Spring has certainly sprung in Auckland city centre and this means we can finally enjoy a drink outside in the sun. The season calls for elegant, simple, fruity cocktails and there is no shortage of exciting bars to explore which are eager to offer up their newly concocted drinks, perfect to set you on course to warmer weather. Here are our must-trys.
Tiki-Birds of Paradise, $20, Parasol & Swing | 7/204 Quay St
This Tiki-inspired twist on the contemporary classic Birds of Paradise combines butter washed Vodka, cognac, genepi, sherry, cranberry and passionfruit to create an unexpected flavour combination. The drink is topped with an orange and pickled cranberry hat and served in a suitably unique Tiki vessel. Step out onto the Parasol & Swing balcony and take in Auckland's beautiful waterfront as you sip away at this delicious creation.
Ping Shi, $18, XuXu Dumpling Bar | Crn of Galway St & Commerce St
Besides serving delicious dumplings, XuXu’s also creates some of the city’s most unique cocktails. The Ping Shi is Xuxu’s take on a margarita, inspired by fresh seasonal fruits. This tequila cocktail incorporates brandy, orange liquor, cranberry, apple and mint. A perfect drink for lovers of tequila, this drink is served in an authentic bamboo cup for those photo ready moments.
Akira, $20, Fukuko | 43 Tyler St
Fukuko serves up classic cocktails with a sweet modern twist. Stop by this spring and try their Akira cocktail, an orange infused drink with Yuzu sake, incorporating seasonal lemon juice, calpico syrup, mint and freeze dried orange. This immensely refreshing drink is the perfect option to wind down a week’s work.
The Golden Sour, $18, Huami Bar | 87 Federal St
Huami’s premier whiskey sour is an elegant display of cocktail mastery. Constructed with Huami’s fat-washed sesame whiskey and Peychaud's Bitters, it’s then balanced with a dash of lemon and a sprinkle of 5 spice, finished off with a dusting of golden sesame flakes. This cocktail is an excellent introduction to whiskey and is the perfect go-to for whiskey lovers.
Neo Tokyo Punch, $40, Talulah | 120 Quay St
The Neo Tokyo Punch is a fun and fuss-free drink to be shared amongst four. Whisking up a blend of smooth Sake, Yuzu, lemon, coconut, vanilla, sherbet and a mystery foam, this spring special will transport you to a tropical paradise.
Pineaperol Spritz, $18 | The Good Luck Coconut, 39 Jellicoe St
Combining two cult favourite flavours of Pina Colada and Aperol, Goodluck Coconut have birthed the Pineaperal Spritz. Infusing notes of hibiscus, de kuyper pineapple and prosecco soda, the cocktail’s fruity features will brighten your evening experience.
Black Fern, $20, The Sugar Club | 72 Victoria St W
To show their support for the boys over in Japan, The Sugar Club are blacking out their latest native cocktail, the Black Fern. The latest creation is made by senior bartender, Pete and incorporates flavours of Tanqueray gin, harakeke cordial, lemon and apricot.