Suite Embraces Winter with ABSOLUT Hotties
Thursday August 9th, 2012
Embraces Winter with ABSOLUT Hotties
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It is amazing how creative you can get over a good cocktail…
The ABSOLUT Hotties initiative by Auckland’s multi-award winning Suite Bar this month certainly takes gold for innovation.
Suite partnered with Kingy Hsu and the team at Cut Collective, plus their own innovative bar team to create the ultimate winter warm up at Suite – including hot cocktails and even arty ‘hotties’ to sit on!
Suite owner Dave Hawk says that the idea came while developing a winter cocktail menu with resident cocktail champion Barney Toy. They noticed how the ubiquitous hot-water-bottle or ‘hottie’, loved by millions of Kiwis over the years, looks somewhat like an ABSOLUT bottle.
If that comparison is a bit of a stretch, no matter, as the team set to work creating their ABSOLUT ‘Hotties’ to warm the derrieres of their valued patrons, who brave the cold nights to join them at Suite during the winter.
Dave asked Cut Collective to personalise each hottie cover with a piece of stunning artwork. The resulting limited edition of 20 hotties will be available for Suite’s female guests when they buy a cocktail off the new list during August. And if they come in between 5-8:00pm on Thursdays, they’ll also get their nails done for free.
“We just got really excited about our new winter cocktail menu and wanted to do something for the ladies,” says Dave. “Great warming cocktails, a hottie to hug and a free nail treatment? Priceless.”
The cocktail themselves are something special, created by Barney Toy, including ABSOLUT Wild Tea, with hot peach tea, lemon and sugar; ABSOLUT Pure, with mulled apple, cardamom and grapefruit peel, ABSOLUT Wild Tea, green tea and honey; and a stunning ABSOLUT Expresso Martini. Each selection is served in teapots with china cups like a ‘20s Speakeasy.
Barney is becoming a legend among New Zealand’s bartenders and this week had the delight of being selected for the finals of the Cocktail World Cup.
“We wanted to have a bit of fun and Barney and the team have really excelled themselves,” says Dave.
“We think we have the ultimate winter warming package,” he said.
Suite Bar is located at 2 Hobson Street, CBD.
Accolades for Suite
• 2012 Lewisham Finalist – Best Bar
• 2012 Lewisham Finalist – Best Bartender
• 2012 Lewisham Finalist – Best Hospitality Personality
• 2011 - Hospitality New Zealand Awards for Excellence - Best Bar
• 2009 Metro Annual Top 100 List - Best Cocktails in Auckland
• 2008 Lewisham Award – Best Bar
• 2008 NZ Bar Awards- Best Drinks List, Best Bar Team, Best Bartender, Best Operator
• 2008 Judges Commendation at Northern Sustainable Business Awards
• 2007 Lewisham Award - Best Wine List