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The Sazerac

Traditional Cognac
H by Hine – 20 | D’usse – 22
Delicate, smooth cognac. So hard to go wrong with the flavour that created cocktail culture.

Modern Rye
Wild Turkey – 20 | Rittenhouse – 22
Rich, spicy american rye whiskey. Perfect. If you’re a fan of an Old Fashioned you’ll never look back.

Half and Half
Choose a cognac and a rye and we’ll craft you exactly what you need.
It’s comfortable sitting on the fence too. A blend of both is tasty in its own right.

The Swinging Cat Specials

Smoked Honey
Blend of Dewars 12 & Talisker 10 – 20
Scotch, honey and a Fernet Branca rinse help set this one apart from the crowd. The smoke probably helps keep things nice and interesting, too.

Le Survivant
Calvados Domfrotais – 26
Calvados apple brandy base with a flashy burnt Green Chartreuse rinse. Light up your life with something a little more luxurious.

Explore New Orleans

Take a tour of New Orleans’ French Quarter.

These concoctions will show you all the class and culture of the Vieux Carré.

Rue Royale – 19
Vodka, passionfruit, salted caramel, vanilla, apple and lemon.
If you want a taste of that New Orleans opulence, look no further. It’s first on the menu for a reason.

Rue Dauphine – 17
Bubbles, raspberry and lemon cordial with blood orange sorbet.
A refreshing and refined fizz for when sparkling just doesn’t quite feel classy enough.

Toulouse Street – 19
House apricot infused gin, grapefruit, lemon, Peychaud’s and whites.
Fruity, zesty , tangy. It’s a smooth ride down this street. A must try for gin lovers.

Bourbon Street – 20
House fig and walnut infused bourbon, cognac, cacao, apple, lemon and whites.
Here’s a little rustic charm to round off your night. A fresh, nutty dessert to help you feel at home.

Embrace the Party

Jazz, Mardi Gras, Parades! Everyone is invited.

Come join us at The Swinging Cat and feel the soul of the party!

Swinging Cat Sour – 20
Rye, lemon, bitters, whites with house blood orange and Malbec foam.
How else do you make a whisky sour better than making the foam beyond tasty? It’s the cat’s meow.

Second Linin’ – 19
Vodka, watermelon, lime, tonka bean and Pedro Ximenez sherry.
It’s not a party unless everyone joins in. It’s also not a party without a whole lot of vodka.

Quarantine – 20
Tequila, mezcal, ginger, lemon, kaffir lime leaf and tonka bean.
I wouldn’t build a wall to keep this home remedy out. This is the penicillin’s partyboy cousin.

Bonfire – 19
White Rum, Aperol, pineapple, lemon and salted caramel.
It’s a NOLA tradition to set a fire on Christmas Eve. It’s a TSC tradition to accidentally catch fire.

Taste Cocktail History

New Orleans – birthplace of the cocktail.

Learn a little about booze and give these NOLA classics a spin.

Hurricane – 21
House blend of rums, passionfruit, pomegranate, lemon and orange.
Fortunately for us, this drink was named before the whole ‘Louisiana ravaged by the elements’ thing.

Ramos’ Gin Fizz – 19
Gin, orange blossom, lemon, cream, whites and soda.
We shake this bad boy for a long, long time to get that sweet foam. Us bartenders love shaking things.

Vieux Carré – 20
Cognac, rye, sweet vermouth, Dom Bénédictine and Peychaud’s.
Vieux Carré, noun. Voo-Ka-Ray. The New Orleans French Quarter. Also a super smooth cocktail.

Grasshopper – 19
Vodka, white creme de cacao, cream, branca menta and grated chocolate.
Choc-mint is the best icecream flavour and anyone who disagrees can fight us in a dance battle.

What beers d’you have?

Peroni Red, Italy – 9
Easy drinking Italian lager with a slight richness.

4 Pines Kolsch, Manly – 10
German style golden lager with a crisp and clean finish.

4 Pines Pale Ale, Manly – 10
A gorgeous ruby red coloured ale with grapefruit and pine aromas.

4 Pines Stout, Manly – 10
World’s first ‘space beer’, made in the dry Irish style.

Sydney Beer Co. Lager, Sydney – 10
A clean and dry lager with a subtle hop aroma.

