke Hanzlicek: Poached Fig and Marsala Julep ($14) made with Mount Gay Extra Old Rum, Vedrenne fig liqueur, Marsala, Angostura Bitters, Soda water, Mint leaves and garnish with mint and baby figs marinated with cinnamon and star anise
Heart shaped nail polish — pretty cool
Goodie bag to make your own Cointreau cocktail at home

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Christine @ Cooking Crusade said...

Looks like such a fun night. Dita looks sooo gorgeous as always! I really need to learn how to do those heart shaped nails as well - they look amazing!

Nic@diningwithastud said...

She really is perfection!

Milktea Eats said...

that lemon tart looked amazing!

Simon Leong said...

hi christine, she certainly looks great for her age.

hi nic, apparently i've heard she also does all her own makeup

hi milkteaxx, victoria room sure know how to make good canapes :-)

Vivian - vxdollface said...

Dita is stunning!

Simon Leong said...

hi vivian, i think many would agree with you :-)

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