Each year the winners of the Amara Interior Blog Awards are invited to a winner’s event to celebrate their newly acquired awards and let their hair down. This year’s winner’s event was held at one of IBA17’s preferred partner’s locations, citizenM Tower of London Hotel and consisted of a cocktail masterclass led by the hotel’s leading mixologist Matteo. Find out how the winners and the IBA team got on…
There for the evening was Sarah Mailer of Girl About House, Emily Murray of The Pink House, Malcolm from Designsixtynine, Athina from Topology and Emma Jane Palin to enjoy a night of cocktail making. When we all first arrived Matteo asked all the winners their favourite cocktails which ranged from an espresso martini to daiquiris. Set against a backdrop of the Tower of London, The Shard and the newly opened 10 Trinity square Four Seasons the masterclass took place on citizenM’s seventh floor, and Sarah and Malcolm were the first to get behind the bar to recreate a traditional daiquiri after a brief demonstration from Matteo.
As ever we were all amazed at the skill and ingredients needed to create our favourite cocktails, but Sarah and Malcolm made it look easy and before long they each had their own daiquiris to enjoy. Next Karen from the IBA team and Athina took a whirl at making a classic mojito, followed by the two Emilys (IBA Emily & Pink House Emily) making a fabulously fresh Tom Collins.
Hannah and Amelia from the IBA team were up next to try their luck at making the intoxicatingly strong old fashioned and finally Emma Jane and Athina finished the night off with a fruity Aperol spritz. Whilst the cocktails were being made (and drunk) delicious hot and cold appetizers were making their way around the group which included beef and mustard croquettes, freshly made sausages rolls, pizza and charcuterie and cheese boards.
A fantastic chance for the IBA team to catch up with some of the winners after the whirlwind that was this year’s awards ceremony, it was the perfect opportunity to find out what they have been up to since we last saw them and to discover their plans for the New Year.
Stay tuned over the coming months for this year’s winners’ interviews to fine out even more about the top bloggers of 2017!