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Star bartenders visit GŌNG for a cocktail extravaganza

Star bartenders visit GŌNG for a cocktail extravaganza IMAGE: www.gong-shangri-la.com

Fancy treating yourself and someone special for a decadent cocktail over the next couple of nights? Then get your runners on and hit the pavement quick smart because for 4 days only, GŌNG, the highest bar in Western Europe, will launch its series of guest star bartender nights with Zdenek Kastanek and Logan Demmy.

The duo hail from 28 Hong Kong Street in Singapore – ranked seventh out in the World’s 50 Best Bars 2015, and for four nights only, they’ll be shaking up a storm in GŌNG located on the 52nd floor of the Shard, within the five-star Shangri-La Hotel.

This is all the more thrilling because Zdenek yield’s quite the illustrious reputation as a cocktail competition veteran who has trained thousands of bartenders across four continents. Moreover, he has been a shortlisted finalist for the industry’s most prestigious individual award – International Bartender of the Year – no less than three times, and is consistently in high demand as a guest mixologist on private islands and super-yachts.

GONG-2 Star bartenders visit GŌNG for a cocktail extravaganza

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And Logan Demmy — the head bartender at 28 Hong Kong Street is equally as talented and creative having hailed all the way from Mouton in Ohio originally. Given this expert pedigree, need we question how amazing these cocktails are going to be? Well let’s give you a taster anyway.

Zdenek has created five new luxury cocktails which he will serve with Christian Maspes, head bartender at GŌNG. The five inventive cocktails have been boldly crafted to make the GŌNG experience ever-the- more lavish. For instance, the Merchant combines Yellow Chartreuse, Plantation Jamaica single island rum, walnut milk syrup and East Imperial Burma tonic water; and the Bird Machine is made of Hum Botanical Spirit infused with oolong tea, Monkey Shoulder Scotch whisky and pineapple juice. This modern style of cocktailing is what Zdenek is renowned for — that expert knack for creating bespoke sensations full of extravagance and flavour.

Don’t worry if you can’t make it this weekend — there are more star bartender nights to follow. And given the prestige of this first event, we’ve no doubt GŌNG will continue to keep things just as high-level as their sky-reaching loftiness.

Zdenek Kastanek will be guest bartending between 2nd – 5th March

GŎNG, Level 52 of Shangri-La Hotel, The Shard, 31 St Thomas St, London SE1 9QU

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