Things are subtly changing in the Margaret River region. While wine is still the tipple for which we’re best known, there’s a quiet revolution taking place with beer and cider, and now spirits and cocktails as well.
Images by The Grove and Tim Campbell.
The Grove Experience Distillery on Metricup Road, in Wilyabrup is a great place to start a cocktail adventure.
Taste a variety of spirits and liqueurs distilled and made on the premises or just go straight to the cocktail menu.
Think whiskey, gin, vodka, American Style Spirit (they’re not allowed to call it Bourbon), Absinthe and Grappola. The Grove’s liqueur range includes white chocolate, coconut, limoncello, Turkish delight, macadamia nut, coffee, butterscotch or chai – so many cocktail possibilities.
The Grove’s Val Hughes provided us with her cocktail picks.
THE GROVE GIN STING (pictured above)
- 30ml The Grove Gin (awarded Gold at the Melbourne International Spirit Competition in August)
- 30ml The Grove White Chocolate Liqueur
- 15ml The Grove Macadamia Liqueur
- 5ml The Grove Chilli Vodka
- Pure Local Honey
Paint a ring of natural honey inside your martini glass (The Grove uses honey from a local beekeeper)
Shake remaining ingredients with ice.
Pour and enjoy.
CARIBBEAN BREEZE (pictured above)
- 10ml The Grove Spiced Rum (winner of Double Gold and Best in Show at the World International Spirits Competition in San Francisco earlier this year)
- 15ml The Grove Coconut Liqueur
- 5ml The Grove Apple Schnapps
- 120ml Pineapple juice
Rim your glass with coconut.
Shake all ingredients with ice.
Pour and Enjoy.
Artezen in Dunsborough is an institution for delicious breakfasts and lunches but not so well known is its fully-licensed bar, introduced in June last year along with a variety of dinner tapas and specials with matched drinks.
They’re serious about their cocktails too.
Bar Manager Liv Fast-Chambers knows her spirits and has crafted an exciting and eclectic cocktail menu based on the Prohibition era speakeasies. Liv has researched and recreated the cocktails of choice for 1920s gangsters and flappers.
What we love is the stories that accompany the drinks – Mary Pickford, Bee’s Knees, French 75 and the Corpse Reviver – not your usual suspects! Liv is a trained chef so she understands what works together on the palette. She believes it’s not about the umbrellas, it’s about the flavours.
Her cocktail recommendation? Aviation. It has a unique taste thanks to the feature spirit – Crème de Violette. It looks beautiful with an ombré of light violet through to translucent white. Mixed with gin and lemon, it’s fast becoming a favourite amongst Artezen regulars.
- 60ml Gin
- 30ml Lemon Juice
- 5 ml Sugar Syrup
Shake and Double Strain
Serve in Martini glass with 10ml
Creme de Violette Liqueur
Old favourites like mojito, frozen daiquiris, negronis, margherita and of course the espresso martini are also on the menu. Tell Liv what spirits you like and she will do the rest. For the blokes, she’s even working on a Mexican beer cocktail, the Michelada.
Artezen owners Ryan and Caroline have plenty happening for summer including a new burger menu and expanding their popular $20 is Plenty offer to Fridays.
Thirsty for more?!
Wine bars, beach pubs, fish pubs, tap houses, pour houses, corner bars, taverns or just good old Aussie pubs, we’ve got them all in Your Margaret River Region!