When talking about wine tasting, many people think that it is unfathomable, and it is not something you would do in daily life. For those who cannot drink much alcohol like me, it is even impossible to enjoy this activity. Even though I tried to put drinking as an item that I have to accomplish in my to-do-list (It seems that it is not cool if I cannot drink), I could hardly achieve it.
This time, I received an invitation of a bar tour in Munich from Hendrick’s Gin, and Coco is the spokesperson. We visited three bars on a Friday evening and began with a glass of aperitif. ‘We are happy while we drink. It is because of the time we spend with our friends but not because of the amount of alcohol we have’. After reading this sentence in the invitation, I was very looking forward to this tour.
Coco was an actor when he was a youngster and he enjoyed acting very much. Since he wanted to see this world, he left his hometown to travel around and he worked as a bartender in his job. Although he could get along with everyone well with his outgoing personality, he described the job as a bartender was very similar to a mother, ‘All customers were like my children. Some were well-behaved while some were not. As a mother, you have to take good care of them’.
Coco is a witty person, but I could still see his kindness when he smiled. Although he has worked in the showbiz for many years, he is passionate in art and classical music. ‘I love Wong Kar-Wai’s movies very much, especially his soundtracks.’ Coco knows a lot about cocktail, including its history and the ingredients of each cocktail. As a spokesperson of Hendrick’s Gin, Coco has to travel a lot and visit different bars. Nonetheless, he always has interesting stories to share with others since he has seen much of the world. ‘Our conversation is not limited to wine and cocktails. What Hendrick’s Gin wants to achieve is that everyone can be connected through its gin. Just like now we are able to sit together and chat with each other’.
This seems to be a challenging task, but Coco gets a lot of inspiration from the people he has met through this job. Apart from that, he also learns a lot of philosophy of life from different tasks, and that reminds him to be a humble person. Because of his sincere characteristic and humorous style of conversation, this dinner was very attractive and interesting.
Schumann’s Bar is the restaurant and bar I visit very often in Munich. The delicious food, the good service, and the classic interior design are the three main reasons the locals love to visit. Because of this event, the bartenders created cocktails using Hendrick’s Gin to match the dishes. Served with fine cocktails and good food, the accompanying guests had an endless conversation on photography, various camera accessories, social media and of course, cocktails. It was a joyous meal.
Schumann’s Bar是城裡我很常到訪的餐廳酒館；平日裡餐點可口、服務親切、空間設計經典，是慕城民眾喜愛的聚會場所。這天因為Hendrick’s Gin的到訪，酒保更是使出渾身解數調配多款精緻調酒搭配美食；參與的伙伴都對攝影與相關器材有興趣，有酒有美食的談話讓人欲罷不能，樂不思蜀。
Jaded Money was the other bar we visited and one of the bartenders there, Bill comes from the US. Wearing a long beard, he has lived in Germany over 30 years and he speaks fluent German. Jaded Money has only opened for a few years. Located at the citer center, this tiny bar with simple interior decoration makes good use of space and the bar looks well organized. Therefore, the bar attracts a lot of customers. Coco recommended me a cocktail called French 75 and said ‘Try this cocktail when you visit a bar with your girlfriends, the champagne gives a sweet and refreshing flavor to this cocktail’.
Many people think that there are cocktails which are only suitable for men or for women, but Coco pointed out that this is a misunderstanding. As long as the atmosphere is right, he recommends the same cocktail to both gender. ‘Every cocktail has its unique story and each one recalls me the memories of the cities and bars I visited’. Instead of discussing which cocktail is suitable for men or women, Coco suggests we should enjoy the interaction with people as well as the atmosphere at that moment.
Jaded Money的駐檯酒保Bill來自美國，定居德國也有三十年時間，一把長鬍子的他很有個性，德文也說得純熟。Jaded Money營業沒有幾年時間，簡潔的調性加上正好位在市中心，空間雖然不寬敞卻因為規劃良好總是座無虛席。CoCo介紹了一款French 75的調酒讓我嚐嚐，說道：「這是款和閨密到酒館時可以點的單品，加了香檳的口感清爽香甜呢。」
Although it was already late evening when we arrived at Trisoux, the bar was still crowded because it was Friday evening. Trisoux is the tiniest bar among the three bars we visited that night. However, the guests might have an illusion that the bar was big due to the high ceiling. There were many wine bottles and wine glasses displaying next to the bar tables. The guests in this bar were very casual. They either stood or sat with one another closely to chat and enjoy the background music. In this bar, you can experience the other side of attractiveness of Munich. I recommend this bar to couples who are passionately in love. Oh, forgot to share with you that I tried “Girvan Gimlet” at Trisoux. Girvan Gimlet is a classic gin cocktail and is not strong. It is refreshing and crisp, a perfect gin cocktail to enjoy the evening.
Although I am not a big fan of wine tasting, I learnt about the meaning of ‘gathering’ through this night’s bar tour organized by Hendrick’s Gin. I got to know more about cocktails, the stories of different bars as well as the bartenders. Going home with a flushed face, Coco’s words came to my mind, ‘Wine is only a medium that makes us feel more cheerful when we give a toast. What is more important is the relationship and the interaction between different people and my job is to connect these people’. I nodded and agreed with what he said.
Hendrick’s Gin has always held the cucumber in the highest regard. The spirit’s unusual distillation process includes an infusion of rose and cucumber, which yields an extraordinarily smooth gin that is a rare union of lightness and complexity. Not only that, but there is simply no better way to cap off a Hendrick’s cocktail than with a little green garnish cut from the same fruit that gives Hendrick’s its pleasingly unusual flavour.
Cucumber Day was invented by cucumber growers, in England in 2011, to extol the virtues of the gallant cucumber. For several years now we celebrate this day to hero this remarkable fruit. We wish to spread love, understanding and appreciation for cucumbers everywhere and every year invite all those with a curious mind to celebrate World Cucumber Day on June 14 to cultivate and embrace their very own unusual side.
The information and the recipe are from the website of Hendrick’s Gins.
Hendrick’s Gin的琴酒一直以最尊重的態度來對待黃瓜。在繁複的蒸餾過程中導入玫瑰與黃瓜，讓琴酒保有非常柔順的口感；是輕盈和多重層次的組合。 此外，與一般調酒不同的是，Hendrick’s Gin以獨特的手法來調製雞尾酒，味道更令人感到愉悅。
黃瓜日是由英國黃瓜種植業者於2011年創立的，目的在頌揚黃瓜的各種優點。 直到今日，我們一直為這個英雄（黃瓜）慶祝他與眾不同的風範。 我們希望能廣泛傳播對黃瓜的愛，讓大眾瞭解和欣賞。同時每年都會邀請所有有興趣的人在六月十四日來慶祝「世界黃瓜日」，同時擁抱每個人自己獨特的一面。
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Fanning Tseng is the editor of Yes! Please Enjoy which was founded in 2012. Having lived in different cities and experienced different cultures, Fanning focuses on the connection between Europe and Asia. She is now working as a professional photographer and a full-time blogger. Moreover, Fanning is a regular feature columnist in several Chinese online magazines such as Vogue Taiwan, WOMANY and 10/10 HOPE. Get better informed by subscribing the Newsletter; moreover, let’s stay connected on Instagram and Facebook.