They’re the candy men of cock­tail craft, leav­ing no clas­sic with­out a remix

Time Out (Sydney) - - BAR AWARDS -

YOU’RE GO­ING TO won­der who dropped a slice of ba­nanana bread into your Ne­groni. The trick? They sous vide ba­nanana bread with the spir­its plus cof­fee beans and tonka bean for five hours. Chill, strain, freeze and strain again, and thee magic is done. Plus, they serve it in a ba­nana mug so that it feels like a day­break drink, even if it’s 7pm on a Wed­nes­day. And that’s just a taste of the weird flavour sci­ence that goes on be­hind the bar at PS40. There is no bar in Syd­ney em­brac­ing the mad craft of cock­tail ex­per­i­men­ta­tion as whole­heart­edly as the team at PS40. They’ll take your milk punch and raise it with a King’s Cup of left­over spir­its in­fused with hon­ey­comb, poppy seeds, car­away, grape­fruit, man­darin and whey. They then clar­ify it and serve it with a scoop of left­over banh mi bread ice cream – it’s called a Trash­can Milk Punch. In the Bay City Rollers, there’s a feisty bat­tle be­tween the sweet­ness of the shrub and the pun­gent her­bal force of the fresh dill and ver­mouth – it’s a wild ride. And the Schvitz is def­i­nitely go­ing to cool you down after a sweaty day, but it also re­fuses to fol­low the rules off a sum­mer­time smasher, with a salty olive kick, an as­trin­gent qual­ity from the Rondo Aper­i­tif, and du­elling wines in thee form of sauvi­gnon blanc and ver­mouth. Your taste­buds will be in­trigued. It’s also worth not­ing that there are few places in Syd­ney cater­ing so well to tem­per­ance types than PS40. They have an in-house soda op­er­a­tion that means your op­tions are far broader than Coke and Sprite, and if you just like an un­com­pli­cated drink you can also spike their so­das, turn­ing your smoked le­mon­ade, wat­tle cola and black­strap gin­ger from soft drinks to hard ones. Syd­ney has a lot of ex­cel­lent cock­tail bars, not lim­ited to the nine other nom­i­nee for this award, but when even your lo­cal pub canann mix an ac­cept­able Ne­groni, we need bars like PS40 to keep push­ing the en­ve­lope. 2/ 40 King St, Syd­ney 2000. Mon-Thu 4pm-mid­night; Fri, Sat 4pm-2am.

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