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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.

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