The temperature's dropping, heat up your drinks
So it’s that time of year again when the temperature falls and everyone in Melbourne acts like it has never been this cold, ever. Seriously, ever. It’s awful, it’s raining, it gets dark at 5pm. Everyone is under the weather and things are so terrible you can’t possibly see yourself through to the next spring. Thankfully, the bartenders of Melbourne are bringing out their hot drink A-game, guaranteed to pick you up, pep you up and warm you up at the same time.
Here are our top hot picks around town:
Hot Buttered Wine – It may look like a tonic being served to you in a tea cup and saucer, but a sensible cure, it is not. With Pedro Ximénez acting as a traditional wine base in the Hot Buttered Wine, with added depth from the 12yo Glendronach (aged in PX and sherry casks) this version of a Hot Buttered cocktail will put a few hairs on your chest. Melbourne.
Chocolate Gin Horchata – Gin Palace don’t believe in cutting corners. Not only are they making their own rice and almond milk for this alcoholic horchata, but they're soaking gin in cocoa nibs and vanilla for a week before adding brown sugar to create their own chocolate gin for this drink. It's served in 200mL bottles and they give you the option of having it hot or cold. No prizes for guessing how we prefer it. Melbourne.
Tom’s Hot Apple Strudel – it’s vegan, it’s textured and it tastes like a pastry. Tom has created this drink after his grandparents' dessert by steaming spiced rum, apple juice, soy milk, maple and cinnamon in a milk jug on a coffee machine. This one is definitely for the adults. Fitzroy.
Hot Butter Blazer – It’s brave to put a blazer on the menu of any busy bar because as soon as one goes out, you get an order for five more. Why's that? Because you need some serious skills to light a drink on fire and throw it between two vessels, and a little bit of theatre makes a lot of sales. GoGo’s version of the blazer sees 8yo rum and Montenegro rolled back and forth in a flame, flavoured with their house-made chai and white chocolate syrup and served with buttery shortbread. Melbourne.
Harvey Hinsley – For your own hand-held heart grenade, Bar Ampere have created their homage to the lead guitarist of Hot Chocolate with their boozed-up version of one. White chocolate ganache is combined with vanilla and pistachio liqueur alongside their housemade marshmallows dusted in more chocolate and mace. This drink may be tacky, but it just one-upped the rain. Melbourne.
Ginger Toddy – Known for their classics cocktails and not mucking about with perfection, the Everleigh bulk up the typical spiced Hot Toddy with ginger. Their version is sure to cure what ails you with a whack of Irish whiskey, fresh ginger, hot water, honey and lemon. Don’t scoff, just drink. Fitzroy.