On Thursday the 15th of December, at Courvoisier’s Salon De La Maison event at Chinchilla in Camps Bay, visual artist Fhatuwani Mukheli and guests spent an evening creating four crowd-sourced art pieces that will be auctioned, with the proceeds going to charity.
Ranked by Time Out Chicago in the Top 5 of the Top 25 Best Rooftop Bars in the World list, Chinchilla was the perfect rooftop café and bar venue to encapsulate the Cape Town lifestyle. Overlooking the beachfront and the deep blue expanse of the Atlantic Ocean, guests of Courvoisier’s Salon de la Maison event were inspired to add their creative flair to the evening’s main task of adding their brushstrokes to four incomplete works on canvas.
The Art of Joie De Vivre
Fhatuwani began the pieces with renderings of faces and then intentionally left space and encouraged guests to translate the feeling of joy into collaborative paintings. Fhatuwani says, “My art is inspired by the people around me and this is reflected in almost all of my pieces. Being at the Courvoisier Salon De La Maison on a sunny day in Cape Town, amongst sophisticated guests, every individual collaborating on four art pieces, savouring beautiful food and Courvoisier liquid in a chic rooftop setting had all the ingredients for celebrating joie de vivre – the joy of living.”
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Celebrating the Liquid Intrinsic
The occasion celebrated art as well as the heritage of Courvoisier with a section of the venue revealing an exhibition showcasing the liquid, the evolution of the logo and founder Felix Courvoisier’s history.
While some of the guests clinked cocktail glasses and mingled in the lounge, others were taking selfies on the Courvoisier swing. Laughter and animated chatter were ever-present. Everywhere guests swooned over the iconic views.
Guests had the opportunity to savour joie de vivre – the joy of living – through the vibe, the location and the lavish summer ambience. An exquisite meal was served, with foods that paired perfectly with Courvoisier’s signature cocktails – The Gala, The French Twist and We Found Joy.
Salon De La Maison offered guests the opportunity to taste Courvoisier and savour the liquid’s award-winning signature floral style. Offering a taste of refined history in each sip, the range of Courvoisier expressions has been expertly distilled, matured and blended in Maison’s flair. Revealing intricate nuances influenced by the life and joy of the cognac region and its people.
A rich palette of citrus, precise distillation and signature oak selection come together to offer an exquisitely balanced and vibrant range that includes VS, VSOP and XO.
A cognac that transcends the category. Courvoisier lends itself to savouring joie de vivre with sessionable, slow-drinking cocktails such as The Gala and The French Twist.
50ml Courvoisier VS or VSOP
50ml Grapefruit Juice
Top off with Indian Tonic Water
(Alternatively, replace Grapefruit Juice and the tonic with your favourite citrus-flavoured tonic.)
Build all ingredients over ice and garnish with citrus.
The French Twist
50ml Courvoisier® VSOP
15ml Orange Curacao or quality Triple sec
22ml Sirop de Gomme (or honey)
15 ml Fresh Lemon Juice
89 ml Soda Water
Build all ingredients into a tin, except soda. Add one hand cracked 1×1 ice cube and shake until melted. Pour into a glass 1/2 full of cobble or crushed ice. Add the soda water, then pack in extra ice and garnish with fruit.
For more information on Courvoisier, please visit www.courvoisier.co.za.