I had the pleasure of attending the launch of the fabulous Zeta Bar Grocers at the new Farmer’s Market on Fridays at Zeta www.zetabar.com.au. It’s a great initiative where customers can make a cocktail made on the fly using seasonal, market fresh ingredients of their choice.
It is such a great idea, and I dove in head first as I meandered around the ‘market’ and built my own Farmer’s Mix. What is this I hear you cry, well I’ll fill you in. You’re invited to handpick seasonally fresh fruit, herbs and spices from the stalls. Once you’ve selected what you’d like included in your cocktail, you’re then invited to proceed to the Farmer’s Market counter with your shopping basket of produce and select a base spirit with a Zeta Cocktail Grocer, who will hand craft a bespoke cocktail using your specific ingredients.
The fun bit is choosing the cocktail name and your drink and recipe will be recorded in your own receipt and photograph of your new creation. I chose strawberries and pomegranate with a vodka base, I came up with the ingenious name of ‘Pomme’ Berry due to my British roots.
You can also opt for a Zeta Farmer’s Special, where your Zeta Grocer will talk you through a hand crafted cocktail, using ingredients picked fresh from the market. A DIY Bloody Mary Stall lets you choose your own fusion of fresh tomatoes, herbs and spices for a custom-made version of the cocktail classic.
Zeta Cocktail Grocer Waiters will wander through the Farmer’s Market with edible soil and edible jelly worms served in mini flower pots, which are a delight! and you must listen out for daily specials over the public address system!
The inventive Farmer’s Market concept is the brainchild of Grant Collins; Zeta Bar’s international bar consultant and mixologist and will showcase the very best of Zeta`s Mixologists, as they mix cocktails personalised for guests amongst an authentic array of Farmer’s Market stalls and fresh produce in Zeta.
Grant Collins said, “Zeta Bar is renowned for bringing the most prominent global bar trends to Australia and pioneering innovative cocktail concepts. The Farmer’s Market at Zeta is a quirky and interactive way to showcase the talent of our mixologists and highlight the extent of fresh, seasonal ingredients that we use in our cocktails. It is also a great chance to educate our guests on the creative construction and balancing of cocktails.
“To give a flavour of what’s in store, the Farmer’s Market spice tray will offer a huge choice, including cardamom, curry leaf, chilli and cumin, whilst the herb garden will have classic cocktail ingredients such as fresh mint, with lavender, fennel and tyme. There will be an extensive liquor and spirit range as well as some interesting infusions and an ‘unusual’ basket of surprises is on offer for those brave enough…you’ll have to come to the market to see what they are!”
The Zeta Bar Farmer’s Market opens for business every Friday from 6pm, it launched on Friday 4 May for a limited period. So don’t miss out! It’s a great concept and experience, plus you get a great cocktail, result!!