Published on 11 November 2020
We love Martinis, and have devoted an entire section of our list to our signature Martini creations named The Femme Fatale. No selection of Martini twists would be complete without a play on the Dirty Martini. Ours, named Asa Akira, is a Japanese-inspired twist on the classic with a gin base and house-made melon brine (a waste ingredient from producing one of our other house-made ingredients) that delivers the salty and vegetal punch we have come to expect and love from a Dirty Martini. Complemented by a sake steeped briefly in puffed brown rice to round it all out and served with a side of pickled ginger, this drink is complex and super-moreish. An instant staff favourite.
Nick and Nora’s Spritz
Being a cocktail and Champagne bar replete with three outdoor terraces, it’s always Spritz o’clock at Nick and Nora’s. The Nick and Nora’s Spritz combines gin, Aperol, Suze and a house-made Champagne and watermelon cordial. Not only do the watermelon and Champagne take this deliciously refreshing beverage to the next level but there’s also the option to upgrade your bubbly, with three different sparkling wines to choose from. You can also make it a party by ordering by the carafe.
The Grasshopper is a polarising cocktail. When Kayla Reid, our bar manager, said she wanted a Grasshopper twist on the menu the reaction was exactly that: polarising. The finished result, however, is far from polarising, with Kayla’s spin already a stand-out favourite. Vodka, crème de menthe, white crème de cacao, green Chartreuse, amaretti, pandan and celery bitters are washed together with a milk and cream mixture which is then clarified, leaving a creamy, lactic palate-weight and mouthfeel without actually having milk or cream in the finished drink.
Nick and Nora’s, open Wed-Sat 5pm-1am, Sun 2pm-11am, 80 Collins St (enter via 11 Benson Walk, the arcade connecting Collins Street to Little Collins), Melbourne, (03) 8393 9367, nickandnoras.com.au, @nickandnorasmelbourne
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