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Published March 8th 2013
Because some drinks are for experience
A special occasion or a special night is incomplete if you do not toast it with a perfect cocktail drink. And when it comes to Melbourne, we know which drink will light up which occasion for us. Here's a quick list of ten best and most popular cocktail drinks in Melbourne, of which at least one is guaranteed with each round of clinking glasses. Whether you drink for style or to keep company or just to feel that slight spin in your head, these cocktail drinks promise to lighten up your mood. From margaritas, martinis to mojitos, just sip on the one you like.
This is perhaps the most refreshing cocktail drink and of course most popular amongst Melburnians as well. This concoction of white rum, sugar, mint leaves and lemon when topped up with crushed ice transforms into an exhilarating drink for any occasion and any season. The zesty lemon flavour oozing out of lemon wedges and mint hue make it absolutely irresistible during the summer season and an eye candy in winters. You can hit any pub/bar in Melbourne and you are guaranteed to find this heavenly drink each time.
This is one drink which gets the undivided attention of men from across the globe. James Bond's favourite, this drink has been made popular by his famous one liner "shaken not stirred" in the early 1960s and till date it continues to rule the roost when it comes to cocktails and men. A blend of vodka, vermouth and olive juice, this classic drink is served over ice rocks and add a twist of olive to it if you like it in true bond style.
This sassy and classy drink is every woman's favourite and creates just the playful mood needed to uplift your evening. Prepared by mixing vodka, cranberry juice and lime juice, this drink brings out the true chic and urbane side in you. This drink gained a massive fan-following owing to the famous romantic drama Sex and the City, featuring Sarah Jessica Parker in a leading role and her fascination with it.
This is another celebrated cocktail amongst the blokes of Melbourne. Prepared by mixing and shaking gin, lemon juice, sugar and soda, this drink is classically served over ice and often garnished with cherry and orange slices. It tastes best when sipped upon on a summer evening. Its sweet and sour taste will sink well into your taste buds and the tangy lemon flavour will ensure you enjoy a refreshing feeling all through the evening.
This Mexican drink brings out the sensational impact of tequila mixed with Cointreau or sometimes orange-flavoured liqueur and lime or lemon juice. Served shaken with ice rocks the margarita glass rim is coated with thin layer of salt to give it that extra zing when you sip on it. You can find it in variety of colours, from orange, red to blue depending upon which liqueur is used by your bar tender. Apart from all this goodness, the Margarita is also a ladies favourite drink.
This drink might taste like tea, it might look like tea but it has nothing like tea in it when it comes to ingredients. Made primarily from vodka, gin, tequila, and rum it also comes in variant with equal parts of vodka, tequila, rum, gin and triple sec with 1½ parts sour mix and a splash of cola. Served over ice cubes and garnished with lemon slices this drink tastes divine when it comes to beating the heat waves in Melbourne.
This cocktail drink is adored by sheilas and blokes of Melbourne with equal zest. A perfect brew of Jameson Whiskey, blood orange juice, cranberry juice, sugar syrup and orange bitters is prepared and served with ice rocks and garnished with slices of blood orange, mint leaves and assorted berries. A generous portion of ginger beer is then poured into this glass to hail a great time.
Just like its name this popular drink is enjoyed most on a hot afternoon along a beachside or on warm summer nights while feeling the gentle sea breeze on your skin. It is made from mixing vodka, cranberry juice and orange juice along with peach schnapps and is typically served in highball glass and garnished with orange slices. Loved by womenfolk this drink is enjoyed by men too, so don't shy away and ask your bartender for some Sex on the Beach next time when you hit a Melbourne pub.
The simplicity of this cocktail makes it even more alluring when you get a taste of it. A concoction of fresh lime juice, vodka and lemonade is shaken well with ice and served in highball glass. Few drops of angostura bitter is sprinkled into the drink accords it a bitter taste, which along with the zesty flavour of lime creates magic on your palette. If you are planning to take the evening slow and long, then this cocktail drink is the just the one for you.
This cocktail drink is served best on cold nights and wintery evenings. A combination of coffee and whiskey is just perfect to wrap up your body in warmth on those chilly nights. It is made by mixing coffee with Irish whiskey and some sugar for those who like it a little sweet. The warm and soothing feeling of this drink will take your fun quotient to another level, just where you want to be.
Most of the best cocktails in Melbourne are created as originals by the bars themselves. Cocktails such as the Bittersweet Lover, Marilyn Monroe, Libre Parade, Jar of Marmalade and Hawaii Five-O are fabulous with some bars making a cocktail on the spot suited to your taste. To have a Tom Collins or such drink is nice but in this list you are not finding some of the best 'unique to Melbourne' drinks our great bars have available.