Yes it's brown and yes it's home to small sharks, and yes it floods and causes chaotic damage, but it's still a bit of nature running through the city.
And it's all we've got, so let's roll with it. What better way to while away a few hours than by having cocktails by the water?
We rocked up to Pony Dining on Eagle St Pier just as the heavens were about to open and add a few more drops of water to said river after a stinking hot day.
Pony Dining has a great cocktail list, organised by Signature Cocktails, Summer Highballs, Classics, Cocktail Jugs and Mocktails.
Of these options, the Summer Highballs offer the most interesting concoction mixes such as:
- The Pillar of Autumn: Melon infused Tanqueray Gin, Coriander, Cayenne Pepper and Fresh Lemon
- Honeydew Melon and Rosemary: Ketel One Vodka, Midori Rosemary, Fresh Melon, Citrus
- The Don Juan: Don Julio Blanco, Burnt Orange, Grapefruit and La Gioiosa Prosecco
We opted for these refreshments:
- Bulleit Royal: Bourbon, Orange and Fresh Lime with a Tawny Port Float
- Espresso Martini: Pony's own secret recipe
My Bulleit Royal did come with lemon rather than lime but citrus switch aside, it was both refreshing and cozy which was exactly what I needed in this weather. The bourbon was a bit light on, but the port float added an interesting kick.
The espresso martini is made on rum, and really was one of the best around. It was well rounded and just a really, really nice drink.
- French Peacock: Pavan Liqueur, Tanqueray Gin, Orange Juice, Apple Juice, Orange Bitters, Lime, Fruit, Gomme
For anyone wondering (like we were), Gomme is a kind of sugar syrup.
Again, this was a really refreshing cocktail and we definitely got a bit more bang for our buck by splitting a jug. All of the fruit went really well with the grape flavour of the Pavan Liqueur.
Website: Pony Dining