Ginuary 19th: Sloe & Sour @ Teatro Southbank.

What a day I’ve had! I could have gotten away with using what I spent the majority of my day doing as my gin of the day, but I think I’ll save it for the finished product. I’ll probably post the work in progress to Instagram, though…

On with today’s gin!

I did have to squeeze in a gin cocktail at some point today, if only to enable my new friend Amy to reacquaint herself with gin. We were off to see a music gig and just managed to score an hour up our sleeves to find something near to Hamer Hall in Melbourne to fill our bellies and wash it down. 

I am likely a pretentious jerk at times when it comes to food, and I’ll admit that the riverside Southbank restaurants in Melbourne wouldn’t be my go-to, but they were close and we were hungry on a timeframe. Teatro was a pleasant surprise. Amy and I split a pizza between us (it was fresh, with beautiful melted cheese and a chewy, woodfire-bubbled crust) and grabbed a gin-based cocktail each from the list. 

My Sloe & Sour was Plymouth sloe gin, chambord raspberry liqueur, peach (chunks, evidently), lemon and pineapple juice. The description mentioned that “this is a great cocktail even if you’re not a gin lover” which I mean, of course, it’s sloe gin. It’s essentially gin with a heap of berries and sugar added, and everyone loves sugar. The combination of chambord and pineapple juice even turned a little blackcurranty on the tongue, which was interesting!

Teatro saved me from having to venture out after the gig in search of a drink (I was willing but anticipating exhaustion). Of course, I could have still done that (and even used it for the 20th once the clock struck past midnight!), but with a 6am flight the next morning looming, I opted for traipsing back to my pal’s place, reorganising my bags and having a little nap before the morning alarm. 

See you next time, Melbourne! Miss you already. That was way too quick.