TOThe rhythm of “Lake it easy” la Como Lake Cocktail Week is ready to shake Lake Como with a third edition full of novelties. The appointment is from 30 June to 4 Julyfive days dedicated to the art of mixology, of quality mixed drinks and the most refined food pairing, with a drink list of 50 cocktailsincluding alcoholic and alcohol free versions, served at the counter of the most fascinating luxury hotels, street bars and restaurants on Lake Como.
Como Lake Cocktail Week, a reference event in the food & beverage sector sponsored by the Municipality of Como, Confindustria and Confcommerciowhich aims to educate to responsible and quality drinking and to strengthen synergies in the area, is a multisensory experience that becomes the manifest of a new wave of creativity and experimentation, which comes to life behind the bar counter, a place in which mixing turns into an enchanting storytelling.
And even this year they are almost 30 locations involved in this edition. The great hotels on the lake, from Villa d’Este to the Mandarin Oriental, Lake Como, from the Grand Hotel in Tremezzo to the Imperial Hotel in Moltrasio, passing through the historic Villa Serbelloni in Bellagio, to arrive at Il Sereno and Filario on the eastern shore . And then the Hilton, the Sheraton Lake Como, the historic street and restaurant cocktail bar of the walled city, the beating heart of the Como nightlife, and a long-awaited new entry this summer, the new Mor Lake Como, the latest luxury beach club. of the Omnam group, nestled on the west bank of the Tremezzina.
Hotel Filario in Lezzeno
On Lake Como like in a movie
For this edition, the cinema that has chosen Lake Como as its backdrop is dedicated to guiding theme that bartenders will have to follow to create their own Signature Cocktail: a real work of art served only from June 30 to July 4, in a limited edition, combined with a dish, a finger food, a sweet or savory canapè made by the chef . Cinema thus becomes storytelling of enchanting views of the Manzoni lake, reinterpreted in cocktails that will accompany guests on a tour to discover the places of famous films.
On the other hand, Woody Allen, Alfred Hitchcock, Luchino Visconti, Sergio Leone and Steven Soderbergh are just some of the great directors who have chosen to set their films among the villas and villages, parks and the most scenic landscapes of the Como area, capturing their grace and elegance and then transforming them into the set of aunforgettable story d‘love or adventure.
From Villa d’Este to Isola Comacina up to the village of Nesso, the participants they were inspired by the filming locations from the first Hitchcock movie, The Pleasure Garden (1975)or at Villa Balbianello, in which Martin Campbell, director of Casino Royale (2006)frames the kiss between Eva Green and Daniel Craig, the same location chosen by George Lucas in 2002 to set the residence-refuge of Senator Padmé Amidala in Star Wars: Episode II, L‘attack of the clones and, again, the vacation spot of Vanessa Redgrave, Miss Bentley in the film A Month at the Lake (1995) directed by John Irvin.
And then there are Danny and Tess Ocean (aka George Clooney and Julia Roberts) who, in Ocean‘s Twelve (2004)visit rival thief Night Fox (Vincent Cassel) in his magnificent Villa Erba in Cernobbio, as well as the Gucci family, star of Ridley Scott’s film House of Gucci (2021), which sees Villa Balbiano as the main set of the saga. They are not missing masterpieces d‘antan how Rocco and his brothersa dramatic film by Luchino Visconti from 1960, which transforms Bellagio and the legendary Grand Hotel Bretagne into a love nest for the protagonists.
A window on the lake
The best drink on Lake Como
Super news of this third edition: Monday 27 Junein the marvelous setting of the Kitchen garden, the Michelin-starred restaurant of Sheraton Lake Como Hotelthe bartenders of the Como Lake Cocktail Week will bring to the presence of a jury of experts in the mixology sector his own Signature Cocktail, which will be evaluated from a technical, aesthetic and sensorial point of view. There will be bartenders shaking hands Tommaso CeccaStore Manager & Head Bartender del Camparino, Martina Boncibarmanager of the new Gucci Giardino 25 in Florence, adjacent to the Gucci Osteria, e Davide Diaferia, barman of Drink Kong in Rome, the legendary cocktail bar at 19th place in the list of the World’s 50 Best Bars. And then Domenico CarellaF&B consultant and founder of Carico Milano, Filippo Sistiicon of Italian mixing and mixology expert for Compagnia dei Caribbean, e Luca Marcellinowner of drinc.Cocktail & Conversation and drinc.different in Milan.
Not just alcohol
Also this year among the protagonists of the drink lists there will be the Non-alcoholic Signature Cocktail. The idea is strengthened through the observation of trends and the promoting responsible drinking. Available to participants are the three variations of Seedlip, the non-alcoholic distillate of the Diageo group, and the opportunity to narrate the importance of water both as a side to the cocktail and also in the preparation and as an ingredient of the cocktail itself.
