With summer months being peak travel season, I tend to stay home here in Vancouver to avoid the crowds and ridiculous airfare/hotel prices that usually cost an arm and a leg (or a kidney even). That said, I absolutely love attending local events and festivals during this time of year.
On August 2nd, Hendrick’s Gin debuted its first ever hot air balloon – the 65-foot A.W.E.V.A.N.A.I.R. (Amazing, Whimsical, Enchanting, Voyaging, Astounding, Nocturnal, Ascending, Interstellar Roamer). The celebration extended over a period of two days taking place at the Vancouver Art Gallery. While this commemoration was open to public, only VIPs were awarded a chance to ride the spectacle. Thanks to the team over at Alchemysts Inc., I was lucky enough to take part in this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Without further ado, let the festivities be-gin!
A Little About Hendrick’s Gin
For those unfamiliar with Hendrick’s Gin, it is a Scottish brand first introduced in 1999. Its gins are traditionally infused with juniper, which is a special class of coniferous tree found predominantly in the Northern Hemisphere. Fast forward a few years since its launch, master distiller Lesley Gracey began experimenting with Bulgarian roses and cucumbers. Thus came the creation of Hendrick’s Gin’s signature “curious, yet marvellous” taste.
I think we can all agree that the most common way to enjoy gin is to add a splash of tonic water and lime. (I mean… If college has taught me anything, it’s to make a mean gin and tonic.) But of course, there are so many other recipes beyond just this classic highball.
On a hot summery day, try these following refreshing flavors:
Don’t worry. The list doesn’t just end there. If you’re looking to wow guests at your next party, Hendrick’s Gin has an in-depth guide to all gin cocktails with complete recipes on their site here.
Taking Off with A.W.E.V.A.N.A.I.R.
As mentioned above, only VIPs holding a golden ticket are permitted to ride the 65-foot hot air balloon. In order to win a ticket, guests could either enter in a draw at participating restaurants by ordering a Hendrick’s Gin drink, or they could enter in the draw on the day of.
And that concludes my little recap of the amazing A.W.E.V.A.N.A.I.R. launch. Now I’m not sure whether or not this event will return again next year. However, I did want to go back to my old blog days of simply documenting special experiences rather than always curating travel guides. Hope you guys enjoyed today’s post and I’ll see you next time!