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‘Castle Garden’ Recipe for Sustainable Luxury

As the first Monday in May has arrived, fashion’s biggest night takes center stage: the Met Gala.

This year, The Macallan and The Mark Hotel have joined forces to create a signature cocktail for the occasion, the “Castle Garden.” This exquisite drink isn’t just about celebrating the stars; it embodies the spirit of the Met Gala’s 2024 theme, “Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion.”

A Sensory Journey Through Time and Nature

The Macallan, a renowned single malt whisky brand celebrating its 200th anniversary, is known for its commitment to sustainability and natural processes. This ethos shines through in the “Castle Garden,” a cocktail that reflects both the brand’s heritage and the cyclical themes of rebirth and renewal present in the Met Gala theme.

Each sip of the “Castle Garden” is a sensory journey through time and nature. The Macallan Double Cask 12 Years Old, aged in a combination of European and American sherry-seasoned oak casks, forms the base, offering a smooth and complex foundation. The Jean-Luc Pasquet Pineau des Charentes adds a touch of sweetness and depth, while the honey syrup and lemon juice provide a touch of brightness. Finally, a top-up of Brut sparkling wine elevates the drink with a touch of effervescence.

The garnish is the finishing touch, a delicate sprig of baby’s breath symbolizing the delicate beauty and resilience of nature. For an extra touch of luxury, consider adding passion fruit “caviar” for a burst of tropical flavor.

A Met Gala Toast to Fashion and Sustainability

Following the Met Gala, the “Castle Garden” will be served exclusively at The Mark Lobby Bar, offering a taste of the night’s glamour to all the A-listers passing through. But for those of us watching from home, this exquisite recipe allows you to recreate the magic. So, gather your ingredients, raise a glass to fashion and sustainability, and enjoy the “Castle Garden” as you witness the red carpet unfold!

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Photo courtesy of The Macallan and The Mark Hotel

Elevate your Met Gala Red Carpet Viewing with the “Castle Garden” Cocktail:

Here’s how to recreate this sophisticated drink at home, perfect for your Met Gala red carpet watch party!

  • 1 oz The Macallan Double Cask 12 Years Old
  • 0.75 oz Jean-Luc Pasquet Pineau de Charentes
  • 0.25 oz Honey Syrup
  • 0.25 oz Lemon Juice
  • 2 oz Brut Sparkling Wine
  • Baby’s Breath Flower Garnish
  • Optional: Passion Fruit “Caviar”
  1. Add all ingredients, except sparkling wine, to a shaker with ice.
  2. Shake and strain into a Champagne flute.
  3. Top with 2 oz of Brut sparkling wine.
  4. Garnish with a sprig of baby’s breath.

Whether you’re hosting your own red carpet viewing party or simply seeking a sophisticated cocktail experience, the “Castle Garden” is the perfect way to elevate your evening. With its focus on natural ingredients, sustainable practices, and the artistry of The Macallan, this drink embodies the very essence of the Met Gala’s celebration of fashion and nature’s influence.

So raise a glass, and toast to a night of glamour and environmental consciousness!

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