Saturday, 9 March 2013

Parched March Cocktail Trails 1: Bondi

Experience one of our delicious Sydney taste adventures, starring the Parched March signature cocktails

Photo: Sam Ali

TRAIL ONE: Bondi: Beachside bliss

Start your sipping safari on Bondi Road, at the south end of the world-famous beach. This is the road to the ocean and to prepare yourself, visit The Corner House and savour a Jungle Centaur. It's a tiki-tastic concoction of Remy Martin VS, Appleton 8yo, Campari, lime juice, honey water and pineapple juice.

Turn the corner onto Campbell Parade and you'll find pirate's lair The Anchor, where maestro of mixing Andy Penney will rustle you up a Mango and Hooch, his zingy blend of  Tequila, fresh mango, Passoa, lime and Sprite.

Proceed with the beach on your right to Bondi Social, pull up a seat on the balcony and gaze out at the Pacific, cradling a Passion-jito: Mount Gay Eclipse Silver rum, wild passion alize, fresh passion fruit, mint, lime and a dash of sugar syrop.

A short stroll brings you to Hall Street, where at Bondi Hardware you can ponder the delights of The Black Cat: Tia Maria, Patron XO, Espresso, Maple Syrup and vodka served in a martini glass

Stop in at Bavarian Bier Cafe Bondi to freshen up with a Crouching Tiger made from Russian Standard vodka, Zen Green Tea Liqueur, Liquor 43 and white peach puree.

You're approaching Bondi's north and it's quite possibly time to graze. In the mood for Asian? Fortunately, you're right beside two of Bondi's best: dumpling queen Miss Chu and the excellent PaperPlanes, a furiously hip fusion of Tokyo pop and Bondi beach cool. Of course, both are Parched March participating bars, and serve up beautiful signature cocktails.

At PaperPlanes it's the Kaze Sour, a whisky sour made with Yamazaki 12yo, shaken fresh lemon, egg white and bitters served in a large rocks glass with a smooth frothy finish and cherry. Miss Chu has Chu's Jungle JuiceMount Gay Rum, orange and pineapple juice, a splash of lemon and irresistible passion fruit. 

Which brings you full cocktail circle back to the rum-flavoured, beachy tiki-style vibe you started with. Symmetry. We love it. Especially served tall over ice.

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