The Victoria Room in Darlinghurst has launched a new cocktail menu with drinks that are just what the doctor ordered.
Luke Hanzlicek, Bar Manager of the Victoria Room
Luke Hanzlicek, Bar Manager at the Victoria Room has created what is believed to be a world first – a range of cocktails that use Bach Flower Remedies, each selected on emotional states you experience in a bar.
Bach Flower Remedies
Dr Edward Bach, a renowned homeopath from the 1930s believed that people suffer from 38 negative emotions. He discovered that he could feel vibrations from certain flowers which counteract each of these negative emotions.
The remedies used in the cocktail are the genuine Dr Bach extracts. The plants are cooked to extract their essence which is then preserved in grape-based brandy. Each remedy comes in a small bottle with a dropper, and just as doctors previous prescribed bitters to cure ailments, the cocktail list targets a specific emotional state.
Feeling shy and timid, on a first date, blind date, or with a group of people you don’t know well? The Fresh 75 cocktail ($19) features the Bach Flower Remedy, mimulus. The drink is made with Hendricks Gin, Pavan Orange Blossom liqueur and lemon juice shaken with a slice of cucumber and topped with sparkling wine. Elegant and easy-drinking, it has light, floral characteristics, without being overly sweet or sour. The sparkling wine adds a touch of dryness and makes a good choice for a first drink.
Sea Change Cocktail
If you’re uncertain of your destiny and need help to choose life’s path, take the Sea Change Cocktail ($20) which uses the Bach Flower Remedy, wild oat. The drink is made with Hendricks Gin, shaken with TMD Quandong and Gentian liqueur, lemon juice and orgeat. It starts fresh with a hint of citrus, followed by sweetness and a slightly bitter finish from the liqueur.
If you’re homesick or living in the past, the Bach Flower Remedy, honeysuckle is featured in the Dita Fizz ($19), a cocktail specifically created for Dita Von Teese when she visited The Victoria Room earlier in the year. A mix of Cointreau, rose water, pink grapefruit juice and mint charged with soda water gives the drink a sweeter style with a little tartness from the grapefruit juice.
Absent-minded or a little dreamy? The First Lady ($19) offers clarity of mind, with the Bach Flower Remedy, clematis. A mix of Russian Standard Vodka shaken with Aperol, peach puree, lemon juice and housemade ginger and honey syrup yields a a good winter drink, sweet and fruity with a hint of bitterness that finishes with the warmth of ginger.
Procrastinating in life? Give the Peruvian Star ($20) a go and harness the Bach Flower Remedy, hornbeam which is said to have you flying high. A take on the Pisco Sour, the cocktail is made with Pisco, shaken with muddled fresh pears, homemade anise syrup, lime juice and a dash of egg white, garnished with a shooting star made of star anise and dry wattleseed. This delicious drink plays on winter flavours with the pears, star anise while the wattleseed adds a nutty finish.
The Victoria Room
The cocktail list launched two weeks ago and has proved to be very popular, not only with female drinkers for being light and approachable, but with men who have taken to the Sea Change and the Peruvian Star.
No matter what emotional state you experience in a bar, the remedy is close at hand. Just take the stairs up to the opulent Victoria Room and have what Dr Bach ordered.
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