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There’s a new exclusive Cointreau cocktail in town and it’s called the Cointreaukini and I love it. Usually I hate cocktails because most bars serve more sugar and alcohol than something with any identifiable sense of character. And honestly that’s what I was expecting from this cocktail too – cynical I know – but so happy to be proved wrong! All credit to the boys Shivan & Narresh @shivan_narresh and Alfred Cointreau ( 6th generation no less! ) for a smashing evening.

Here we are, as we head out to PCO, Vasant Vihar for the launch of the cocktail. Akanksha Redhu on the left and a self-portrait of your truly on the right.

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And look who we run into as soon as we hit the joint! None other than Prerna from L’Officiel (@pennylooney).

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After the disastrous “punch”, which was sugary, we settled on the Cointreau Swizzle before we could get onto the Countreaukini. PCO has an intimate and cosy vibe – and there’s almost no mobile connectivity in the basement – excellent for an evening of conversation.

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Below, Anand of Bhane aka @bhanelove.

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Our Cointreau Swizzles being mixed.

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The cocktail menu.

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Below, Rukn Luthra @rukn.

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Below, on the left, Narresh and on the right Shivan of Shivan and Narresh.

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And Alfred Cointreau gets started on the exclusive signature cocktail he created for Shivan and Narresh! Yes! Egg whites! Protein in my alcohol – I love it.

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Is the crowd making too much noise Alfred? Looks like yes! A little bit of shaking.

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Adding Cointreau and sieve the berry seeds.

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A little more of the shaking.

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And there we have it! Cointreau and the bikini and we have the Cointreaukini!

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The bikini didn’t appear by magic of course – there was a stencil – clever detail.

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More people at the party.

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@akanksharedhu in conversation with Alfred at the bar.

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Narresh in conversation with Vincent Cleme @VincentCleme.

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@mscocoqueen with Akanksha.

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Soon-to-be-Birthday-Boy Anand Bhushan carrying cocktails for his friends.

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Oooh! He’s looking at his cake so lovingly!

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Reasoning that it’s definitely time to cut it!

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Inside the ladies loo at PCO on the left and a very young Stephen Fry in a frame on one of the walls at the bar.

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Printed digital photos from the event. Vincent Cleme, me and Siddhartth.

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Akanksha, me and Prerna.

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Oooh! A police escort to get us safely home *wink*

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