10 Years, 10 Cocktails Art Gallery Unveiling Presented by Bombay Sapphire Gin in NYC, featuring 2016 winner Schuyler Hunton for his “The Breakfast in Bombay” cocktail.
Gin brand Bombay Sapphire’s commitment to the arts is well known, with its ongoing Artisan Series and collaborations with RUSH Philanthropies often headlining art fairs. But this time, guests gathered at White Space Chelsea at Agora Gallery to celebrate the “10 YEARS, 10 COCKTAILS RETROSPECTIVE GALLERY” in honor of the 10th Anniversary of Bombay Sapphire’s Most Imaginative Bartender Competition (MIB). Guests had an opportunity to explore 25 original works, created by the New York Academy of Arts. In an amazing feat of innovation and creativity, a collaboration with Golden Paints allowed for ingredients like matcha tea, beets, jalapeño, and cinnamon to be dehydrated, pulverized, and combined with binder to produce more than 173 batches of original paint, an examination of the basic elements to some of the world’s most innovative cocktails. Each painting was crafted using paints created out of their corresponding cocktail’s ingredients. This kind of practical clever approach is simple in concept and straightforward in theory, but the works created are all truly unique and interesting in their own right.
Of course, someone had to be crowned the next Most Imaginative Bartender for the next year. It is Schuyler Hunton (Tiger Mama), the 2016 North American Winner of Bombay Sapphire Most Imaginative Bartender Competition also was in town from Boston celebrating his winner. Guests enjoyed his winning recipe, “The Breakfast in Bombay”, as its painting also made its debut. There really is an art to a good cocktail, from the recipe to the ratios and arrangements, the ice, the leaves, the color, everything. Dynamic improvisation and a taste for good balance is essential. Bombay Sapphire’s commitment to furthering the art of mixing! Its important to commend Bombay Sapphire’s willingness to explore mixed drinks as an art form, as they’d have it: “every glass is a blank canvas”.
Read more about the MIB and Bombay Sapphire Gin here.