Hills Apple Cider, Adelaide Hills – 9.5
Pleasant dry cider made with 100% whole Adelaide Hills Apples.

James Boags Light, Tasmania – 7
A light beer for when it’s the thought that counts.

Anything less boozy?

Water – 6
Sparkling • Still

Juices – 5
Orange • Apple • Pineapple • Cranberry

Soft Drinks – 4.5
Coke • Coke Zero • Sprite • Tonic

Lemon, Lime & Bitters – 5

Mocktail – 12
Give us some flavours to work with and we’ll smash one out!

Ode to The Sazerac

Meet the cocktail that started it all.

In 1838, Antoine Amedie Peychaud, the creole owner of a New Orleans apothecary invented ‘Peychaud’s Bitters’. An aromatic bitters and herbal remedy.

By 1850, the Sazerac Cocktail, made using French brandy and Peychaud’s Bitters exploded in popularity, one of the very first cocktails ever invented.

By 1873, a cognac shortage, resulting from a plague in french vineyards, American rye whiskey with a splash of absinthe for aroma became a popular option.

In 1940, the Official Sazerac Cocktail recipe was modified to use Herbsaint as the absinthe.

Finally, in 2000, the Official Sazerac Cocktail recipe was modified to use Sazerac Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey.

The Sazerac is a delightfully smooth and boozy glimpse into early cocktail culture. Here at The Swinging Cat, we aim to carry on the tradition of the perfect Sazerac.

A base spirit of your choice stirred with a gomme sugar syrup and Peychaud’s Bitters. Served neat in a glass washed in absinthe.

Walk on the Wild Side

Voodoo, folklore and jazz never tasted so good.

Explore the darker corners of New Orleans, Louisiana (NOLA) culture with these cheeky concoctions.

Loa’s Left Hand – 21
House tropical rum infusion with paw paw, mango, almond, lime and orange.
Whiz, Bang, Pow! Nothing gets a night started like a touch of fire, showmanship and a bit of black magic.

Queen’s Consult – 19
Gin, lemon, ginger with house cucumber soda.
Clear your head and clear your palate with a visit to the voodoo queen. It’s a spa day for the soul.

Bloodhound – 20
Maker’s Mark Bourbon, blood orange, dark cacao, sweet vermouth and Cynar.
Rich, dark and loyal as your favourite pooch. Finalist for The Perfect Blend 2018 competition.

Prison Raid – 19
Rye, Cynar, Aperol, lemon, honey, whites, rosehip.
Break free from the strain of modern life with this unforgettable clash of Italian and American booze.

Can I see the Wine List?

Champagne & Sparkling Wine

Redbank Emily Brut – 10|55
King Valley, Victoria

Champagne Taittinger Prestige Brut/Rosé – 22|110
Champagne, France

N.V. Pizzini Prosecco – 75
King Valley, Victoria

N.V. Louis Bouillot Perle d’Ivoire Blanc de Blancs – 80
Burgundy, France

2012 Deviation Road Loftia Brut – 95
Adelaide Hills, South Australia

Ruinart Blanc de Blancs – 195
Champagne, France

2004 Perrier-Jouët La Belle Époque – 215
Champagne, France

N.V. Taittinger Prélude – 260
Champagne, France

2004 Dom Pérignon Brut Vintage Blanc de Blancs – 400
Burgundy, France

White Wine

Slip Knot Sauvignon Blanc – 10|50
Marlborough, New Zealand

Tim Adams Riesling – 12|60
Clare Valley, South Australia

Rob Dolan True Colours Chardonnay – 12.5|65
Yarra Valley, Victoria

Corte Giara Pinot Grigio – 11.5|60
Veneto, Italy

William Fèvre Chablis – 95
Burgundy, France

Red Wine

Earthworks Cabernet Sauvignon – 10.5|50
Barossa Valley, South Australia

Sister’s Run Epiphany Shiraz – 12|60
McLaren Vale, South Australia

Rob Dolan True Colours Pinot Noir – 12|60
Yarra Valley, Victoria

Alamos Malbec – 12|60
Mendoza, Argentina

Torres Rose de Casta Grenache Rose – 11|50
Mendoza, Argentina

Torbreck Woodcutters Shiraz – 70
Barossa Valley, SA