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Published December 22nd 2018
Gin Lane is one of the newer bars on the block in Chippendale's Kensington Street with over 80 different gins and an impressive selection of whisky and scotch, however, the best part in my eyes is the boozy soft serve over summer. Using cold-pressed juices and natural sugars amongst a splash of alcohol, it's just what one needs on a warm day.
The cocktail combined with soft serve ice cream sees a different concoction each day. There's the Southside with gin, pressed mint and citrus; the Negroni with Tanqueray gin, Campari, Rosso and cold-pressed lime; and the Aperol Spritz with honeycomb, edible rose petals and candied orange, to name but a few. Who knows what tomorrow will bring?
These spiced-up summer refreshers come in cups for $8 and black waffle cones for $10 from gelato guru David Lopresti and head mixologist Grant Collins. They're available Mondays to Wednesdays from 4pm-5pm and Thursdays to Saturdays from 2pm-4pm.
Grant is also bringing the 'wow' factor in his signature cocktails with the likes of the Strawberry Smack, Gunpowder Plot, Hibiscus & Rose Fizz, Spiced Blueberry Daisy and Lightbulb Moment (love the names). A number of fruity and flowery syrups combine with gin as the base in most, as well as tequila, vodka and liqueurs, in these creations that change regularly so you'll never be bored.
There's also some interesting concoctions to share, suitable for 2-3 people. The smoking Watering Can consists of Pimms, Genever, ginger ale, ginger beer, St Germain, fresh mint cucumber, strawberries and citrus; whilst the Smoking Tea Pot has Earl Grey Tanqueray gin, Earl Grey bitters, pressed lemon and Earl Grey tea, topped with Prosecco. For something fishy, try the Fishbowl G&T that will see you downing London Dry Gin, lavender bitters, grapefruit bitters and Fever-Tree Tonic. It's served in a fishbowl with fresh pink grapefruit, mint and Jelly Fish.
For those that want something 'old school' and not so extravagant, then there's a range of beers, wines, cider, rum amongst other spirits, and non-alcoholic beverages.
Food is also available with the likes of cheese and charcuterie boards for you to enjoy indoors or outdoors, however, the alcohol is the standout here with the colourful creations and their presentation on the mark.
All of the above is served and further accentuated in your surroundings within the beautifully restored 18th Century terraced townhouse, reminiscent of a 17th Century Gin Palace. Full of character, this unique bar is a must-try.
Look for the teal painted building next to the northern entrance to Spice Alley