Thursday, May 10, 2012

Farmer's Market @ Zeta

Last Friday evening Zeta launched its new themed night - Farmer's Market, where you get to pick your own ingredients to make a bespoke cocktail. 

"Shoppers" are invited to wander through the stalls with a grocery bag and the option to select a few seasonally fresh fruits or vegetables, plus a herb or spice before heading over to the "Farmer's Market counter"; where one of the "Grocers" will mix and shake the contents of your grocery bag with your choice of spirits into an unique and delicious cocktail. 

If you are not too sure where to start, perhaps a Farmer's Market Special such as Beetroot Mojito (fresh beetroot, 10 Cane rum, creme de mure & mint) or Nitro Milk Bottle (Vodka, Kahlua, milk plus liquid nitrogen) would interest your taste buds.

The Ono's
The fun part of the evening is of course watching your very own cocktail concoction being brought to life and then naming it. The bartenders were very friendly and helpful, they talked us through the making of our cocktails and answered all the questions we could possibly think of throwing at them.

Two of my favourite mixes on the night were the Ono's (lychee, raspberry, lime, apple juice, mint, basil, lychee liqueur and vodka), and my very own creation, Red Lady (strawberries, pomegranate, cranberry juice, coriander, citrus vodka, Cointreau and rosewater syrup). While most people stayed with the more common mix of fruits and herbs, one of my friends was brave enough to put tomato, ginger, onion, chilli and vodka together, the end result tasted like a weird version of Bloody Mary. Thumbs up for his bravery in trying out a wacky combination, but I think our taste buds ran the other way. Maybe he should've left out the onion.

The Farmer's Market experience is not complete without a bit of dirt and a worm or two, so keep an eye out for the edible pot plants, mini pots filled with edible "soil" and jelly "worms", they were tasty little treats.

Get your creative juices flowing, grab some friends and give putting together your own bespoke cocktails a try. Farmer's Market at Zeta will run every Friday night from 6pm till the end of June.

This event truly showcases the talents behind the bars at Zeta as cocktails are created on the fly, sometimes with rather challenging combination of ingredients.

Zeta Bar: Level 4, 488 George Street, Sydney, NSW 2000  Zeta Bar on Urbanspoon

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