Bar Profile: The Parasol & Swing Company

22 March, 2018

In this series, we are interviewing the people behind our favourite cocktails about their special ingredients and their favourite city spots. The Parasol & Swing Company is located in the sweetest spot overlooking the Viaduct Harbour, with a drinks menu boasting delicious array of fusion creations.

The sun drenched two story high interior is as charming as it is inviting. The upbeat vibes of the bar are both impressive and energetic, making for a great night out. Using fresh and handmade ingredients, The Parasol and Swing Company produce some of the most considered cocktails in town. We sat down with barman Jason Rosen and got his thoughts on their menu, what Aucklanders are drinking and his own favourite city centre haunts.

Describe your favourite drink on the menu...

This is a very personal question... just kidding, I like them all but what I'm drinking on a given day is very mood dependent as we always try to have something for everyone.  One I always go back to is our buttered banana daiquiri.  It has a blend of three white rums and one rhum agricole that have been fat washed with butter. Then we sweeten it up with a spiced banana syrup and give it a little fresh lime juice for a punch of citrus.

What are the three most popular drinks available?

The three most popular drinks would be our ‘Crimson & Clover Club’, an earl grey tea infused gin and raspberry jam grenadine combination. Our ‘Nitro Martini’, an in house take on the espresso martini with a custom brew done for us by Kokako Roasters, and our ‘Improved Bali Hai’, a remix on a classic tiki drink with four rums, cognac, sherry, five tropical juices, with nuts and spices.

What is your favourite ingredient to use in cocktails these days?

Most of our drinks contain a mix of fruit and spices because we like to feel like you are on tropical getaway, even in the middle of the city...

What are your favourite parts of working in the city?

The diversity and appreciation of quality from our customer base has been a wonderful treat given how recently we opened.  We knew Aucklanders were pretty switched on, but we've been thrilled with how quickly people have taken to a lot of the strange ingredients (sandalwood, sesame oil, pandan, fermented pineapple, for example), and unique things we put on our menus and the support they've shown for a lot of the smaller, boutique brands we like to use.

Where else do you enjoy going out in the central city?

We've been going for snacks and sake at Tanuki’s and Ebisu for years, but after that, it's usually cocktails at Caretaker or a whisky at Coley & Punch.

Ebisu, Britomart

Where are your favourite coffee (or other hot drink spots) in the central city?

Anywhere serving Kokako coffee is usually our jam, they do our tap nitro and make custom blends for our cocktails so we can't get enough of them.

Where are your favourite spots to grab a bite to eat in the central city?

We're pretty big foodies who usually aim towards spots where we can share dishes, so places like Cassia, Culprit, Depot, and Baduzzi are right up our alley.

Culprit, Wyndham Street