For many of us, a night of drinking doesn't become sophisticated until cocktails are ordered. Unfortunately, just wanting to be like Don Draper or James Bond is no guarantee you'll actually enjoy an Old Fashioned or know what kind of martini to ask for. Since cocktails are fairly expensive drinks (whether you notice it at the time or not), it's also cheaper to learn from the experiences of others. So, without further ado: the three best cocktails in Brisbane – and where to get them.
Dolce and Gabbana at Sling Lounge, West End. This is a smooth cocktail that tastes like chocolate-covered strawberries and cream. While it may not look very alcoholic, it's the only drink I know of that's capable of lulling you into a false sense of security – the Dolce and Gabbana is potent and it's impossible to have just one. Sipping one (or several) of these is the perfect way to round out an evening, especially while reclining on the cushions in Sling's courtyard.
Number 2 Singapore Sling at Glass Bar, Fortitude Valley. The Singapore Sling is a large, fruity, tropical cocktail, with gin and pineapple juice as its base. It's a classic twentieth century cocktail and is available just about everywhere. The downside is that the recipe varies from bar to bar, so unless you feel like memorising a list of specific ingredients, you can't always be sure you'll be served the same drink. Of course, that's no problem if you only order them at Glass Bar, where the Singapore Slings are consistent and, more importantly, delicious.
Number 3 Grasshopper at Lychee Lounge, West End. If you've ever wondered what it would be like to drink an after dinner mint, the Grasshopper is for you. It's a creamy, choc-mint cocktail which is an ideal replacement for dessert. Like the Singapore Sling, it's a well-known drink and, although it doesn't often appear on menus, most cocktail bars will make one for you. The thoughtful people at Lychee Lounge serve their Grasshopper with grated chocolate on top, so I think it's time they started advertising it.
Have you tried any mouth-watering, life-changing or even downright gut-wrenching cocktails lately? Leave a comment below, so we can learn from each other's successes and failures!
I would like to ask if anyone knows why cocktail prices range between $16.00 and $20,00 In Brisbane and the Gold Coast. Now I make my own Margaritas. Easy to make and inexpensive. It seems that once again good folk are being ripped off. If there is any justification for this bar robbery, I would be glad to hear of it. Or let me know where I can buy cocktails that are under $15.00.