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A Taste of Turner 2013 at the Everglades Hotel, Derry-Londonderry

Later this month, Derry-Londonderry is making history by becoming the first Turner Prize host outside of England since its beginnings in 1984 – and to toast the occasion, the local Everglades Hotel (part of the prestigious Hastings Hotels group) has transformed their cocktail menu under the influence of past winners and their work.

New cocktails include the J.M.W Turner G & Tea, The Damien Hirst Shark Tooth and Richard Wright’s Winter Warmer! A firm favourite among visitors to Northern Ireland’s fascinating second city and now, City of Culture 2013, The Everglades Hotel is ideally located just five minutes from the bustling and historic heart of Derry-Londonderry or as they like to refer to it Legenderry! The 64-room hotel prides itself on high standards and unrivalled views across the hills of Donegal and the River Foyle, and is a great resting place for visits to the Giant’s Causeway and other North West attractions. 

The Turner Prize 2013 is one of many cultural highlights taking place in Derry-Londonderry to mark its year as the City of Culture, bringing some of the best contemporary visual art to the city from 23rd October with the winner being announced at an awards ceremony on 2nd December. Other highlights include an international Choral Festival, a large scale Halloween carnival, a new Field Day theatre production, a spectacular Lumiere festival of light in November, and a larger than life Relief of Derry Symphony by Shaun Davey in December.  

Neil Devlin, General Manager of the Everglades Hotel says, “It has been a fantastic year for Derry-Londonderry. Not only are we playing host to the Turner Prize 2013 – the first outside of the UK in its 30 year history – being City of Culture has really elevated our cultural heritage to visitors outside Northern Ireland. A great year for celebration, we have not only seized the opportunity to honour the occasion with a host of new drinks, we have also challenged our mixologist to be as creative as the artists we are toasting!”  

With the Everglades’ location cementing itself within Derry’s cultural beat, its signature Library Bar has long been a lively destination. The perfect location to raise a glass to Turner winners past and present, highlights include:  

J.M. W Turner G & Tea, £6 – Gordon’s Gin mixed with Tonic Water and Cooled Earl Grey Tea, served over ice and garnished with Orange Peel

A cocktail in honour of the man who the Turner Prize was named after. This cocktail combines some quintessential British ingredients to create a masterpiece the man himself would have been proud to call his own.

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