Great things happen when delicious foodie inspiration and sought-after top-shelf spirits collide. In fact, some of the best cocktails in Melbourne combine culinary treats (think candied apples, Italian cheeses and more…) with alcoholic beverages. To prove it, we’ve rounded up the best foodie cocktails Melbourne has to offer.
Triberg in Tears at Berlin Bar
This delicious, zesty drink at Berlin Bar brings together pink grapefruit, lemon and asparagus infused vodka, and tops it off with a sweet vanilla foam and candied asparagus. It might sound a little left-of-centre but trust us, it works!
Sunday Roast Old Fashioned at Bad Frankie
It’s pretty obvious where this Bad Frankie tipple takes its inspiration from. This unique twist on the whiskey-based Old Fashioned includes lamb washed Gun Alley whiskey, rosemary and a mint jelly reduction, making it one of the best cocktails in Melbourne for more adventurous drinkers.
Fig Shrub at Milk the Cow
Carlton & St Kilda
Cheese and booze is the essential combination for any good foodie time, which is why Milk The Cow’s Fig Shrub is a must-try Melbourne cocktail. Sweet fig balsamic, pear and vodka are finished off with a citrus twist and served with a delicious accompaniment of Italian gorgonzola picante. The ultimate indulgent cocktail for cheese fiends, served at both their Carlton and St Kilda venues.
Espresso Zabaione at Eau de Vie
What else would you expect from one of Melbourne’s best bars? This killer cocktail at Eau de Vie is as close to a dessert in a martini glass as you’ll get! The traditional espresso martini gets the molecular gastronomy treatment—vodka, coffee and maple syrup are topped with liquid nitrogen frozen saffron and vanilla mouse, which has to be cracked into to be consumed.
Kevin Bloody Bacon at The Sweetwater Inn
Bacon in a cocktail—dreams DO come true! The Sweetwater Inn has created what we think of as the godfather of all bloody Marys. Bacon, beetroot and green chilli infused vodka is blended with Tabasco, worcestershire sauce and tomato juice to make the ultimate hangover cure.
Singing This Will Be The Day That I Die at Bar Exuberante
The fact that we had to get in touch with Bar Exuberante's owner because we couldn’t remember what this particular cocktail was called is a testament to just how
many we drank good a foodie drink it is! Bar Exuberante mixes a delicious rum-based cocktail that is served in a Tiki skull and comes topped with a slice of Angostura toffee apple, freshly toasted using a blowtorch before your very eyes. One of the best cocktails in Melbourne for fans of food and theatrics–so good, in fact, that it made us forget ourselves…
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