Jules is about to take a course that will change his drinking habits when he makes the perfect blend and the right mix.
The cocktail has made an enormous comeback. Think of a fruit and an exotic liqueur, spirit or sparkling wine, multiply them, shake, muddle or blend, give it a fancy name and voila! A trendy drink.
If you lick your lips at the drinks descriptions on a cocktail menu, you can learn to make your own at home, maybe even come up with an original creation, at Cruise Restaurant & Bar.
Cruise is at the southern end of the Overseas Passenger Terminal, which enjoys views of Circular Quay, the Sydney Opera House and the skyline of the lower CBD. A split-level floor allows diners to soak in the views from every table.
Cruise Bar is light filled and very modern, with white terrazzo flooring and polyurethane floors with mirrored panelling. It has a dress-circle position, with an outdoor promenade at the southern end, all offset by the world’s largest light wall, conceived by British visual artist Jeremy Lord.
Posh Lounge is on the top level. The cocktail bar also has beautiful views and serves a huge range of original cocktails, as well as a superb variety of cognacs, single malt whiskeys and everything in between.
Loy Catada, Cruise bartender, absolutely loves making and creating cocktails, his favourite being an old favourite, the martini.
The latest cocktails contain ingredients such as popcorn schnapps, mango liqueur, pink grapefruit juice, vanilla spice rum, white chocolate sprinkles, guava, Drambuie cream, crushed honeycomb and toffee apple sticks. Every conceivable fruit is used and half the fun is in thinking up outrageous names for them.
Flirtini, Toffee Apple Martini, Cherry Ripe Martini, Tamillion Tiger, Killer Bee, Winter Warmer, Cool Waters are just a few. Trying to remember the ingredients is a true test.
Loy’s classes are fun. Over two hours, you learn how to handle the equipment, blend the ingredients and come up with your own creation. Canapés from the Cruise Restaurant kitchen are served during the class.