The protagonists will again be the products of Sanpellegrino Group, main partner of the Como Lake Cocktail Weekwith a wide range of references: Perrierthe perfect top thanks to its intense effervescence, the waters of fine dining, S. Pellegrino And Cream waterwhich allow you to make ice with a balanced taste, without forgetting the Sanpellegrino drinks which, with their Mixers range, will make each cocktail a true “top drinking experience” thanks to their all-Italian creativity and premium and selected ingredients.
The poster of the event
From Como to St. Moritz
News of the novelties, in February 2023 the Como Lake Cocktail Week project moves to the Top of the World for a new edition on the snow. And as a location he chose the wonderful St. Moritz, the most exclusive “Alpine destination” in the world, which will welcome a new five-star mixology experience in a path that will involve the best cocktail bars in the city, starting from the legendary Badrutt’s Palace. The toast to celebrate this important partnership will clink the glasses of the Flowers Pool bar of the Grand Hotel in Tremezzo in a cocktail party scheduled for July 2nd.
Grand Hotel of Tremezzo
More and more brands have chosen to participate in the Como Lake Cocktail Week bringing them to the lake the most important news in the “spirits” sector. Starting from Eminent rum, the new jewel of the Group’s spirits division Moët Hennessyborn inIsla del Cocodrilo, as Cuba is defined by the locals. César Martí, the youngest Maestro Ronero in business, defines with Eminente a new style of distillation, inspired by the production methods of 19th century Cuban rum, whose richness and complexity is renewed through the art of aging and blending of the aguardientesthe eaux de vie definite l‘soul of Cuba. Eminente will be the protagonist of masterclasses, moonlight tasting and a “Cuban night” that will accompany guests until late at night between Cuban live music and signature artists. And then the new reference the Reposado of Volcán De Mi Tierra, of the Moët Hennessy Italia Group, historical brand recognized NOM by the Mexican official control body. Volcán De Mi Tierra Reposado is inspired, in the name as well as in the basic suggestions, by the meeting of two reposados in a traditional blend and at the same time sophisticated in experimentation, which enhances the sweet and vanilla notes typical of agave grown on the highlands of the Tequila volcano, in the Jalisco region, Mexico. To complete the spirits portfolio of the Moët Hennessy Italia Group present at Como Lake Cocktail Week will be Belvedere Vodkathe super premium and number one Polish vodka in the world, queen of the night and glamor. Distilled in the heart of the Polish Mazovia region from Dankowskie rye and 100% pure water, Belvedere Vodka pays homage to over 600 years of savoir-faire and tradition, where the balance between character and purity and a wonderfully layered taste make it a style icon and queen of parties.
From the spirits portfolio of the Bacardi Martini Group, here is the new one Bombay Shappire Premier Cru, the new London Dry that celebrates the freshness of Fino lemons from Murcia, rigorously hand-picked at the moment of their maximum ripeness, together with that of mandarins and Navel oranges, whose skins are then dried in the Spanish sun. The new Premier Cru will be joined by Gray Goose Vodkamade with the best ingredients of France, soft winter wheat and water from the Gensac springs, e St. Germainliqueur that comes from fresh elderberry flowers.
The CLCW 2022 will also be the perfect opportunity to find out Altamura Distilleries and his Premium Vodka, the only one in the world obtained exclusively from 100% Altamura wheat. An elegant and soft distillate on the palate, rich in different scents deriving from the specific terroir and the use of ancient grains, the same ones used for the processing of Altamura PDO bread. From this was born the Altamura Distilleries project, “with the aim of creating a product that encompasses all these qualities in the sip of a unique distillate”, they say Frank Grillo and Steve Acuna, founder of the distillery.
On Lake Como for the first time also the multi-awarded whiskeys of the Velier group, from The Balvenie 12 YO the Sweet Toast Of American Oakwhich is part of the “Balvenie Stories” with aging done in virgin white oak barrels from Kentucky and roasting directly in the distillery, in Glenfiddichof the homonymous distillery where the new frontiers of the whiskey world are experimented, up to Flor de Caña rum with a Zero Waste project to be discovered by the lake.
The group is also reconfirmed Diageo with the Reserve portfolio, the ultra premium spirits collection that includes Tanqueray No. Ten, KetelOne Vodka, Bulleit, Casamigos with references Tequila and Mezcal, and Seedlip. Up to Pernod Ricard who returns to the lake with his Italicus Rosolio by Bergamotliqueur with natural ingredients of the highest quality that make it the super-premium Italian aperitif, unique in taste and aesthetics, thanks to a strongly citrusy aromatic structure, with spicy and herbaceous notes, and an authentic and iconic bottle perfect to evoke the charm of Italy.