Spice Temple Melbourne’s new cocktail list

Written on 8th May 2012
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Imogen and her team behind the bar at Spice Temple Melbourne have put together a cracking new Cocktail Menu…is it our best yet? Hmmm…we think maybe…. 


As the Melbourne restaurant has developed its own identity, so has its cocktail list. This seasonally inspired list is all about clean, light flavours, beautiful balance, and Autumnal spirits.  A few highlights…

The Tiger- a twist on the classic Old Fashioned Cocktail, although not nearly as polarising as the original recipe of bourbon, bitters and sugar: this one is rich, gently sweet, with winter spices adding delicate acidity and balance (spiced rum, quince reduction & bitters)

The Snake  – another drink using Winter spices, this time combined with pineapple, Cachaça, white pepper & cloves- so, so tasty!

And last but not least, you’ve got to grab yourself a date, and share the new season’s Pig cocktail: a combination of nashi pear juice, Bison grass vodka & green tea, served in a carafe- so cleansing, cooling and light- perfect before, during or after your Autumn/Winter Spice Temple over indulgence!

 We’ve still got the big hitters on there too – the Rooster, the Horse and the Monkey will all still be just as you left them, and just as crazily flavoursome as ever!

 Cocktail Menu

Spice Temple’s cocktail program has been pieced together to provide our guests with a holistic modern Chinese experience. As we move through to cooler months, we look to warm your palate by using dark fragrant spices, aromatic herbs and sweetened teas. Each drink has been conceptualised to reflect a rich harmony between food and drink, balance and taste

Our cocktails are named after the 12 Zodiac signs of the Chinese calendar.

Cuban rum, rhubarb and star anise syrup, lime and basil

牛 Ox                                                                                                                                     
Australian gin, red capsicum, salted cucumber and lemon juice

虎 Tiger                                                                                                                                 
Spiced rum, quince reduction and bitters

兔 Rabbit                                                                                                                              
London dry gin, green apple, jasmine tea soda and salted cucumber

龍 Dragon                                                                                                                            
London dry gin, lemongrass soda, citrus with rose water

蛇 Snake                                                                                                                               
Cachaca, white pepper, cloves and pineapple

馬 Horse                                                                                                                               
Golden rum, pomegranate, molasses and lime juice

羊 Sheep                                                                                                                               
Blanco tequila, sesame, ginger, agave syrup and lime

猴 Monkey                                                                                                                           
Dutch vodka, house made spicy ginger beer and citrus

雞 Rooster                                                                                                                           
Aperol, limoncello and fresh passionfruit

狗 Dog                                                                                                                                   
Rye whiskey, fortified wine, five spice and orange bitters

豬 Pig                                                                                                                                     
Bison vodka, sake, nashi juice and green tea (carafe only) 

Congratulations on such an amazing selection to Imogen, Ethan, Kash, Drew & Trudy!

See you across the bar!