The arrival of March brings with it the bittersweet farewell of the warm summer months – but I’m not ready to let go just yet. This week I’m keeping the summer vibes going with one last feature for the Summer Cocktail Series.
It was Saturday afternoon, the sun was shining and we found ourselves at the Kingston Foreshore’s newest bar – Betti Bravo’s. It’s a bar that describes itself as ‘a little bit Spanish, a little bit Caribbean and a whole lot of delicious’.
Think tropical holiday with a splash of the Mediterranean and you get a pretty good idea of what Betti Bravo’s is all about. Colourful cocktails are served alongside Spanish-come-Caribbean inspired dishes that are designed to share tapas style.
This is a bar that takes it’s food menu seriously. Unsurprisingly, seafood is front and centre with dishes such as chargrilled octopus with kipfler potatoes and sweet paprika ($17) and salt cod and potato croquetas served with harissa ($10). On the vegetarian side of things, my pick is the chargrilled corn served with chipotle aioli, merco iberico (a type of semi-hard Spanish cheese) and lime ($17).
When it comes to Betti’s cocktails, it’s hard to pick a favourite. I can see myself drinking something like the “Scrambled Legs” all year round – made with elderflower, dry vermouth, lime, basil and egg white ($14), it’s deliciously refreshing and not too sweet.
But when the weather’s warm, I’m a sucker for anything watermelon and the “Drunk in Love”, made with vodka, fresh watermelon, lychee liqueur, mint, lime and soda ($16), just has summer written all over it.
If you’re wondering about their other drinks, they’ve got a good selection of local and Spanish wines plus a healthy list of beers, mainly from Mexico but also Colombia and Portugal. I also have it on good authority that they make a killer mocktail – I mean just look at this bright pink drink. It’s happiness served in a glass with pineapple on top.
By now, you might be thinking, who is Betti Bravo? Well, they’ll tell you she’s ‘a dazzling Caribbean beauty and the little known third wife of Spanish rebel, Juan Bravo’.
I’m not sure if that’s true (just try googling it yourself), but what I can tell you is that I’m hoping this warm weather sticks around for a little longer – I could definitely do with a few more summer afternoons drinking Betti’s cocktails on the Foreshore.
– Bec x