Longing for an overseas trip and struggling with the news that Australia won’t open its borders until mid-2022? Australian Cocktail Month is giving you the chance to explore the world through spirits and cocktails.
“Like many Australians I love to travel and have greatly missed it,” said Australian Cocktail Month founder Penny Sippe. “When arriving in a unfamiliar city there is nothing better than dropping the bags and heading out to experience the hospitality of a new location – the traditional delicacies, the bars and restaurants, and the local products.
“Use Australian Cocktail Month to travel in your own city. Missing London? Enjoy a gin cocktail or two. Hankering for Scotland and all that is offers? Head into our amazing bars for a whisky. Dreaming of Mexico? Our Australian Cocktail Month tequila cocktails will have you sorted in no time.”
The festival is partnering with some of the best local and international alcohol brands to champion the country’s bar industry. Consumers will unlock unique bar experiences and enjoy delicious cocktails with the Australian Cocktail Month ticket. The $20 ticket is your passport to a special menu of cocktails created exclusively for the month. The menu is available at participating venues, with cocktails priced at $14, and non-alcoholic options at $10.
More than 80 different products from international and Australian brands are on offer for bartenders to create their cocktails for the month.
Like gin? Bombay Bramble, Fords, Hendrick’s, and Monkey 47 will transport you to the UK countryside.
For tequila lovers dreaming of a Mexican escape, 1800, Herradura and Patrón are being showcased at selected bars (pictured above is Nick & Nora’s).
For whisky fans who wish they were tramping in Scotland, Ailsa Bay, Glenfiddich, Monkey Shoulder and Naked Grouse cocktails are on offer. Or is it whiskey? Then get a taste of Kentucky with Buffalo Trace Bourbon and Woodford Reserve (pictured above is Beneath Driver Lane).
Many of the bars also evoke an international vibe with their decor. In Sydney, The Duke of Clarence (above) sources genuine antique materials from the UK to deliver a uniquely British experience hidden in the heart of Sydney’s CBD; The Lobo is filled with Cuban charm; and The Roosevelt calls Potts Point home but traces it’s ancestry back to New York in the 1950s.
In Melbourne, Bar Margaux bar and brasserie serves cocktails, wine and classic French food until late; Heartbreaker is inspired by the classic dive bars of Los Angeles; and Poodle is an art-deco inspired European restaurant and cocktail bar.
Brisbane will transport you San Sebastian at Alba Bar & Deli; Byblos Bar and Restaurant combines imaginative Mediterranean cuisine with lavish Lebanese hospitality; and Cielo Rooftop (above) is your gateway to the skyline of the Italian Riviera.
Adelaide has Bar Torino, a Mediterranean-inspired wine, cocktail bar and kitchen; Memphis Slim’s is a blues and cocktail focussed basement bar inspired by the likes of the New Orleans and Chicago music scene; and NOLA (above) is a New Orleans inspired bar and eatery.
A ticket to Australian Cocktail Month can be used at any participating venue throughout May. Click here to purchase and view the full list of participating venues.