Celebrating summer with Ketel One at No 29 Power Station West
If you're anything like us then one of the best things about the summer is kicking back with friends over some long, refreshing drinks, tasty plates of food and enjoying the long evenings.
So we were super excited when Ketel One told us about their new serve for this Summer, Ketel One and soda cocktails and asked us to come up with some tasty sharing plates to compliment their drinks. We're even more excited to announce that our pop-up, the Urban Garden Collective with Ketel One is now live at No 29 Power Station West, where you can not only try our dishes (check out the menu below) and relax over a cocktail or two but also enjoy London's first ever clean air bar, with plants by Patch.
To get into the spirit we went over to Amsterdam for Kings Day with Ketel One, to learn a little more about how they distil and the history of the company... oh and to enjoy Kings Day! Turns out Ketel One is owned by the Nolet family who have been distilling in Schiedam, Holland for ten generations. So they know a thing or two about how to make a good vodka.
After a personal introduction from Bob Nolet himself, and a guided tour through the distillery we enjoyed a vodka tasting that allowed us to sample Ketel One and compare the taste and mouth-feel to some other brands. The differences were quite astonishing; Ketel One was incredibly clean in comparison, with no burn at the back of the throat – which makes it perfect for long cocktails such as vodka and soda.
Ketel One gets it's smooth mouth feel and amazing tingle from copper stills, still in the original distillery, next to a windmill! It was originally distilled to be the perfect vodka for the perfect martini, as it has this ability to bring out the flavours in the other drinks and mixers. It also makes it perfect for longer serves, such as sodas and bloody Marys. And yes we did do a tasting and yes it was a great afternoon.
Ketel One then took us to experience the sights and sounds and smells of Kings day, an annual Dutch celebration for the King's birthday that sits somewhere between St. Patricks Day and Notting Hill Carnival. Do we need to say more? (It was incredible)
Check out some of our pics below.
Don’t forget that our pop up with Ketel One is live at No. 29 Power Station West until the 9th June!