If you have ever been told to never mix your drinks, read on, because here comes the rebuttal. There is nothing so glorious as a good cocktail. Frosted glasses, sugared rims, miniature umbrellas, fruit, fire and the flair of jaunty bar boys equipped with silver shakers – cocktails are fun, fabulous and a delight to the senses (or the senseless, for those who gleefully make concoctions from the dregs of the wine, schnapps, whisky, vodka, juice and milk bottles at the end of the night).
A truly great cocktail is a masterpiece of artistry, a prospect as pleasing to the eye as it is to the tongue, and should be made with the blood, sweat and tears of its creator (not literally, of course, though if it comes to that you should probably tip very well). The question is, though, where are these magnificent mixtures to be found in Melbourne?
Windsor's Borsch Vodka & Tears doesn't use blood, sweat and tears, but has a bountiful drinks list that is sure to get the humours a-stirring. With blends of honey, fruit, chocolate, nuts, spices, seeds and herbs mixed with just about any vodka or liqueur flavour you can think of, including garlic, chilli, birch, horseradish, gold flakes, banana and crab apple, you'll always find a quirky cocktail that is an experience to relish.
For something a bit more classic, Cecconi's Cantina in the CBD is perpetually poised to pour all the favoured fusions with style and sophistication, while Gin Palace is all about the magic of the martini.
Those who have a love of Redskin Vodka and other sweet infusions can create their own cocktails at The Branch in St Kilda or at Lucky Coq in Prahran. Both venues have a fine range of vodka flavours to choose from, though Lucky Coq has so many to inspire imaginative mixtures that patrons may never get around to perusing the regular Coqtail List.
Not to be forgotten, the Kitten Club on Little Collins St serves a few of its own special cocktails as well as the traditional types with a twist, and just down the road, Hairy Canary is famed for its unique and delicious mixed drinks. Also renowned are Lily Blacks and Bambu – but now over to you: where is your pick of the mixes in Melbourne?
the Alchemist on Brunswick street not only has gorgeous drinks but fabulous barstaff (who are happy to customize a concoction just for you...mine was served flaming!) and comfy corners...stop in for a drink on the way out or in
By Anonymous Thursday, 9th of February @ 10:10 am
1806 for sure
By nonie - reader Friday, 18th of May @ 10:13 pm
Agreed, can't believe you didn't have 1806 on your list!