MELBOURNE September 2018 –
Your favourite Friday night cocktail is being served as an edible jelly in the heart of Melbourne CBD. In partnership with Vogue Fashion Night Out and to celebrate the start of spring racing, Sofitel Melbourne on Collins have created a tasting plate of gin and tonic jellies.
The Think Pink Gin Rocks ($30) cocktail plate features three distinct flavours—Lemon and Rosemary, Butterfly Pea Tea and Lavender, and Fruit Rogue Tea, all infused with Gordon’s Premium Pink Gin. The selection is served on a tasting plate with a wedge of white chocolate for sweetness.
“It was a pretty long process to create,” the head mixologist at The Atrium explains as he uses needle-thin cutlery to plate the Think Pink Gin Rocks. “There are two things gelatine doesn’t like—alcohol and tea.”
“I reckon we went through at least 17 batches of jelly.”
The effort has clearly paid off. The cocktail dish mimics a fashion runway, with bright pastels, iridescent shading and a mesmerising wobble.
Stubborn gelatine and jelly aside, The Atrium is offering two additional refreshingly light, spring-themed cocktails ideal for the post-racing palette.
Ketel One Citreon, lemon, egg white, Lillet Blanc and tangerine pearls come together to form The Atrium’s Extra cocktail ($25) —a bright, citrusy drink that anyone will find easy to enjoy. It’s topped with paper-thin white chocolate and freeze dried mandarin.
Off Duty ($28) will get your weekend started properly, with a combination of Gordon’s Pink Gin, lemon juice, soda and a fruit rogue gin rock. It’s garnished with a freeze dried raspberry rim and white chocolate.
In keeping with the spring racing fashion theme, Sofitel will continue to offer Dior-inspired cocktails including The Parfum ($35), served in a glass perfume-shaped ice glass. Inspired by Christian Dior’s first perfume, the cocktail contains Remy Martin VSOP, Tanqueray Gin, earl grey syrup, dashes of Pernod and grapefruit bitters.
The 18th Century ($29) is a nod to how French history coloured much of Dior’s design. Kettle One Vodka, Crème de Cassis, Crème de Mure and lime juice with a white chocolate and pineapple foam is garnished with Persian saffron fairy floss.
Pair your drinks with your favourite bar nibbles including a range of French and Australian cheeses, cured meat platter or Tasmania smoked salmon. For dessert there’s a Tonka bean crème brulee served with pistachio shortbread and seasonal berries or a chocolate and salted caramel tart.
All cocktails are available at Level 35, The Atrium at Sofitel Melbourne on Collins from Friday 7 September. Speciality cocktails are available from Friday to Sunday, 5pm until late, until 10 November.
To book, call: 03 9653 7744 or email H1902 @sofitel.com. The package is not available to book online.
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