FOOD & DRINK Features
The Wacky & Wonderful Cocktails of Sydney
We’re Aussie; we love our beer. Hell, we love our wine too, and who could blame us; we’re so good at it. But what we really love after a hard days work, at brunch or on girls night, is a tongue titillating cocktail.
We’ve come a long way from Sex on the Beach and Snowballs, and while keeping it simple can pay off, the wonderful world of mixology is far too alluring to stick to the basics.
So here’s five places in Sydney that serve up quirky, crazy cocktails. Sip, swill, gulp and guzzle to your heart’s content!
155 Victoria Street
Potts Point, 2011
Take a seat at the bar at this Merivale number and buckle up for an explosion of modern Asian flavours in liquid form. Try the $ 16 Pirates Palm; a fresh and zingy combination of Havana Club Especial, lemongrass, palm sugar, chilli, lime and kaffir lime. Imagine you’re chewing on a piece of Willy Wonka’s gum, but instead of roast beef and baked potato, your tastebuds are thrown into a tasty Thai meal for one. Try the $16 Pearl Diver; strawberry infused Lillet Blanc, Wyborowa vodka, Prosecco & strawberry pearls, served in a sealed plastic cup complete with straw – reminiscent of Asian favourite bubble tea.
Photo via talkandspoon
33 Enmore Street
Newtown’s Hartsyard has become the go-to place for polished American cuisine, with the menu boasting crispy pig tails with buttermilk dressing, oyster po-boys, cheesy poutine and lamb ribs with cornbread (sorry, we couldn’t narrow it down). The drinks are on par with the food -nothing quite screams ‘USA! USA!’ like the smoky Hartsyard Manhattan, (bacon-infused Jack Daniel’s, sweet vermouth, bitters, maple syrup – $18). Let the $18 Dem Appelz appeaz your sweet tooth; Tuaca liqueur, JD honey, spiced apple, lemon, egg white and cinnamon – apple pie in a glass. God bless America.
22-23 Manly Wharf
Set on the wharf with a distinct seaside vibe, Papi Chulo serves up some killer cuisine. But as we are beginning to realise, it’s not all about the grub. The cocktail list is an amalgamation of exotic influences, with the $18 Calypso a hip rolling celebration of the Caribbean. It’s Plymouth Gin, lime juice and aromatic lemon myrtle briskly shaken and served straight up.
Perhaps unsurprisingly in the image conscious hub of Manly, the most popular of Papi Chulo’s cocktails is the ‘almost healthy’ Cravado. Appealing to those of us who are watching our figures, it’s a refreshing frozen blend of Vodka, coconut water, lychees, fresh mint and lime. ($18) Any drink featuring coconut water must be good for you, right?
photo via Papi Chulo
Basement 275 Clarence Street
Everyone loves visiting Grandma. It’s a guaranteed sugar rush and you know you’ll leave belly full and satisfied (probably with a doggy bag). The vibe is no different at this eclectic CBD spot; it’s cosy, cool and feels like you’ve just rolled in at Nannas. The cocktails? Where do we start? Grandma’s boasts a huge cocktail selection, including exotic concoctions, grandma’s favourite tipples and a whole selection dedicated to ‘the story of rum’. If you’re wanting to tickle your refined foodie tastebuds, go for the Well Thymed; a zingy, earthy mix of homemade rhubarb and thyme puree, fresh lemon, sugar, bourbon and a splash of egg white ($16). Or if you’re after something a bit more whacky, try the $17 Peanut Butter Colada. It blends golden rum with coconut, homemade roasted pineapple puree, fresh pineapple & peanut butter. We know, we know, only at batty ol’ Grandmas ay!
photo via Grandmas
55 York Street
Yep, Sherlock Holmes would have loved Uncle Mings. It’s crowded, dark, glows red and although it lacks the intoxicating haze of the poppy, it serves up drinks so good they should be outlawed. If you like your cocktails how you like your tea; in a pot, then Uncle Ming’s is the place for you. Available by the glass or teapot and labeled ‘Mings Traditional Painkillers’, try the Ahn Do; Tanqueray gin, shiso umeshu (Japanese basil & plum wine), fresh coriander from Mings garden and lemon ($18 glass). Keep it colonial with An English Affair, a sweet, fragrant mix of Tanqueray gin, lychee liquor, rose syrup and lavender bitters ($18 glass).
photo via Uncle Mings
Writer – Hannah C.