We at ANZA believe there are few finer things in life than a good drink and great music, so we were thrilled to hear that two of our favourites were being brought together for a new concept menu at Tippling Club. Taking tunes from six decades, guests are invited to discover the ‘tracks of their years’ as they settle down at this sophisticated stalwart for a session of sensory sipping.
The new menu, dubbed A Guide to Modern Drinking Volume III — 6 Decades of Music is the brainchild of Arathorn Grey, the head bartender of Tippling Club and a big fan of – you’ve guessed it – music. He tells us it was his first passion, having learned saxaphone as a child and playing in his school’s marching band.
Grey took inspiration from songs from the 1940s to the 1990s to craft a complementary collection of 31 new cocktails. “Choosing the songs took a while,” he admits. “I wanted each drink to deliver something of the sound or emotion of the song, to provoke memories from a time in our lives, or even a blast from a time before us.”
Each cocktail pays homage to an artist and their music, features exciting and intriguing ingredients blended together with contemporary techniques, and comes presented with a twist. Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas” kicks off the 1940s – a sweet and creamy mix of Metaxa, Christmas mix, snowflake, cacao, and cream. In the blues-inspired 1950s section of the menu, “Greenbacks” by Ray Charles is presented as a stout whiskey, carthusian monk liquor,chardonnay and lime mix, not forgetting the mini-dollar note on the side, nodding to the lyric, “On a greenback, greenback dollar bill, just a little piece of paper, coated with chlorophyll…”
As you glide through the decades, numbers such as the 1960’s “Savoy Truffle” by The Beatles fill your cup with remi martin 1738, gin, amaretto, squash, vetiver and – of course – truffle. Simon and Garfunkel are honoured with “Scarborough Fair” and a serve that fuses Tequila, vermouth, peach, sage, rosemary and thyme. Come the 1970s, Fleetwood Mac are represented with “Gold Dust Woman”, a Champagne cocktail featuring a gold-plated ice block. Our smash hit however, is Madonna’s “Dear Jessie” from the 1980s. While not her most famous song, this cocktail was undeniably Queen Madge with bombay sapphire, plum, citrus, port, soda, and a special little decoration on top…
“Funky Monks” by Red Hot Chili Peppers delivers a peppy and punchy concoction of clairin haitian rum, habanero, lime, ginger, blackcurrant and soda. Thankfully, unlike most of the 1990s for us, this was memorable, sipped in moderation, and we can remember getting home afterwards …
Verdict: A Guide to Modern Drinking Volume III — 6 Decades of Music is a fun and unique menu with forward thinking drinks that transport you to the past. Enjoy it with a gaggle of friends, or if you’re feeling introverted, prop up the bar with headphones and download a playlist curated Tippling Club from the menu’s Spotify link to drink to as you go.
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