As the hotly anticipated film-adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s masterpiece makes its way to the silver screen, Courvoisier – in true revolutionary style – is set to celebrate the resurgence of the Roaring Twenties with the Courvoisier Great Gatsby Pop-Up in Harrods, London.
Between 9 and 20 May 2013, Harrods visitors can experience the pop-up daily in the exclusive Tasting Room in the Wine Shop on the lower ground floor. The pop-up bar will be available to visit throughout the day, and, on selected days, 1920s revellers can relish in the excitement and glamour of the epoch by savouring the fine flavours of the Courvoisier liquid in a Brandy Crusta cocktail sample inspired by the Great Gatsby era.
Complimentary Brandy Crusta samples will be served to visitors on selected days between 2:00pm and 8:00pm (1:00pm – 6:00pm on Sundays) on 9 – 20 May. They will be created as part of a series of theatrical cocktail-making sessions held by the legendary Mixxit team of bartenders within the pop-up during these times. Whilst sipping away, visitors will be transported to the bygone age of flappers, jazz music and Art Deco, as they take in their surroundings of a moody 1920s underground bar and lounge area.
A bespoke Courvoisier cocktail devised by the brains behind the 200 year-old brand, the Brandy Crusta replicates the creation of the “improved” or “fancy” cocktail, which saw the addition of a liqueur to the original classic cocktail ingredients of spirit, bitters, sugar and water. The result is a cocktail which is a clear stepping stone on the path which leads to the “sour” cocktail family – in particular the Sidecar which was first created in 1922 – giving the concoction real historical integrity. The Brandy Crusta balances the warm spiciness of ginger cookies, dried plums and roasted coffee in the Courvoisier Exclusif with sharp lemon, orange curaçao and bitters, resulting in a refreshing yet intriguing drink, with a depth of flavour perfectly befitting the infamous Prohibition era.
There will also be limited availability to enjoy the Courvoisier Brandy Crusta at the main bar of the Harrods Wine Shop during this time, and the Food Halls will be dressed to capture the essence of the Great Gatsby era.