The only way a good cocktail can be improved is to serve it alongside a great meal or snack. Luckily, there are plenty of events on during World Class Cocktail Week that celebrate food almost as much as they celebrate cocktails. Here are 10 of the best.
Floral Food and Cocktails at Bloodwood
Fried ba wong flowers in tamarind sauce paired with a chrysanthemum vodka iced tea? Marigold, rhubarb and pickled carrots with a pennywort margarita? Or perhaps a lavender gin and tonic served alongside onion sago crackers topped with a rose-petal chutney? This three-course edible-flower based menu is available to order all week. It’s vegan and gluten free, too.
Re-imagining the Izakaya at Cho Cho San
Cho Cho San is offering a matched food-and-cocktail menu for the duration of the week. It’s Japanese-leaning: think dishes such as Hiramasa kingfish sashimi topped with cucumber and pickled ginger, matched with the Madame Chuhai (Cho Cho San’s version of a Yuzu Sour), made with Pampero Blanco rum, elderflower liqueur, yuzu juice and orange bitters.
Italian Merenda at Maybe Frank
In Italy, the meal falling between lunch and dinner is known as merenda. At Maybe Frank, merenda is special cocktails (there are five to choose from) and freshly sliced mortadella paninos, along with other special regional Italian dishes. On all week except Monday.
Classic Cocktail Degustation at Owl House
Luke Sankey, new head chef at Owl House, has worked with the bar team to create a four-course degustation matched with classic cocktails. The cocktails will be made with Don Julio tequila and Bulleit Rye whiskey, among others. This offer will be available all week, except Monday.
Colours of Mamasan Cocktail Tapas Party at Mamasan
Both Mamasan Bondi and Mamasan Surry Hills are throwing cocktail and tapas parties. The ticket price includes 12 courses of Asian tapas, and dishes such as snapper and kingfish chilli dumplings in black-bean sauce, and one-bite Teppanyaki beef in house-made soy. One cocktail is included in the price. Our pick? The Barrel-Aged Negroni, made with Tanqueray gin, brown sugar, umeshu, shochu, red vermouth and rosemary.
Dessert Degustation at Bennelong
… or you could skip straight to sweets. Bennelong is offering four courses of Peter Gilmore’s signature desserts (including the cherry-jam lamington and the eight-texture chocolate cake) alongside matched cocktails, including a Chocolate and Ron Zacapa Rum Blazer.
Cocktails and Food, Food and Cocktails at Three Blue Ducks
Head to this Bronte favourite for three courses of matched food and cocktails. The Three Blue Ducks is keeping its menu for the evening secret, although it has revealed it will start with lots of oysters, and finish with an Espresso Martini-inspired dessert.
Barbeque and Boilermakers at Surly’s
Surly’s will mix Bulleit Bourbon and Dickel whisky-based boilermakers, and pair them with its pork spare ribs and slow-cooked Cape Grim beef brisket. Matches don’t get better than whisky and smoked meats.
Beverly Hills Brunch at Darlo Country Club
Darlo Country Club is putting on a brunch buffet. There will be cocktails (Bloody Marys made with Ketel One vodka; Espresso Martinis made with Ciroc vodka and cold-drip; and a brunch Martini with Tanqueray No. TEN gin). There will also be cold-cut meats and cheeses; freshly shucked oysters; an egg station; freshly baked bread and pastries; waffles and pancakes; seasonal fruit and juices.
Icebergs x Sunday Brunch at Icebergs Dining Room
Icebergs is also hosting brunch, but instead of a buffet, it’s three courses and a cocktail. Choose from a selection of bread and pastries, then its fruit salad with watermelon, berries, citrus and geranium ice; your choice of ocean trout with roe and cultured cream, or frittata with porcini mushrooms, goat’s curd and kale; and a final dish of pork cheek with a hen’s egg, asparagus and focaccia. Choose either the No. 242 with Tanqueray gin, grapefruit and basil; or the No. 280 with Tanqueray gin, lemon, mint and prosecco.
For more information on these events, including information on how to buy tickets, visit the World Class Cocktail Week hub.
This article is presented in partnership with World Class.