“Ave Maya” is a ballet gala in memory of the legendary Russian ballerina Maya Plisetskaya who would have celebrated her 90th birthday in November 2015. The Gala, under the artistic direction of Andris Liepa, presented world-renowned dancers performing her favourite roles as well as works by choreographers that were originally created for Maya Plisetskaya, including Bolero and Carmen by Alberto Alonso. The evening was part of the annual Russian Ballet Icons Gala series.

The drinks reception was sponsored by elit By Stolichnaya super premium vodka. The team from elit by Stolichnaya and their PR company invited BlackLeaf Events to manage the cocktail bar on the evening including the staffing, bar units, branding glassware and bar dressing.

Our team served up hundreds of cocktails including the elit Martini and Lotus Martinis during the 30 minute reception after the ballet production. At midnight our team then shook up 300 elit Espresso Martini cocktails as desserts to end the gala dinner.

The Lotus Martini

75ml elit By Stolichnaya

5ml Belsazar dry vermouth

3 dashes grapefruit bitters

Stir over plenty of cubed ice and strain into a chilled coupe glass

Garnish with a twist of pink grapefruit