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Five Cocktails to Drink in Pyrmont This Summer

This summer will have you drinking all the seasonal favourites — Aperol spritzes, negronis and, yes, frosé.
By Prudence McKendry
January 16, 2018
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Five Cocktails to Drink in Pyrmont This Summer

This summer will have you drinking all the seasonal favourites — Aperol spritzes, negronis and, yes, frosé.
By Prudence McKendry
January 16, 2018
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Pyrmont has well and truly shaken off its rough and industrial past. Backbreaking quarries dubbed Purgatory and Hells Hole have been replaced with award-winning restaurants and glitzy bars. It's central, buzzing and diverse. Come for the view, stay for the party.

You'll find a cocktail for every taste and every weekend. Settle in for an alfresco afternoon at Pizzaperta or a sunset sojourn at Peacock Lounge at Sky Terrace. The nightlife scene is well and truly swinging into the wee hours. After all, why limit happy to an hour? We give you some top-notch cocktails to try in Pyrmont before summer slips away.

APEROL SPRITZ AT PIZZAPERTA

As the name suggests, Pizzaperta is all about the humble wood-fired pizza. This summer, though, the team is adding a zesty twist to their artisanal menu. Serving up a summer aperitif favourite, the pizza purveyors are slinging Aperol spritz for just $12. Fruity, bitter and bubbly all at the same time — pair one of these beauties with some $5 Italian nibbles off the summer snacks menu and you'll feel like you've landed somewhere along a Venetian canal by way of Pyrmont.

THE PARFUM AT SOKYO LOUNGE

Pantone declared Ultra Violet as the colour of 2018, and award-winning Japanese restaurant and lounge Sokyo remains ahead of the curve. The team dreamt up a violet-toned martini dubbed The Parfum long before Pantone made the call. It's one of the prettiest cocktails around town, served in a glass goblet and garnished with edible flowers. With a gin base, Saint Germaine elderflower liqueur, Massanez crème de violette and lemon juice, The Parfum is a beautiful and delectable sip, served alongside the kingfish wings with shichimi butter, available this summer only

SYDNEY SIDE AT BLACK BAR

What does Sydney taste like? Zesty, spicy and sweet with a kick according to Black Bar. They've released a cocktail just for summer called the Sydney Side. Lemongrass-infused vodka, elderflower cordial, fresh lime juice and homemade secret ingredient velvet falernum cordial combine to superb effect. With each sip, see if you can guess the surprising flavours used to blend velvet falernum — a Barbados bar scene staple. Here's a hint: a spice, a herb, a root and a nut walk into a bar. The refreshing drink is served with a twist of lime and matches well with their mojama on squid ink crackers with smoked creme fraiche, oysters and other seafood. Enjoy over lunch from 12–3pm on Friday to Sunday or from 5.30pm every day except Monday.

NEGRONI AT BALLA APERITIVI BAR

Were you left at home in the cold while all your friends galavanted around Italian summer this year? Well, Balla Aperitivi Bar offers a pretty tasty consolation prize in the form of a well-balanced negroni, served alongside wood-fired calamari skewers. The walk-in bar is part of the award-winning Balla, so you know you'll be met with quality. Available until the end of January, the cocktail and nibbles special is one to keep in mind for when you're on the hunt for a feed before seeing a show at Sydney Lyric.

FROSÉ AT PEACOCK LOUNGE ON SKY TERRACE

Sydney's seasonal rooftop bar Peacock Lounge has returned to Sky Terrace for the summer and is pouring a new summer favourite that joined the likes of the spritz and G&T last year: frosé. It's set to be another scorcher this summer, so stay cool with an icy rosé cocktail. The frosty drink is available for just a crisp tenner during happy hour from 5 to 7pm every Friday. We recommend getting there early to nab the best seat in the house overlooking the water and the eventual sunset.

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See everything that's going on at The Star this summer here.

Hungry? Hit these Pyrmont spots for some summer eats.

Published on January 16, 2018 by Prudence McKendry

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