It's finally June, and summer is well and truly here: We're checking the humidity index, wearing as little as possible, slapping on the sunscreen, and basking in the sun. You may have even attended a few BBQs already. If one thing's for sure, it's that Montrealers are bonkers for their three months of summer, and that means your schedule is probably already jam-packed with outdoor festivals and activities!
But there's one event happening this sunny season that you definitely won't want to miss, and it has to do with gin, jazz, and soaring above Montreal in a massive hot air balloon.
If you're over 18, you're probably familiar with Hendrick's Gin. The super-premium, handcrafted, and small-batch gin is known for being unusually infused with cucumber and rose. And now, the delightfully peculiar brand is reappearing at the Montreal Jazz Fest with its 65-foot E.L.E.V.A.T.U.M. hot air balloon, better known as the Elevating, Levitating, Exceptionally, Voluminous, Amazingly, Towering, Uplifting, Mobile.
Montrealers have the chance to enter to win a pair of coveted Golden Tickets for a ride on the E.L.E.V.A.T.U.M., to an astonishingly peculiar height of 44 ¼ cucumbers, on June 27 or 28. You can try your luck entering onsite at the Hendrick’s Gin Air Departure Lounge, located at 310 Rue Sainte-Catherine W., at the corner of Rue de Bleury and Rue Sainte-Catherine W. Entrants must live in Quebec and be of legal drinking age to be eligible.
If Lady Luck doesn’t bestow her good fortune on you, don’t worry! Hendrick's Gin has a few other surprises up its sleeve at the Hendrick’s Gin Air Departure Lounge for attendees of the Montreal Jazz Festival.
In celebration of the gin and tonic's most celebrated and necessary garnish, the cucumber, Hendrick's Gin will return with its Jazz Cucumber Organ - or C.O.R.G.A.N. (aka the Cucumber Organ of Remarkably Glorious Auditory Nirvana) - with real, whole cucumbers for keys. Yes, you read that right!
To top it all off, Hendrick's will be sampling complimentary G&Ts with cucumber in mini tea cups for those of legal drinking age. Told you this was an event you wouldn't want to miss!