Friday, 4 March 2011
You've heard of Dry July and Feb Fast, now there's Parched March...but don't worry, it doesn't mean you need to spend yet another month of the year abstaining from your favourite alcoholic beverages - this one actually encourages you to actively get out there and celebrate Sydney's vibrant drink culture...in moderation of course!
Started by SMH S section writer Amy Cooper and egged on by drinks writer extraordinare Simon McGoram, the pair created the annual event, in part, to buck the trend for an all-or-nothing approach to drinking, and instead to promote a charitable aspect - and the industry- at the same time.
During the month of March, while you can sponsor teams (or create your own) to hit 30 bars in 30 days, the easiest way to support the cause is to head along to any participating bar, order the specially-created Parched March cocktail, and drink up. This year, proceeds from these bespoke bevvies Sydney Dogs & Cats Home and the Animal Welfare League of Queensland - helping displaced and abused animals.
Parched March cohort Simon McGoram shared some of his picks with us on where to head if you feel like helping the cause. It's thirsty work, after all.
Eau De Vie - Bloomsbury Bitter $19
A frosty mix of Tanqueray No. TEN, amaro, honey, white grapefruit & spiced Lager syrup, topped with soda. A brand-spanking new addition to Eau de Vie's already killer cocktail list, bartender Luke Redington wone the World Class Best Seasonal Cocktail Competition this year with this baby, so you know it's good.
229 Darlinghurst Road
0422 263 226
The Rum Dairies - Twist(er) on The Hurricane
The Rum Diaries' own take on iconic New Orleans-born drink, created during a time when you took your recipes to the grave. This version is a mix of Appleton vx & Coruba rums, grenadine, flamed passion fruit, lime, pineapple & orange juices.
288 Bondi Road
02 9300 0440
Grandma's Bar - Mug'o'Punch
Self-described 'retrosexual' bar, this kitch wonderland abounds in crotched rugs, needles (of the knitting kind) and a charmingly warm atmosphere. Tucked away in the basement of 275 Clarence Street in the city, like that blanky your nan made you, once you find it, it's always treasured.
Grandma's is offering a cute enamelled mug of their house-made punch (rotating daily) as their Parched March offering. If all that booze gets your tummy grumbling, the kitchen also makes a mean jaffle to cure what ails you.
Basement 275 Clarence Street,
02 9264 3004
A full list of participating bars can be found here.