Who doesn't like a good fairy tale at bedtime on a Monday evening? Of course I wouldn't be writing this if there wasn't a twist...
Foody friend C brought to my attention that there would be 'a night of twisted fairytales' on offer at the hidden-away Clerkenwell bar Nightjar - fuelled/sponsored by Babicka wormwood-infused vodka. I was intrigued enough to entertain the possibility of a slightly fuzzy head on Tuesday morning...
On arrival, we were presented with a mini bottle of the vodka, complete with 'drink me' label. Very cute:
While sipping our complimentary (and slightly incongruous) dirty Martini shots, we perused the menu which was split into three story-themed sections: Cinderella, Little Red Ridinghood and Rapunzel.
Each section had a dedicated cocktail concoction, inspired by the story: Of course each contained the vodka brand, but also rather unusual ingredients such as maple syrup, banana blossom, pumpkin beer marmalade, lentils and even sausage fat!
We ordered one of each to split between the four of us. All were surprisingly tasty!
I particularly liked the serving details with included dry ice, salted caramel 'hair' and tiny floating cup of chocolate containing a raspberry. I'm such a sucker for an impressive detail.
And so the story-telling began. It's worth noting that the story versions told were not of the saccharine variety, but full-on Grimm originals full of blood, gore and violence.
The older lady telling us of the tribulations of poor Cinders didn't spare us the details of the ugly step sisters being willing to augment their extremities in order to get their prince (sort of reminds me of WAGS and plastic surgery for some reason).
This gentleman told us all about Little Red Ridinghood, managing to make the Wolf sound really rather pervy indeed..
Lastly this young lady told us the tale of Rapunzel, complete with blindings, beatings and the mysterious appearance of baby twins (that certainly wasn't in the Disney version).
Ah, what a merry evening we had. It seems that wormwood has a particularly mood-enhancing effect! I'm not a huge vodka drinker, but could be convinced to try this particular brand out again..
We may well also have had a celebrity in our midst, a glancing over to the VIP booths hidden away to one side of the bar we could swear that we recognised Leona Lewis hobnobbing with friends.
Here I was thinking that evening story-telling was getting a little old hat (after all, 40 Winks introduced their Bedtime Story Nights years ago), but it seems that the public still hungers for the opportunity to be borne away into a world of make-believe, if only for an hour or two - and all the better if that experience is enhanced by a choice tipple.