While I’m deep into my winter of whisky, I’m also partial to a good gin and tonic.
Meaning I was excited to hear that upstairs in The Lounge bar, inspired by Spain’s dedicated tonicas (gin and tonic bars)...
...award-winning mixologist Jeremy Shipley has scoured the globe for fourteen local and international gins to produce a specialist list.
I started with The Botanist ($13) – a serious Scottish gin with twenty-two native botanicals, served up simply with New Zealand’s Quina-Fina (low sugar) tonic and mint.
After dabbling in Spain with Gin Mare ($12), I found my sweet spot with Hayman’s Old Tom ($10) - it positively sings against red capsicum.
While these gins deserve to respected with simplicity, you will also find gin cocktails like Hotel Georgia ($16), dressing up the Plymouth Gin house pour with lemon juice, almond syrup, orange blossom water, egg whites and nutmeg.
Throw in clever snacks like Mini Cuban Sliders ($8) with New York pastrami and beet relish, and Cheddar & Jalapeno Croquetas ($15)...
...or eat a full meal of some of the best thin-crust pizzas I’ve seen in a pub, and you have the fixings for a brilliant night out.
My hit pizzas are the vegetarian Mushrooms, Pumpkin, Zucchini, Treviso ($18) and...
...the Pork and Fennel Sausage with Artichoke and Mint ($18).
*This was my PUB OF THE WEEK segment on 2GB 873 Fresh! with Luke Grant & Luke Mangan
on Sunday 15th June, 2014: http://www.2gb.com/article/fresh-sunday-june-15
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