It was a joint celebration last Tuesday in the new Aquavit dining room, for the 30th anniversary of the restaurant’s New York sister, and the launch of the beautiful new Georg Jensen bar collection, entitled Manhattan. Having newly arrived in St. James’ Market, it was a pleasure to see the beautiful heritage of the New York stalwart recreated in a uniquely British fashion.
Presiding over the evening’s enjoyment was renowned drinks guru and global bar consultant Spike Merchant, introducing each piece of the Manhattan collection to the enraptured guests. Gatsby-era Art-Deco influences are clearly seen throughout. Attribute this to the inspired imagination of Sanne Lund Traberg, and carefully archived illustrations and designs of more than a century of the Georg Jensen legacy. More specifically noted in the clean, smooth lines is the Pyramid collection dating back to 1922 and the skilled mind of designer Harald Nielsen, now brilliantly interpreted and brought up to date for the modern audience.In her own words, Traberg says this of the collection –
“It’s wonderful when we can look backward and forward at the same time, and it’s important that today’s designs have a strong link with our history. Art Deco is of course very important to Georg Jensen, but with Manhattan we’ve presented a more modern expression of that era.”
Guests were treated to a delicious Nordic selection of canapés, including an unusual and delicious venison tartare with blueberries and sorrel, the classic salmon on rye, and a distinctive celeriac, lovage and apple. All this was enjoyed while sipping on cocktails created especially for the event- but don’t worry, they are now available on the menu for a limited edition run.
The two cocktails are Madison Avenue, a beautiful blend of Nordic Longonberrry syrup (5ml), Bulleit Bourbon and tart Martini Rosso finished with a cocktail cherry, and the dynamic Broen, named after the Danish for bridge. It contains sparkling Brännland Ice Cider, 20ml of OP Anderson’s Petronella spirit, and topped with Hambledon Classic Cuvée. Pop in to the beautiful settings of Aquavit to try them today, or recreate them at home with the bespoke stylings of the new Manhattan collection from Georg Jenson – the choice is yours.