The best drinks according to this Auckland drinks expert

by Paperboy / 13 April, 2017

Mike Howe, owner of Grey Lynn wine bar Freida Margolis, shares his favourite wines, cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages with Paperboy.

What’s your go-to after-work drink of late?

Freida’s is a chardonnay-friendly outfit. I cannot go past a glass of Odyssey Iliad Chardonnay. This stuff is ruddy elegant – a hint of cream on the palate without being overbearing. For every two glasses of sauvignon blanc, we sell about 20 glasses of chardonnay – Marlborough take note, Grey Lynn is speaking!

What’s your guilty pleasure drink of choice?

That’s easy. The Plantation Rum 20th Anniversary rum – aged for 10 years in Barbados, and then shipped off to be aged for two years in cognac barrels in France. This is what I both treat myself to and also foist on stuck-in-the-mud, single-malt whisky drinkers. Think oak spices with caramel.

What does this weather put you in the mood for? 

A Freida Smash – juice a couple of Granny Smith apples, mix with 90 millilitres of Skyy American vodka over crushed ice and you have a jug of late summer right there.

If you had half an hour to spend making one cocktail, what would it be?  

I would love to while away an hour making the utterly, utterly perfect espresso martini. This is the white tie and tails of the cocktail list. We are talking a finished product that is so good to look at you don’t want to drink it…then that creamy, chocolatey liquid balm hits you and you start to giggle. One is not enough, two is just right, three is too many.

A favourite non-alcoholic alternative...

Take 30 millilitres of Monin pomegranate syrup, add a dash of grapefruit juice, top with sparkling water and serve in a crystal wine glass. You remain sophisticated while retaining your composure.

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