On tuesday night I was invited by Hendricks to try their new hotel mini bar experience and have a go at making two of their cocktails at the very swanky London Edition Hotel. The peculiarly named H.O.T.E.L. (Hendrick’s Ocular Tool for Extraordinary Libations) offers guests staying in any of the 12 suites at the luxury five-star hotel the chance to immerse their senses in the latest in-suite drinking innovation, with an extraordinary virtual cocktail class led by global Hendrick’s ambassador, David Piper.
The peculiar experience emanates from the discovery of a book, curiously placed on the suite’s drinks trolley. When opened, residents will discover a medley of mysterious bottled liquid before the screen comes to life with the apparition of David Piper who then guides them through the serve instructions.
During my visit I got to meet the very eccentric and cool David Piper and make their Inspector Gimlet cocktail in one of The London Edition’s luxury suites. Hendricks have set out to make cocktail making easy even for the most clueless among us it took no time to make my cocktail as all the ingredients were included with the correct quantities. The Inspector Gimlet cocktail is made from Hendricks and riesling cordial and tasted absolutely delicious.