Empirical bottles cocktail to help damaged Beirut bar

Copenhagen-based Empirical Spirits has created a bottled cocktail with Electric Bing Sutt to support the bar’s reconstruction after it was destroyed during an explosion in Beirut last month.

On 4 August 2020 an explosion at the port in Beirut, Lebanon, killed 190 people and caused US$10 billion worth of damage across the city. During the devastating explosion, Beirut cocktail bar Electric Bing Sutt was destroyed.

To raise funds to support the rebuild and reopening of the bar, Danish distiller Empirical Spirits has unveiled the Yalla Habibi Rise Again bottled cocktail. It was named after the Lebanese phrase yalla habibi, meaning ‘come on darling’.

Developed by Electric Bing Sutt founder Jab Ballout and Empirical co-founders Lars Williams and Mark Emil Hermansen, the bottled cocktail is made using Empirical’s spirit, ES x ēe #1, mixed with manzanilla Sherry, green apple, sumac, shiso, basil and yuzu.

Ballout said of the Lebanese phrase: “It’s encouraging, it’s positive, it’s ‘shut up and let’s act now’, and it is exactly what we need for Beirut and our bar Electric Bing Sutt. We need to rise again, and with everyone’s help, we will.”

Bottled at 14.8% ABV, Yalla Habibi Rise Again is priced at €45 (US$53) and is available to order via the Empirical’s online shop. All the proceeds from its sale will be donated to the bar to support its reconstruction.

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Timothy Kelly

Tim is the Founder & Master Distiller at Felene. He developed his passion for the spirits and hospitality business while growing-up and working in his family's restaurant and liquor store business. Tim’s passion for the epicurean lifestyle has found it’s latest manifestation in the Felene Distillery. Tim is a 5-time Gold Medal Award winning Distiller. He has won a Platinum medal at the Prestigious Los Angeles Spirits Awards and his signature vodka was named Best-in-Category by the American Distilling Institute. Mr. Kelly is also a prolific author and writer and his blog is filled with ideas, discoveries, observations and recommendations to help his readers enjoy life’s simple epicurean pleasures.

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