On the night of Nuit Blanche 2018 Toronto, media and holders of the lucky golden ticket got to enter Hendrick’s Gin L.E.V.I.T.A.T.R.E.Wondrously Whimsical World of Hendrick’s Gin.”

It was one special night because going down Hendrick’s Gin‘s rabbit hole only happens to the rare few.

Walking to the Hendrick’s Gin V.I.P. Departure Lounge, there was an incredible sight. The L.E.V.I.T.A.T.R.E. ( a 65-foot hot air balloon ) was awaiting guests to take them up 44 1/4 cucumbers ( 44.25 feet) in the air above Nathan Phillips Square. L.E.V.I.T.A.T.R.E. stands for (Levitating, Elevating, Voluminous, Illuminating, Tantalizing, Amazingly, Towering, Roaming, Eye) and those fortunate enough to get in it would be seeing Toronto like they’ve never seen before.

Entering the Departure Lounge was like traveling back in time to the Victorian era. Hendrick’s Gin and tonics were served (they tasted delicious) and appetizers were passed around to satisfy one’s hunger. Terri-Lynn Decker, a celebrated intuitive, provided energy readings and suggested connecting with the spirit angels who offer guidance.

Teri-Lynn Decker Hendrick's Gin's L.E.V.I.T.A.T.R.E. Hot Air Balloon Nuit Blanche Toronto 2018
Teri-Lynn Decker Hendrick’s Gin’s L.E.V.I.T.A.T.R.E. Hot Air Balloon Nuit Blanche Toronto 2018

Mr. Cucumber greeted guests warmly. Cucumbers (along with rose and 11 botanicals) are very important to the flavour of Hendrick’s Gin and are also an essential part of the C.O.R.G.A.N. (the Cucumber Organ of Remarkably Glorious Auditory Nirvana). The C.O.R.G.A.N uses real cucumbers as keys creating fabulous sounds. And guests got to hear the C.O.R.G.A.N. being played for the very first time.

Magician Spencer Scurr showed his talents with cards, truly stumping everyone. Not quite sure how he did it.

Alvin P. Ramchurn, National Brand Ambassador of Hendrick’s Gin, asked everyone to close their eyes and put their hand out to hold a cup. A unique liquid was poured into each cup, and Ramchurn requested that this liquid, called Hendrick’s Orbium to be tasted, slowly. Orbium, is a limited edition gin, with the addition of Wormwood, Quinine and Blue Lotus Blossom to the classic blend. One sip at a time and the unique flavour stood out. It was a true sensation on the tongue. Orbium is only available this fall for a short period of time only, in Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia.

Then the piece de resistance happened. The L.E.V.I.T.A.T.R.E. took up guests in the air and gave everyone a one of a kind experience. Being above Toronto in Hendrick’s Gin L.E.V.I.T.A.T.R.E. hot air balloonfor those minutes was quite magical and utterly unforgettable.