Yoga, black lights and raw, vegan cocktails. Pull it all together with some deep jungle house music and you have yourself a Grip The Mat party! We brought back Soul & Spirits, but this time to an underground art gallery in Adams Morgan called Hierarchy. The souled out event featured black light yoga + Gouter tonic cocktails mixed with Bulleit Bourbon and Ketel One Vodka and KIND snacks.
The room was packed with yogis of all levels. From the moment everyone stepped onto their mats, the breath was strong and the movement was fierce!
As soon as the practice ended, the room was buzzing with high spirits and thirsty yogis. On to the social hour...
In honor of the upcoming holiday, the bar featured Gouter's Patty Melk. The tonic boasts Spirulina, one of the most nutrient dense foods around in a creamy cashew melk with vanilla, mint extract, and coconut sugar and, of course, hemp seeds for an extra kick of protein. We added Bulleit Bourbon to create a high quality, complex and smooth cocktail.
Surprisingly, Bulleit shares an similar start-up story to Grip The Mat's. A message from their founder reads:
I quit my job and risked everything to experience life on the frontier. I have never looked back.
It's no wonder the drinks tasted so good. Not only is the whiskey made from an old family recipe, but the company still maintains the integrity of the taste with its small batch production and badass mission.
We also featured the staple vodka tonic, but with a spin on it! Starting off with a base of Gouter's Awake tonic -- a beverage that features blue green algae that literally glows in the dark (narturally!) -- we then added the sophisticated taste of Ketel One Vodka. With over 300 years of family distilling expertise under their belt, it is clear (no pun intended) that Ketel One knows a thing or two about their craft. The vodka mixed effortlessly with our vegan tonics to create a perfectly smooth swirl of thirst quenching elixirs. Their website features more crisp cocktail recipes. Click here to learn more.
Just look at those happy faces! We are thrilled for yet another successful Soul & Spirits and look forward to many more.
The light in us is inspired by the light in you.
Cheers and Namaste, yogis!