HOME AND AWAY
VENICE and George Clooney seems like a winning combination but add tequila and it really sounds like a party. Hotel Cipriani is celebrating the arrival of Casamigos Tequila, the creation of Clooney and his best mate, restaurant and bar mogul Rande Gerber. Venice’s Cipriani, located on Giudecca Island, is the first hotel in Europe to offer the award-winning tequila to guests but Clooney and Gerber are working on distributing the product across the continent. Casamigos, named after Clooney’s and Gerber’s houses in Mexico, roughly translates to ‘‘house of friends’’ and since its January launch the tipple has become the world’s fastest-growing tequila brand. Hotel Cipriani’s head barman Walter Bolzonella has dreamed up a celebratory cocktail, Goodnight Amigos, in its honour. Clooney, a regular guest of the hotel, created a concoction known as Buonatte here in 2005 and Bolzonella has taken the original recipe, based on lime, ginger and cucumber peel, and added a Casamigos base. Drink it Clooney style, on the rocks, no salt or lime. More: hotelcipriani.com; orient-express.com.