A new limited-edition copper kettle is set to be revealed for serving drinks using Ketel One Vodka.
The Diageo Reserve brand has created the new vessel (pictured above) in collaboration with contemporary London designer Clive Darby of fashion house Rake Style.
It mirrors the craftsmanship found in the Nolet family’s distilling of Ketel One Vodka, and the traditional tailoring heritage of Savile Row, where Darby has spent much of his career.
It will be showcased at The Lounge Bar at London House in south London, part of Gordon Ramsay Holdings, where group bar manager Paul Graham has developed a signature cocktail called Winds of Change exclusively for the kettle.
In addition to the kettle designed by Rake, two further uniquely designed copper kettles are being created and will be available in a number of selected bars across the UK in time for the autumn.
The kettles (pictured below) will allow bars to create their own innovative serves indicative of the atmosphere and style of their bar, bringing an element of theatre.
Inspired by the copper pot still, Distilleerketel #1, which gives Ketel One Vodka its distinct flavour, the new copper kettle serves will celebrate the brand’s heritage and respect for craftsmanship.
Nick Temperley, head of GB Diageo Reserve, said: “Ketel One Vodka is truly artisan in its production, so these innovative serves are the perfect way to highlight that craftsmanship, quality and attention to detail.
“Following the success of the original copper kettle serve designed by bartender Marian Beke at Nightjar in London, we are delighted to evolve the concept by partnering with such a respected designer, at the same time as rolling out bespoke copper kettle serves across selected UK bars.
“The serves will be a distinctive new addition to the increasingly theatrical bar scene that will encourage trial and drive recommendation for Ketel One Vodka.”
Clive Darby added: “It is very rare to find a family that has nurtured the same craft for 11 generations and we recognise the Nolet’s huge personal commitment and passion for distilling. Rake shares a similar, sensitive understanding for the heritage of craft and the importance of maintaining it for the modern consumer.”
UK bars interested in obtaining a copper kettle to create their own bespoke serve should contact their Diageo representative.