Every year on the 29th July, the inhabitants of the small town of Las Nieves on the isolated northwest part of Spain called Galicia, celebrate what has been labeled one of the most outrageous religious pilgrimages in the world -- La Fiesta de Santa Marta de Ribarteme or Near-Death Day.
This bizarre festival sees the celebration of anyone who has managed to cheat death in the last year and honours Saint Marta de Ribarteme, the patron saint of resurrection. The highlight of these celebrations see the death-cheating individuals jump into a coffin, paraded around town and carried to the church Santa Marta De Ribarteme by their nearest and dearest. With near death experiences seemingly so rife in the small town of Las Nieves, one might recommend that the locals introduce the regular consumption of coriander to their diets, believed by the Chinese to be a seed that grants immortality.
In honour of the Near Death Day, Hendrick's Gin, has created a cocktail and film which celebrates a pioneering endeavour undertaken by two brave British mountaineers, George Mallory and Andrew Irvine, who embarked on an intrepid venture to be the first to reach the top summit of Mount Everest in 1924. Mallory and Irvine disappeared on their journey somewhere high on the mountain and no one to this day knows whether or not they reached the summit. Some death defying coriander, may have been just what mountaineers, Mallory and Irvine, could have done with, although the interest and questions surrounding their expedition and disappearance will live on for all eternity.
In honour of this most extraordinary occasion, Mathias Simonis of Trick Dog and The Bon Vivant's, San Francisco has crafted the Health & Beauty cocktail. A delightful tipple to toast the Fiesta de Santa Marta de Ribarteme, Near-Death Day, this cocktail also highlights the remarkably spicy citrus notes of the coriander seeds found in Hendrick's Gin.
"All those unfortunate enough to experience 'near death' should imbibe this reviving elixir of youth immediately!" Comments David Piper, Global Ambassador for Hendrick's Gin.
Health & Beauty, by Mathias Simonis at Trick Dog and The Bon Vivant's, San Francisco
50ml Hendrick's Gin
25ml Lavender Syrup
12.5ml Lemon Juice
12.5ml Lime Juice
25ml Heavy Cream
2 Drops Mint Bitters
Combine ingredients in cocktail shaker and "dry" shake. Add ice and shake vigorously. Strain into hi ball glass over fresh cubed ice and garnish with a sprig of mint, a slice of refreshing cucumber and a piece of lemon peel.