Sure, Sydney we are a cocktail loving city after all, yet what about this new cocktail trend: the jam jar cocktails? Once upon a time, jam jars were only used for that purpose, and also as a spare jar to tip our coins into.
The iconic jam jar has become a revolution. At certain cocktail bars such as Red Lily in Darlinghurst; people who normally go for other types are getting vastly addicted to the jam jar cocktail variety. Interesting. At Red Lily, expect a fairly healthy twist with a insane (still maybe lower key) amount of alcohol. Jam jars now guarantee hangovers when drunken to excess, and of course depending on you and your body; however they come with some healthy stuff. Mint and lychee, and also lemons have made their way into such jam jar cocktails in Sydney.
About to get stung by a cool bee
Moving away from the harder hitting cocktails at Helm Bar this time around, some way was made for cocktails that don't burn your wallet or your palette as much: alas, the jam jar cocktails. Enjoy them with their fresh, hot pizzas (especially the peking duck...mmmm), and you're in jam jar cocktail heaven.
Then again, it's a Sydney bar trend.
Glad I got stung by a bee at Helm Bar recently. Although the sting wasn't as sharp as a bees, and with their Bee Sting cocktail, you might get stung in a pleasant way, depending on how much you have/want to drink. Of course, honey would be the main ingredient, and it is. Add honey, and did I say "sweet Jim Beam honey bourbon mixed with agave nectar?" Sweet sting? Oh yes. Apple juice, mint and lime also contribute to this more pleasant Bee Sting for $12 a pop. That's the jam jar.
Cool jam jar
Otherwise their Tom Collins jam jar cocktail (again $12 a pop) is lemony as. You might (actually you would) be forgiven for thinking (or being hypnotised) that you're drinking an old fashioned lemonade in a jam jar, and of course there's gin in the mix. Beautiful "jam" gin and tonic. At Vivid Sydney time, feel like a kid who has just purchased one of those traditional lemonades at a mobile stand, yet multiply that by 12.
There you have it Sydney, let's enjoy those jam jar cocktails. Feel free to share any other jam jar cocktails that are hot out there, and where they can be sought?
Thank you Tom Collins for the lemon jam jar concoction
Where: Red Lily Cocktail Bar and Helm Bar
Why: Jam Jar cocktails are an emerging cocktail trend in Sydney.
Cost: $12-20 per drink, depending on what type you order, and where you go.
When: Night time.
My first experience with the jam jar cocktail conundrum was at Crinitis Darling Harbour.
I ordered a "Johnny Sak" from the "Smashed and bashed" section of the drinks menu. It was made of fresh pineapple chunks with mint leaves, a piece of ginger & vanilla sugar, with a long pour of absolut citron & a dash of pineapple juice, stirred with crushed ice.
Well worth the $18, which is nowadays the average for a fancy-pants cocktail.
Surprisingly it lasted on my table for quite some time, with the ice chunks the perfect size for a hot Saturday night.