Bellini: a cocktail containing a mixture of Prosecco sparkling wine and peach puree or nectar, first originating from Venice, Italy in 1948.
What better way to farewell the end of the peach season than with a classic cocktail?
Bellini bar is situated in the Hilton Hotel at Princes Wharf, and you know you’ll get nothing but the best with its association with such a prestigious corporation. I had already been here once upon a time for an indulgent cocktail before heading upstairs for dinner at FISH, and was all aflutter at the elegance of the decor and service. This visit elicited yet another “Wow!” from me when I entered and saw their new look. Equally as impressive as before, Bellini bar has reinvented itself into a more open feel with a brighter contemporary look to enhance the stunning views of the harbour.
I was invited here by Zomato to experience a Premium Mixology Masterclass with leading Mixologist Arthur Sylos and the team at Bellini, complemented with their Twisted High Tea. High tea at night did feel a little odd- I saw photos from the other hosting of this event and was drooling at the deep fried goodness they received which seemed to be a better match with drinks at night. However, their Twisted High Tea is normally for the afternoon so it wouldn’t be fair if we all started gushing about food that wouldn’t be featured in the usual menu.
P.S. Can I add steady photos were super difficult that night as I am the ultimate definition of a lightweight drinker and was already feeling rather tipsy after the sipping through the Bellini cocktail we were welcomed with… Cue the Asian flush.
They have several choices of high tea starting from $39 per person, all being complemented with a selection of savoury and sweet options. Apologies for the basic names to follow as I’m not sure of the full description of what we nibbled on that night, but we got to indulge in three cakes: chocolate, cheesecake, apricot; and three sandwiches: salmon, ham, and an egg salad.
Onto the cocktails: we were given the ultimate masterclass by Jonas, the one of the mixologists at Bellini Bar (Google search tells me that a mixologist is a modern term for one who studies and refines techniques of drinks, and creates innovative cocktails). He was so passionate and informative, and ensured we were entertained and enlightened about the art of drinking throughout the night.
First on the menu was Hot Chocolate Martini.
Deep and chocolate-y with a spicy chili kick to it, and rimmed with hersheys chocolate syrup and chocolate shavings. This is your grown up version of a hot chocolate with a different kind of burn (due to chilli and alcohol, rather than temperature) going down your throat.
The second cocktail we sampled was Thyme of Your Life.
Quite refreshing with the addition of lychees, cuccumbers and elderflower and our very own local Blue Duck Vodka and Black Robin Gin made in New Zealand. I first encountered these spirits at Cocktail Club at The Glass Goose and was very drawn to it- it is quite mellow and refined so it goes great with delicate flavours.
The last cocktail we tried was Apple & Cinnamon Sour.
I tend to prefer these types of fresh and fruity flavours when I have a cocktail and this was a perfect balance of sweet and sour with a warm, musky spice from the cinnamon. You get nothing less than the best here!
This was wonderful night at Bellini Bar and it stands in a world of its own as you would expect. It’s the perfect venue for those special occasions so grab a group of friends and make a night out of it. If you get too sloshed from their delicious concoctions, fear not, the Hilton Hotel awaits ;)
Bellini Bar | Hilton Hotel, Princes Wharf, 147 Quay Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland