Middle Eastern aromas and Mediterranean sunsets have arrived
A new summer cocktail list has dropped at ZA ZA TA. Market-fresh tipples showcase flavours and aromas of ancient Arabian spice routes, an ode to European coastal sunsets and vast Middle Eastern landscapes.
Steeped with rich flavours, the list is a curated collection of colonial-inspired rums and playful cocktails. Mixed, muddled and infused with spices originating from the famed markets of Tel Aviv and Jaffa, the cocktails are blended with fresh cold-pressed juices, market citrus fruits and Middle Eastern botanicals.
Fresh for summer, six new seasonal cocktails feature on the list, a highlight being the ‘Jungle Cat’ (main pic) – Espolon Blanco tequila mixed with mezcal, Campari, clarified pineapple harissa, citric acid, agave, dehydrated pineapple and fresh mint.
Developed by Jared Thibault, ZA ZA TA’s Food & Beverage Director, in collaboration with Braden Hargreaves, Bar Manager, guests will be taken on an exotic and abundant journey featuring recipes and ingredients distinct to ZA ZA TA.
Word of the Messiah
Jared says, “What makes us unique is the way in which we are connecting our drinks with Middle Eastern flavours using spices and local seasonal and indigenous Israeli foods. There’s a story behind each of our beverages and our bar team has been employing different and innovative bar techniques to help evolve and elevate our drinks offering for the new season. It’s a completely enjoyable journey for our guests”.
Summer also sees the launch of a new low ABV (alcohol by volume) menu with a strong focus on house-made infused shrubs decoratively displayed in jars on the back bar akin to pickled vegetables. On trend internationally, this new shrub-based cocktail section is unique to ZA ZA TA and a first for a Brisbane bar. On the list is the new ‘Shakshuka Sour’ – paprika-infused Aperol, cumin, tomato shrub with aquafaba.
G&Ts are a favourite with thirsty travellers and are prominent on the menu with the savoury offering, ‘G&T #2’ – Never Never triple juniper, Strangelove dirty tonic, rosemary, chilli-stuffed olive, mushroom umami salt, sage olive oil. The classic citrus sip more your vibe? ‘G&T #4’ – Whitley Neill Pink Grapefruit, Fever Tree aromatic tonic, grapefruit twist with kaffir lime – remains the most popular of ZA ZA TA’s G&Ts.
Since the bar’s opening in August 2019, ‘Za’s Meets Adom’ is quickly becoming a Valley must-have. A mix of goat feta-washed mezcal, beetroot juice, citric acid, honey–walnut syrup and black walnut bitters, this signature cocktail combines traditional Israeli ingredients usually served up on an afternoon grazing board. Or opt for a ‘Yafo’s Last Word’ – Tel Aviv oaked gin, M&H Israeli roots liqueur, Luxardo maraschino, fresh lime and peach bitters – a twist on a classic Last Word, using Israeli spirits inspired by the heritage and culture of the city of Yafo.
Forget the 18-hour flight, celebrate summer sips and centuries-old flavours with a spirited twist at ZA ZA TA.
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