The tricolour vespas outside the pop-up bar had to be a clue. Or were they a clever decoy to maintain the suspense. At the Smirnoff Nightlife Exchange Project Swap Event last night, the announcement was made that for one night only, on 12 November, Australia will be swapping nightlife with Italy.
Smirnoff Nightlife Exchange Project Swap Event
The Smirnoff Nightlife Exchange (SNE) is an annual worldwide event which brings together 50 countries that swap nightlife with one another. Madonna will be attending the event at the New York celebration where she will select the global winner of the dance competition.
Junior Jack & Kid Créme and Alex Gaudino will headline the Italian-inspired Australia event in November, while Australian group Nervo and Bang Gang Deejay’s will head over to Italy.
Anna Lunoe announcing… Italy
Anna Lunoe, DJ and Australian ambassador for Smirnoff NEP made the announcement before handing over the bar to renowned mixologist Max Greco of Eau-de-Vie Bar for Italian-themed cocktails.
Max Greco demonstrating how to pull a cocktail face
Nonna Smith, made with Smirnoff 21 Vodka, pressed granny Smith apple, pear puree, lemon juice and sugar syrup kicked off the evening, with guest participation in cocktail making.
Zenzero Genoa was the next cocktail made with Smirnoff 21 Vodka, lemon juice, ginger beer and a dash of creme de cassis for colour.
Max Greco of Eau-de-Vie Bar making Zabaglione
Much like the St Patrick’s Day cocktails at Eau-de-Vie Bar, it was all nitro and safety gear for the Zabaglione cocktail, made with a good dose of espresso, Smirnoff 21 Vodka and coffee liqueur, topped with cream.
Fun with David Beatty of Behind Bars and Max Greco
Good times with Ben Shipley and Ms Darlinghurst
Anna Lunoe, DJ and Australian ambassador for Smirnoff NEP
More nitro at work with Max and David
Cocktail fun with Anna and Max
Mystery Guest, Ms Darlinghurst and Chocolate Suze on Vespas
The Smirnoff Nightlife Exchange Project Swap Event was held on Thursday 8 September 2011 at 1/230 Palmer St in Darlinghurst. More information on the event will be available from http://www.facebook.com/smirnoffaustralia.
Gourmantic attended the event as media guests.
Photography by @MrGourmantic.