Veteran Sydney restaurateur Maurice Terzini has always had an eye for style. His iconic Icebergs Dining Room and Bar is not just one of the city’s most elegant and famous restaurants, it’s got an enviably singular aesthetic. Likewise, his other venues – Bondi Beach Public Bar, The Dolphin and Cicciabella – all have a striking, bold identity.
It’s not surprising, then, that Icebergs would create what we’re calling this city’s most stylish lockdown pre-batched cocktails.
Devised with the Icebergs bar team, the Icebergs x Drinks Pouch is both a refreshing party starter and the height of home-drinking couture. It will set you back $140 but comes with the restaurant’s four signature drinks – ice and garnish included (i.e. everything but the glasses). All you need to do is open, pour and sip.
The bar staff have mixed classics such as Negroni (Tanqueray gin, Campari, Martini Rosso), Old Fashioned (Bulleit Bourbon, Angostura Bitters, sugar), Vesper Martini (Tanqueray gin, Ketel One Vodka, Lillet Blanc) and Martinez (Tanqueray gin, Martini Rosso, Luxardo Maraschino, Angostura Bitters), making enough of each for two.
Alongside the four drinks, which come in sealed plastic bags, they’ve popped in a couple of ice cubes chiselled by Sydney’s premium ice-maker Bare Bones (these are for the Negroni and the Old Fashioned), plus garnishes of lemon-peel and orange-skin twists. It all arrives in a signature white drawstring pouch emblazoned with the word “Icebergs”.
If you are, say, a Negroni connoisseur, you may only want to get one type of cocktail, and you can – individual cocktail pouches are $36, with enough for two drinks. There’s also an Aperol Spritz pouch of eight serves ($120), with 500-millilitres of Aperol, a bottle of prosecco, soda water, orange slices, olives and ice.
Terzini has also introduced a takeaway food menu. There’s the “Iceburger”, the restaurant’s hefty burger with fries, for $25; an almost-ready spaghetti ragu (you’ll need to cook the pasta); and vino. For Mother’s Day you can get a generous three-course meal for four, with roast chicken, cured meats, dessert, salad, potatoes, cheese and a gift of Leif Hand Balm for mum ($110). Add in a bunch of tulips for $60.
You can pick this all up from Icebergs’ sister eatery Cicciabella, which is also serving Porta Via per la Casa (or “take-home”) packs. Right now there’s one with ricotta, prosciutto, focaccia, hand-rolled strozzapreti with an osso buco ragu, and tiramisu (it’s $80 for two people). There are children’s pastas for $15, plus bread, wine and other grocery items. Also, chef Mitch Orr has made sauces and handmade pastas for you to simply heat up and eat at home.