When the invitations to take part in an intimate cocktail making class with Dita von Teese were sent out I bet the RSVPs came back quicker than you can say 'Cointreau Privé' – which is the newest, time-limited, members only cocktail lounge* in London, styled after the art deco home and ambassadored by the owner of what must be the slimmest waist (22in, can be laced down to 16.5in!) in the world.
Meeting Dita was pretty cool. Not only does she look as perfect in real life as in pictures – tiny, dream proportions, expertly make-uped and dressed (Dolce and Gabbana, I asked her) – but she's also funny, soft spoken and relaxed, talking us (with the help of a flashy bartender) through the in and outs of preparing the Citrus & Spice cocktail** which was so delicious that I just kept drinking… becoming happier and chattier by the minute, leaving a perfect evening... (& now hoping there isn't a secret 'bloggers who cannot cope with alcohol' list created somewhere.)
1. Sarah 4. Jen from a A Little Bird Told Me 5. Dita's pretty heavy corset dance dress 7. oh look, Dita and I, chatting like good old pals.
*Cointreau Privé, 215 Piccadilly, London. Open 29th November to 17th December 2011. Guestlist only. Bookings possible through the Cointreau Privé website.
**Fresh ginger, a very generous amount of cointreau, fresh orange juice and a squeeze of lemon.
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