Zeta is a wonderful cocktail bar in the Sydney Hilton, and over the last few years I’ve had some bloody good cocktail experiences there, even if I couldn’t always get past the bouncers and into the lifts.
In fact, some of my most memorable cocktails have been Zeta creations:
• an excellent Charlie Chaplin served in an antique silver goblet;
• a perfect, huge sphere of ice chilling down smooth Japanese plum wine;
• a caramelised pineapple martini where my fruit had been grilled until smoky, moments before it was served up.
To name a few.
But this time my name was on the list and, after being asked for ID (wow! even at my age), I was in!
The bar was alive, crammed with people and buzzing on the Beach Chic theme. The second we stepped out of the lifts waiters greeted us with our first tasty treat.
|Deconstructed Raspberry Mule (jelly & fizzy sherbet)|
The bar shovelled in tonnes of sand, hired models to strut around near-to-naked and projected images reminiscent of Beach Blanket Bingo on the walls.
|The crowd starts to arrive|
No less than 10 alcoholic beauties were offered up for consumption. I drank up every drop, and felt very queasy in the AM.
But it was worth it.
|An original Bellini (peach) with Peach Air - DIVINE!|
|Five types of alcoholic sorbets - I tried them all!|
|Piña Colada Sorbet|
|Belvedere & Tonic sorbet|
|Tuna with wasabi mayonnaise & cress on cucumber|
|Seaside Summer Punch in a bucket! made from Belvedere Pink Grapefruit, cranberry juice, elderflower cordial & lychee|
|Apples soaked in cider until infused then dipped in toffee|
|Dehydrated Chandon ground into sugar and spun into Fairy Floss|
|Pink Grapefruit & Ginger Cosmopolitan|
|Roast beef salad with mixed peppers & rum salsa|
|Raspberry Mule (so intensely raspberry! no skimping on the berries here!)|
|Fresh Lemonade with Belvedere - DIVINE!|
|the Wimbledon Martini (strawberries & cream) was a perfect dessert cocktail|
|the Zeta Espresso|
A great night.