The Gimlet a la Charente is a cocktail specially created by Philip Duff, spirits educator, bar consultant and Director of Education for Tales of the Cocktail, to salute the mentalist Derren Brown. If you’re a bartender and there’s an unconventional thinker you’d like to celebrate here’s what you need to know to be in with a chance of winning a very special prize…

G’Vine Perspectives is a unique challenge. Create an original G’Vine cocktail to salute your chosen person – they can be anyone; artist, designer, philosopher, scientist, politician or someone from the drinks industry. They could be from the present or the past. They might be someone you know or someone you just wish you had met. Then make a short video about your chosen person and your serve. If you make the cut you’ll be heading off to France for five days, visiting Bordeaux, Cognac and Paris. The trip includes a visit to a family-run cognac house, a cooking workshop with a Michelin-starred chef, a gin-paired lunch at a top Paris restaurant, a nosing master class with one of the city’s leading fragrance houses, a poolside dinner party and hot air balloon ride.

You can see more about G’Vine Perspectives here and find full details on the G’Vine Perspectives website. Hurry, you’ve got just five days to go…

The Gimlet a la Charente, for Derren Brown, English mentalist

45ml G’Vine Nouaison
30ml verjus
7.5ml rich sugar syrup (2:1); use less if the verjus is very sour
7.5ml crème de cassis

Stir with ice. Strain into an empty, pre-chilled cocktail coupe that’s been lightly spritzed with absinthe. Garnish with a single speared green grape.

“Derren elegantly uses memory skills, misdirection and psychology to create the effect of magic usually only achievable by lying to or tricking the audience with stooges and props, my Gimlet a la Charente elegantly creates the effect of the Gimlet without resorting to nasty non-fresh chemical syrup.” Philip Duff

Entries to G’Vine Perspectives close 10am GMT, Friday 22 May 2015.

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