ABSOLUT HIBISKUS Merdeka Eve Party

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Attended the ABSOLUT HIBISKUS Merdeka Eve Party on 30 August 2013 at the newly renovated Poppy Garden in Kuala Lumpur which also featured the launch of the first-ever floral-flavoured vodka to hit Malaysian shores. ABSOLUT HIBISKUS was introduced by Pernod Ricard Malaysia to celebrate Malaysia’s Independence Day and Malaysia Day, and pays homage to Malaysia’s national flower and celebrates the distinctive mix of Malaysia.

Can you actually believe ABSOLUT made a vodka just for us Malaysians? That’s pretty cool and not something common but ABSOLUT is a brand that doesn’t shy away from innovation and creativity.

Good thing I headed into town early as later in the night the streets around KLCC were choked with revellers there to watch the fireworks.

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In support of Malaysian talents for creativity and innovation, Pernod Ricard Malaysia collaborated with artists from 3editions – which is a contemporary online art & design gallery at http://www.3editions.com/ – to design four unique artwork pieces as part of their interpretation of ABSOLUT HIBISKUS. These designs were created with the underlying theme of empowerment, and when the pieces are combined (think Voltron or Captain Planet), forms this giant ABSOLUT bottle which will be displayed at the ABSOLUT HIBISKUS party venues.
The artists were: Michelle Lim who makes her various artworks come to life on paper, sometimes with a digital edge; Tan Howe Qin who focuses on experimenting with white, grey & black & playing with electronics; Hyacinthe Kaur whose major influences in her designs have been cultural in nature specifically Native American Indian and Hindu; and Abs Lee a self-taught monster illustrator who explores creating wacky illustrations.

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The Absolut Company actually has more than just ABSOLUT VODKA under their portfolio which also includes MALIBU, KAHLÚA, Wyborowa, Luksusowa and Frïs. Every bottle of ABSOLUT VODKA is produced in Åhus in southern Sweden and ABSOLUT VODKA is billed as the fourth largest premium spirits brand in the world.

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ABSOLUT HIBISKUS is incredibly easy to drink with it’s slightly acidic, berry-flavour hibiscus flavour underlined by the sweet notes of pomegranate – made from all natural ingredients. We had some ABSOLUT HIBISKUS cocktails at the beginning of the night but we eventually progressed to drinking it with cranberry juice which resulted in a drink that tasted really refreshing and not too sweet.

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We were treated to a bar flaring performance by Carter Nguyen

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Spotted some cute chicks

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A sexy dance performance.

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The 2 hot female DJs kept the tunes flowing throughout the night

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Three (3) more in-outlet events celebrating ABSOLUT HIBISKUS will be held including Luna Bar KL, and Mois Penang, with the finale at The View, KL. Pernod Ricard Asia will also be unveiling the world’s first ABSOLUT Brand Store at KLIA on 27 September 2013.

ABSOLUT HIBISKUS can be purchased at selected clubs and bars, and at the ABSOLUT Brand Store in KLIA.

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Now here are some ABSOLUT HIBISKUS cocktail recipes for you to try at home.

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ABSOLUT HIBISKUS Calamansi

– hi-ball glass

– 30ml ABSOLUT HIBISKUS

– 45ml Schweppes tonic

– 15ml sweet basil syrup

– 5ml fresh calamansi juice

– lime wedge – garnish

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ABSOLUT HIBISKUS Ginger Lime

– hi-ball glass

– 30ml ABSOLUT HIBISKUS

– 25ml ginger root syrup

– 5ml fresh lime juice

– 30ml brewed Cameron Highland’s tea

– skewered ginger & lime – garnish

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ABSOLUT HIBISKUS Chilli

– rocks glass

– 30ml ABSOLUT HIBISKUS

– Squeeze of fresh lime

– Topped up with Schweppes ginger beer

– Half a lime wheel garnish

– spritz of Angostura bitters

– a few drops of chili padi simple syrup

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ABSOLUT HIBISKUS Pom-Rose

– rocks glass

– 30ml ABSOLUT HIBISKUS

– 20ml roselle juice

– 5ml pomegranate syrup

-Topped up with lemonade

– Pomegranate jewels and lime wheel – garnish

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ABSOLUT HIBISKUS Tropical Passion

– hi-ball glass

– 40ml ABSOLUT HIBISKUS

– 30ml pineapple juice

-10ml passion fruit puree

– 20ml gula melaka syrup

– 5ml calamansi lime juice

– Pineapple wedge and passion fruit seeds – garnish

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For more ABSOLUT HIBISKUS cocktail recipes, check out http://www.drinkspiration.com or you can also download the Drinkspiration app for iPhone, iPad and Android.

For more info head over to the Absolut Malaysia Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/absolut.my

Photo credits: ABSOLUT Malaysia (Pernod Ricard Malaysia) and author’s own

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UPDATED WITH PICS FROM THE ABSOLUT HIBISKUS PARTY AT LUNA BAR ON 6 SEPTEMBER 2013

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