Finally, New York! The weather is getting warmer and people are more eager to get out of their homes. And what that means for New York City residents and event and catering companies in New York: the events in New York City start to occur more often. This is the time of the year when new collections are being launched, announcements are being dropped and Page Six begins chatting about the most fabulous summer parties in New York.
ALCHEMIQ had the opportunity to be a part of such an extraordinary event. A few weeks ago, ALCHEMIQ was asked to collaborate with IWC Schaffhausen and Pernod Ricard to create a unique experience around the new Da Vinci watch collection. The event required some luxury hors d’oeuvre service with cocktails inspired by the new watches. And while watches and cocktails do not seem to go hand-in-hand, New York city’s top catering company and mixologists took the challenge and ran with it.
ALCHEMIQ served their mini olive crusted cones with a zesty avocado mousse made with ginger, galangal, lemongrass and makrut lime; and the refreshing “Watermelon Radish Clips” filled a Russ & Daughters’ smoked sable, horseradish whipped cream, caramelized onions and capers. The guests of this luxurious New York City event also had the opportunity to indulge in the “Alchemiq Rolls,” the most popular item from ALCHEMIQ’s menu: a vinegar-cured zucchini slice rolled with goat cheese, sunflower seeds and avocado. ALCHEMIQ also debuted the fluke crudo with mascarpone and white truffle pearls, which was absolutely delicious!
A portion of the event was a presentation of the Da Vinci watch collection. Beautiful models presented the impressive new line of watches, while a mixologist presented cocktails inspired by the watches. Igor Zukowiec, mixologist, caterer and the founder of ALCHEMIQ, took on the challenge to come up with three cocktails with some of the luxury brands from Pernod Ricard portfolio in mind.
The first cocktail was inspired by the Da Vinci Diamonds; it was a twist on a French 75 cocktail served in a tall Collins glass. The cocktail was made with Monkey 47 Gin and Perrier Jouet Champagne. Igor used crushed ice to represent the watch’s 54 diamonds and a stainless steel straw to represent the watch’s stainless steel case. The watch came with a raspberry-colored alligator leather strap while the cocktail was made with a raspberry juice. Instead of lemon juice, Igor went for citric acid solution to keep the raspberry color brighter.
The second cocktail was inspired by Da Vinci Automatic 36 Moonphase, a watch with moon phase complication and dark blue leather strap. The cocktail was made with Absolut Elyx, fresh blueberries and butterfly pea flower tea from Wild Hibiscus Company to showcase the dark blue color without using artificial ingredients. Igor also used an elderberry tincture made trough a moon phase cycle and then topped the cocktail with a molecular citrusy foam. Then he used a stencil to spray the “flower of life” symbol that’s engraved on the watch’s back.
The third cocktail was inspired by a classically simple Da Vinci Automatic. Igor used the bold Glenlivet Family Reserve to mix it up with fresh peaches and chamomile. Keeping the cocktail on the bolder side, Igor served it with a blue ice sphere to represent the watch’s contrasting blue seconds hand and its round case. The double old fashioned glass that was used for the cocktail was garnished with an edible gold leaf to represent the gold plated hour and minute hands.
Needless to say, with a gorgeous line of watches, delectable food and impressive cocktails, the event was a huge success. ALCHEMIQ prides itself on being one of the most innovative among all NYC catering companies. It was truly an honor to be a part of such an event.