The heat is on. Or at least it will be… So we’ve found the Melbourne bars and restaurants that have the best icy antidotes! Forget the kitsch frozen margaritas you might find at your run-of-the-mill Mexican. These super-chilled drinks and seasonal treats are made of much cooler stuff. Work up a sweat as you work your way through our list of Melbourne’s best frozen cocktails.
Urban Twist at 1806 | Melbourne CBD
If anyone could make martinis even cooler it would be these guys! The latest drink on the menu at 1806 is The ‘Urban Twist’ cocktail. It features Blue Coat gin, Cocchi and lime cordial with a soothing scoop of fragrant ginger, pimento, Thai basil and lime sorbet on the side. Hurry though; we’ve been told this drink will disappear from the menu like Frosty the Snowman in the sunshine before too long (and 1806 are kindly offering it at a special price for The Urban List readers when you mention this article). Aww, you guys!
Raspados at La Condesa | Fitzroy
Make sure to add the Spanish word ‘raspados’ to your vocabulary this summer. These are Mexican snow cones and La Condesa prefer them of the adult variety. They’re serving up strawberry jalepeno, pineapple coriander and horchata (spiced rice milk) varieties, all happily spiked with tequila.
Two Italian Boys Gelato at Brunetti | Carlton
Brunetti have been hosting these blow-out parties they call ‘Aperitivo Danzante’. It’s basically drinking, dining and dancing with the extended Italian family you never knew you had (the next one’s in late December). The star of the show just might be their custom gelato collaboration with winemakers, Two Italian Boys. They’ve had Aperol, Campari and Prosecco spiked gelati in the past but, as favours rotate each time, the next lot will be a surprise.
Como by Seaplane at Chiara | Docklands
Speaking of good Italian things, Chiara has broken out a shiny new liquid nitrogen tank – added as part of a recent enlivening of their bar – to make grapefruit sorbet in seconds. It’s destined to be splashed with Prosecco in Chiara’s new ‘Como by Seaplane’ cocktail. Sip one of these and pretend you’re Amal Alamuddin reclining by the shoreline at George Clooney’s Lago di Como villa.
Lychee Ice Drink at New Shanghai | Melbourne CBD
Perhaps summer in Shanghai is more your speed? The Yakult flavoured ice drink at New Shanghai might be a tad too adventurous for us most days. So we’re opting for the Lychee version splashed with either gin or vodka after scoffing one too many piping hot Xiao Long Bao dumplings.
Dinner Party Revolution at Double Happiness | Melbourne CBD
We’ll stick with the Chinese theme for a moment while they stick their tongues firmly in cheek; Double Happiness offers up their ‘Dinner Party Revolution’. Cherry-infused vodka, Lillet Blanc, absinthe and black walnut bitters are poured over a Lapsang souchong tea which has been frozen into an icy sphere. We’re not sure whether this frozen cocktail will get the party started, or an uprising.
Pale Ale Sorbet at Helados Jauja | Carlton
So rum and raisin ice-cream is pretty standard fare. But Helados Jauja is anything but a standard ice-creamery. In addition to classic rum-spiked scoops, they have experimented with stout beer, sambayon (the South American version of zabaione with Marsala), kirsch cream, eggnog, Pisco sour and Shiraz raspberry ice-creams in the past. We hear rumours of a Pale Ale Sorbet currently in the making, utilising Little Creatures.
Espresso Zabaione at Eau De Vie | Melbourne CBD
Can’t go past an espresso martini on a cocktail list? Maybe try the iced coffee, dessert-ified version at Eau De Vie when the mercury rises. Home of some of Melbourne’s best cocktails, they are practically famous for their ‘Espresso Zabaione’ made with coffee, maple syrup and a topping of frozen saffron and vanilla mousse. Have them make it with your choice of Wyborowa vodka, Olmeca Altos Blanco tequila or Ron Zacapa 23-year-old rum.
Walking Dead Head at The Noble Experiment | Collingwood
Sometimes a cocktail unexpectedly become a spectacle. The Noble Experiment’s ‘Walking Dead Head’ fits this bill. It’s concocted from house-made syrups, spiced iced peach tea and rums and liqueurs that have been barrel-aged in house. Then things get chilly. We don’t want to spoil the surprise too much, so just go order one and ensure you take along a few friends to share it with.
Choose Your Own Frozen Daiquiri at Cookie | Melbourne CBD
Take some Havana Club rum, choose your fruit (pineapple, mango, watermelon etc) and a flavour (ginger, lavender, white choc etc) and Cookie will blend it you into a custom frozen daiquiri for you. We’ve calculated there are well over a hundred flavour combos to try out if you only pick one of each. Better start now.
Juniper Sublime G&T at Project Botanicals | North Melbourne
Presented in a proper copa glass, the signature G&T at Bombay Sapphire’s pop-up gin bar, ‘Project Botanicals’, promises to come served with Fever Tree tonic and ‘an aromatic fog and dry ice’. It’s not as spooky as it sounds and the food pairing of Blue Swimmer Crab toasts with pecan dukkah, roasted garlic and lavender by Mastechef’s Gary Mehigan is just as tasty.
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