The Elixir of Life: A Masterclass of Liquid Alchemy

A Masterclass of Liquid Alchemy


Oct 15th 2018 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm


The Order of Chartreuse was more than 500 years old when in 1605, at a monastery in France, the monks received a gift of the ancient manuscript for the “Elixir of Long Life”. This manuscript was the work of a 16th century alchemist having possessed great knowledge of herbs with higher powers and the skill to blend, infuse and macerate a sacred combination of 130 botanicals to form this perfectly balanced tonic.

In celebration of our very own Alchemist Temple in the Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities, first unveilled October 2016, The Last Tuesday Society invites you to join us in celebration of the Elixir of Long Life as part of our most curious event programme on 15th October 2018.

The evening will begin with an exploration of the senses as we look for inspiration in the ancient history of this secret recipe. A tasting of the Chartreuse portfolio will be offered for divine inspiration.

Guests will then be invited to explore the art of liquid alchemy. Starting with a base spirit provided, purest of heart, guests will conjure up their own Elixir of Life to take home through the higher magical powers of natural botanicals. 

Finally, we will gather around the Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities' own alchemist temple as a dose of the elixir will be shared with each guest as has been offered daily to the monks of the Order of Chartreuse for centuries. 

Ticket price includes: A welcome "Green Lady" cocktail, Chartreuse tasting, a bottle of the personalised spirit infusions for each guest to take home, a dose of "The Elixir of Long Life" and admission to The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities. 

The Elixir of Long Life:

In the early 17th century, only a few monks and even fewer apothecaries understood the use of herbs and plants in the treatment of illness. The manuscript’s recipe was so complex that only bits and pieces of it were understood and used at Vauvert.

Today, this “Elixir of Long Life” is still made only by the Chartreuse monks following that ancient recipe, and is called Elixir Vegetal de la Grande-Chartreuse. Only two Chartreuse Monks – Dom Benoît and Brother Jean-Jacques – know the names of the 130 herbs and plants used.