DRINKS are being shaken not stirred at a five-star beach resort in Bahrain this month alongside a bespoke beverage trolley being wheeled around its outlets in all its dazzling glory.
Two exotic mocktails called Lady Iris and Lady Violet have been created to mark the celebration of craftsmanship between two iconic brands – the Ritz-Carlton and Asprey, the London-based luxury goods firm.
The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain’s beverage manager Riccardo Ciancilla, will be adding a dash of pizazz with a nightly ‘mixology show’ as part of a month-long promotion which started this week and runs until September 28.
“Having made its debut at Ritz-Carlton’s across North America and Europe, we are very excited to be the next stop on its international tour through the Middle East.
“Our master mixologist has made two inspiring beverages that boast flavours of lavender, pomegranate, hibiscus tea, fresh lemon juice, cardamom and watermelon juice,” said Andrea Colla, EAM-food & beverage of The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain.
“It will be a true surprise and delight for our guests and one that brings back the early 20th Century art of crafting the perfect refreshment served from a bespoke trolley that our founder and hotelier César Ritz would have been proud of.”
According to industry sources, the bespoke Asprey Beverage Trolley, once fully-fitted with all its accessories, is worth around BD30,000.
Made exclusively for The Ritz-Carlton, it draws inspiration from the 1920s and 1930s and when Asprey first started creating beverage shakers.
Celebrating the golden age of unique concoctions and Art Deco glamour, the silver-plated and tempered glass trolley will make its rounds nightly to the resort’s award-winning restaurants and elevated Ritz-Carlton Club Level lounge with a featured menu of craft libations made just for the occasion, including the Lady Iris and Lady Violet.
The trolley features customised ice buckets, beverage coolers, ice tongs and decanters in addition to handmade shakers and mouth-blown, hand-engraved glassware, such as a set of 12 tumblers featuring a white engraved octopus motif set against a black background.
Established in 1781, Asprey, the London-based luxury goods firm, specialises in crafts like gold, silver and leather. It makes crowns and other regal accoutrements for international royal families and has grown to take a leading position in the jewellery industry with its unique collection of rare coloured diamonds.
The bespoke Asprey trolley will makes its rounds nightly from 7pm-8pm at the following restaurants and on Fridays, from 1pm-2pm, at La Med’s Friday Brunch:
- Mondays: Primavera
- Tuesdays: Lobby Lounge
- Wednesdays: Ritz Gourmet Lounge
- Thursdays: Ritz-Carlton Club® Level lounge
- Fridays: La Med Friday Brunch
- Saturdays: Lobby Lounge
- Sundays: Plums