The Cocktail Hour
Grabbing Drinks With World Champion Polo Player Melissa Ganzi
WHO: World champion polo player, entrepreneur and co-founder of the new World Polo League, Melissa Ganzi
WHAT: The Casamigos Silver Winnermelon cocktail, paired with the New Bedford Scallops with pork belly, kale, savoy cabbage and cauliflower purée; the Artichoke White Pizza with grilled artichokes, parsley and pecorino; and the Spicy Cauliflower of crispy cauliflower, kimchee vinaigrette and scallions.
WHERE: Trophy Room, 12300 S. Shore Blvd., Wellington / 561.793.2110 / trophyroomrestaurant.com
1 Playing polo with both Prince Harry and Prince William was: amazing, yet I felt even more honored to play against Prince Charles. He is charismatic, engaging and truly has a gift for making everyone feel important.
2 Something that most people likely don’t realize about the game of polo is: that it’s actually an “extreme” sport. It’s similar to the X Games. I think (fellow polo player) Sylvester Stallone said it best: “Polo is like trying to play golf in an earthquake.”
3 Becoming the very first woman in history to win the coveted Snow Polo World Cup St. Moritz was: a dream come true. St. Moritz is the birthplace of snow polo, so to win there is even more special. I was also the first woman to win snow polo in both Aspen and Kitzbühel.
4 The primary reason to create the brand new World Polo League was: to preserve the integrity and prestige of the sport of polo. The WPL plays the highest level of polo outside of Argentina.
5 For me, the single greatest aspect of traveling the planet playing this game I love has been: the wonderful experience of meeting people from around the world, the different cultures, codes and mores, yet to have a common passion; love of horses and the game. What a unique experience to share.
Melissa Ganzi was the first woman in history to win the Monty Waterbury Cup. Additionally, Ganzi is among the few women in history to compete in the C.V. Whitney Cup, the Gold Cup and the U.S. Open, and to be ranked among the top 10 amateurs in the world. Co-owner of both the Grand Champions and Aspen Valley Polo clubs, Ganzi became the first woman in history to win the famed Snow Polo World Cup St. Moritz in January. A winner of countless tournaments worldwide during a historic playing career, Ganzi co-founded and launched the all-new World Polo League in February, bringing the world’s greatest players and horses to her Grand Champions Polo Club and Valiente in Wellington. Polo fans worldwide watch the World Polo League matches live, in real-time via revolutionary flying drone telecast technology at worldpolo.org. Along with her husband, Marc, a former U.S. Open polo champion and World Polo League co-founder, the couple and their two children currently split time between their residences in Aspen, Colorado, and Wellington, Florida.
1.5 ounces Casamigos Silver Tequila
1.5 ounces watermelon juice
.75 ounce pineapple juice
.5 ounce lime juice
.25 ounce simple syrup
2 dash bitters
Combine ingredients in shaker with ice, shake, strain, pour over single large ice cube and garnish with a thin slice of jalapeño.