Smirnoff Start Pure Gallery Launch with Beastman & Nanami

Smirnoff Australia has opened an interactive gallery in Sydney’s Surry Hills to celebrate the launch of two limited edition Smirnoff No. 21 pack designs by Australian artists Beastman (Brad Eastman) and Nanami Cowdroy.

Smirnoff No. 21 is ten times filtered and triple distilled vodka and the artists were invited to create an interpretation of purity, starting with a blank canvas. The result was two distinctively different pieces of art.

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Smirnoff by Beastman

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Smirnoff by Nanami Cowdroy

The Smirnoff Start Pure Gallery also houses a one-of-a-kind art installation that allows visitors to help create a piece of artwork that will contribute to the design for a third, and final, Limited Edition pack.

Visitors can add a few drops of water to the chromatography paper then select a combination of the compound sources.

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Creating the artwork

A drop or more of the ingredients onto the paper creates a pattern before it is attached to the wall.

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The pattern

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The installation, designed by Edwards Moore, where the artwork is attached

Visitors can also watch their blank canvas come to life over the next few weeks by tagging their artwork on Once the installation closes, the limited edition pack will be unveiled. Five copies of the third design will be offered as prizes in competitions run through selected publications.

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To celebrate the launch, two Limited Edition Smirnoff cocktails, inspired by each of the artists, were created:

Smirnoff Start Pure GalleryThe Beastman Caipiroska (short drink)
A sweet, short drink with a bitter edge and a smooth finish.
This drink is muddled and served in a rocks glass with crushed ice.

40ml Smirnoff vodka
1/2 a lime chopped into quarters
2 bar spoons of brown sugar
3 chunks of pineapple
3 drops of Jerry Thomas bitters

Nanami’s Japanese Slipper (long drink)
A long fruity drink with a Japanese twist of Yuzu juice to add the complexity and refreshing flavour.
This is a built drink served in a highball glass over cubed ice.

40ml Smirnoff vodka
120ml purple grape juice
15ml Yuzu juice

The limited edition Smirnoff No. 21 packs, designed to rotate like three connected Rubik’s cubes,  are available to purchase for a limited period at RRP of $32.99.

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The gallery is open to the public from Friday 2nd until Thursday 8th March, 10am – 5pm daily. Visitors can see the large scale versions of the pack designs as well as other exclusive artwork from both artists. Admission is free.

Smirnoff Start Pure Gallery
374 Crown Street
Surry Hills NSW 2010

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Beastman and Nanami at the Launch

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Gourmantic attended the launch event as a media guest.

About the author

Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is a drinks writer, author of GROW YOUR OWN COCKTAIL GARDEN, SHRUBS & BOTANICAL SODAS and founder/editor of Gourmantic, Cocktails & Bars and The Gourmantic Garden. She has been writing extensively about spirits, cocktails, bars and cocktail gardening in more recent years. She is a spirits and cocktail competition judge, Icons of Whisky Australia nominee, contributor to Diageo Bar Academy, cocktail developer and is named in Australian Bartender Magazine's Top 100 Most Influential List. Her cocktail garden was featured on ABC TV’s Gardening Australia and has won several awards. She is a contributor to Real World Gardener radio program and is featured in several publications including Pip Magazine, Organic Gardener, Australian Bartender and Breathe (UK). Read the full bio here.