Experimental dessert bar Om Nom is known for its kooky (and totally Instagrammable) desserts, but with the launch of a brand new cocktail menu, this CBD venue has upped the ante. We’re talking nitro-frozen salted caramel espresso martinis. We’re talking mojitos you can INHALE. So, basically, a) get there immediately and b) don’t drive.
When we attended the new cocktail menu launch, we were lucky enough to try seven different concoctions conjured up by master mixologist Grant Collins—founder of Sydney’s The Powderkeg, and the brains behind the cocktails at KuDeTa.
Collins’ brain works in mysterious ways: here at Om Nom, he takes classics like the Long Island Iced Tea, throws in an Alice In Wonderland reference (the Mad Hatters Tea Party), and delivers a steaming, whistling teapot that is equal parts theatrical and intoxicating. And we mean intoxicating in the traditional, probably-don’t-have-more-than-one-of-these way.
Cocktail-flavoured drama arrives at your table in spades, you never know quite what to expect: from a campfire marshmallow-infused pina colada hidden under a smokey, enigmatic cloche to a garden party themed gin cocktail with accompanying garden (complete with gummy worms), it’s all fodder for the young at heart—and social media obsessed.
The upside is that Collins knows his shit. The mojito trio (vapour, frozen, and deconstructed) all taste like, well, mojito. That might sound obvious, but it shows his restraint and skill – nothing is ruined here by style over substance.
Even when the cocktails aren’t “dramatic”—as is the case with the simple, delicious ‘Clover Club’, where Tanqueray 10 is paired with fresh raspberries and citrus, served in a simple silver goblet—it’s still impressive, delivering a mountain of fruity flavour.
A personal bucket list has emerged from attending this launch: now I gotta catch ‘em all.
Image credit: Om Nom/Soda Communications