Croquet season is upon us, and right beside the Royal Croquet Club lawn is the Broadsheet Bar. It is serving cocktails from six of our favourite haunts: The Beaufort, Bad Frankie, Leonard’s House of Love, The Everleigh, Black Pearl and Le Bon Ton. Each bar is contributing a perfect croquet concoction for serious summer sipping.
The New Wave Collider is a Pina Colada-inspired cocktail by The Beaufort. It has been designed as a welcome drink. “It’s sweet on the palate, but also pretty complex,” says Dave Kerr, owner of The Beaufort. The drink uses the fat-washing technique to give you a coconut-washed rum which is mixed with lime juice, a little sugar and pineapple. Kerr likes to think the cocktail whisks you away to a tropical paradise, where behind the bar there’s a "muscly, softly-spoken Fijian man wearing a sarong".
Bad Frankie has put together a Spritz with fresh grapefruit juice, small-batch rum and falernum syrup topped with soda and orange rind. “The falernum syrup by The Commissary has the flavours of Christmas – cloves, almonds and orange blossom,” says assistant manager Amelia Boot. “It’s a perfect drink for the Australian summer.”
Another easy starter is the Queen Of Hearts by Leonard’s House of Love. It’s a jazzed-up pineapple vodka with cracked black pepper, basil and lemon juice. “Pineapple and pepper is a weird and wonderful combination that makes for a really fun, refreshing summer drink,” says Leonard’s manager, Hannah Parkie.
The Everleigh’s Bitter Late Than Never is a gin-and-cognac blend with lemon soda and tonic water. “It’s like lemonade for adults,” says owner Michael Madrusan. “Best drunk at any time of the day, it’s an easy one to come back to.”
In the heat of the aperitif craze, Black Pearl has put together a short, effervescent Spritz cocktail. It’s called the Stirling Spritz and uses Ketel One vodka, Cocchi Americano, verjuice, suze, soda, lime and is garnished with cucumber slices. “When you get your nose into the glass, it just screams summer,” says owner Tash Conte.
Le Bon Ton has stayed true to its American focus and is serving the Huckleberry Buck, a darker- and richer-flavoured cocktail. “It’s like a classic American cherry pie with chocolate ice cream and pastry,” says bar manager Evan Stanley. The caramel and vanilla sweetness comes from Bulleit Bourbon, and is paired with chocolate and cherry flavours and topped with dry ginger ale.
See you at the Broadsheet Bar for a drink this summer.
Royal Croquet Club runs from Thursday December 10 until Sunday December 20 at Birrarung Marr. Entry is free.