Bar Menu Gets A Shake – No stirring
Move over beer and wine, cocktails are nudging in at Hampton RSL. It’s summer time, the perfect time to introduce two of Melbourne’s favourite cocktails to the drinks menu. We’re all for a bit of a shake, but definitely not a stir.
Contemporary and sophisticated, cocktails would never be so uncouth as to try and take over the drinks menu at Hampton RSL, but gently ease into the bar and claim their place. Beware though; there is a kick in that velvet stream of refreshment.
APEROL SPRITZ – $10
The feel-good hit for summer is the APEROL SPRITZ. This simple Italian cocktail is THE perfect drink for summer. Aperol is an Italian aperitif, similar to Campari, but sweeter in taste. It is relatively low alcohol content (11%) so perfect for warm, summer afternoons. How do we not stir? Well, the Aperol, Prosecco and soda are mixed before adding the ice.
The orange is unmistakable – a vibrant colour that lights up your glass and adds joy to the moment. The inner light-hearted spirit of the Aperol Spritz brings everything else to the tastebuds: the spirit that makes people spontaneously come together and enjoy each other’s company.
ESPRESSO MARTINI – $12
Sophisticated, edgy and unexpectedly strong.
Garnished with a few coffee beans, the espresso martini is a sophisticated little devil – it’s dressed to kill and could land you in a bit of trouble.
The Espresso Martini is a sumptuous mix of vodka, coffee liquor and espresso that gets people tingling with excitement at its mere mention. It’s rich, indulgent and creamy, and the shot of espresso will make sure you keep up with the pack if you find yourself lagging.
As a drink it’s deliciously confusing – coffee and vodka simply shouldn’t be allowed to taste this good together, but they do. The liqueur has a wicked sweetness while the coffee gives it a rich depth; whilst the vodka delivers that necessary kick that lets you know you’re doing something … all finished off with the thick, luxurious, creamy froth that sits at the top of the glass.