Celebrating kickass women with Caorunn Gin
Usually, Kim Choong, founder and editor of Thirstmag, is the one scrutinising the cocktails by the bar, rather than getting behind the counter. For the first time ever, Kim became the guest mixologist at Three X Co in Bangsar, KL to commemorate International Women’s Day as well as the mag’s 10th anniversary.
To celebrate the women who raised us, inspired us and broke through barriers, and smashed through glass
ceilings, three cocktails – Katak Tini, Raspberry Sour and Hority Molotov – were created in honour of these badass women using three different expressions of Caorunn Gin – Small Batch, Raspberry and Highland Strength. The media had a short getting to know Caorunn Gin session with Caorunn Global Marketing Manager Lynn Buckley as they sampled these cocktails specially mixed by Kim.
Caorunn (pronounced ka-roon) inspired by the Gaelic for Rowan Berry, is a carefully handcrafted, quadruple distilled, Scottish small batch gin distilled with five locally foraged Celtic botanicals and six traditional botanicals. They reengineered a 1920s copper berry chamber that was originally designed to extract oils for the perfume industry and gave it a brand-new life for gin lovers everywhere. Caorunn has been awarded Country Winner for its Scottish Raspberry Gin in the Flavoured Gin category at the 2022 World Gin Awards.
The profits of the night’s event went to Happy Cure, a charity founded to raise awareness of the importance of maintaining happiness among children who are battling cancer, Happy Cure is the transformation of Tuesday Aunties in Hospital UKM, a team which has been conducting weekly visits to child patients in the hospital since the year 2000 to support their journey.
Funds raised during this International Women’s Day Cocktail Week 2022 event will go towards care packages for the caretakers – women whoare often overlooked and overworked – containing pampering kits, meal and shopping vouchers, and art and craft kits. The children they look after will participate in distributing the care packages to
show their appreciation towards their caretakers and to involve them in the process. This idea was formed through surveys and discussions with the caretakers and nurses.
From March 15 to 21, Partner Outlets specifically selected and sponsored by brands will be having the following events:
Garden to Cocktails by Von Halers and Whitley Neill
Date: 16 March 2022 (Wednesday)
Time: 4pm (Media) / 5pm onwards (Public)
Venue: Pahit – 3, Jalan Sin Chew Kee, Bukit Bintang, KL
Learn how to grow a hydroponic herb garden at home, and how to use them in your cocktails. Enjoy
IWDCW cocktail promotion by Pahit from 8 March 2022 until the end of the month.
VON HALLERS GIN
Von Hallers Gin is a collaborative product that takes German grown botanicals and distilled at the Shed Distillery in Drumshanbo in County Leitrim. It is named after a famous physiologist and naturalist of the German enlightenment who founded the Old Botanical Gardens in Göttingen, the same gardens that today send their rarest botanicals to Ireland, where they are slowly transformed into this Irish gin. Carl Hardenberg Jr. select and hand-picked botanicals such as the German ginger, halleria lucidia and lemon verbena to create this gin in the distillery established in deepest rural Ireland by PJ Rigney. The Shed Distillery is equipped with its medieval copper pot stills that fuse the German botanicals with local Irish tradition.
WHITLEY NEILL GIN
Whitley Neill is a gin crated by Johnny Neill. The gin is distilled out of an antique copper pot still using two African botanicals, Baobab Fruit and Cape Gooseberries; together with the traditional botanicals for making gin. Since 2021, the distillery moved to London from its previous site in the West Midlands. Whitley Neill The Original has won a gold medal at the San Francisco Spirits Competition 2014. Other variants include Quince, Blood, Raspberry, Lemongrass & Ginger, Rhubarb & Ginger, Parma Violet, Aloe & Cucumber, Blackberry, Pink Grapefruit and Protea & Hibiscus.
Trade Day Forum
Date: 21 March 2022 (Monday)
Time: 12pm – 4pm (Open to media and trade)
Venue: Hybrid – Level 3A, Menara Noble Land. 2, Jalan Changkat, Lorong Ceylon, KL
March 2022 marks two years since lockdown started due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The hospitality industry was hit the hardest, with consistently inconsistent SOPs, and with an election coming on the horizon, will the industry ever turn around? The forum will be streamed live on Facebook and be made available to all. Panel speakers will be Pearl Lai Corporate Affairs Director of Carlsberg Malaysia on supply chain and logistics, Yap Lip Seng, CEO of Malaysian Association of Hotels on the hotel industry and Nigel Wong on tour and travel.