The Galley Room’s Herbie Hancock
Photography: Julie Crespel
12:00AM, Feb 27, 2011
Watermelon. Honey. Lemon. Gin. Just add summer.
"This drink is named more for "Watermelon Man", one of Herbie's
great songs, than for the man himself," says Jason Williams,
manager of The Galley Room in Melbourne. "One of the song's lyrics
goes, 'Hot and bothered need a little cooling / When I hear
your call I start to drooling'." And yes, as you may well have
surmised, this cocktail is indeed a very pleasant summer refresher.
"The bright, fresh flavour of the melon," says Williams, "is both
contrasted and given weight by the honey water, then balanced with
lemon." Williams is adamant that the choice of gin is especially
important here. "Go with a big, floral style that will shine
through," he says; something subtler will get lost. We're hoping
Williams will soon be able to furnish us with a complementary
sister drink, "The Cantaloupe Island", to complete the Hancock
package. The Galley Room, Level 1, 510 Flinders
St, Melbourne, Vic, (03) 9629 1350.
THE GALLEY ROOM'S HERBIE HANCOCK
Add 45ml gin, six or seven thumb-sized chunks of watermelon, 20ml of freshly squeezed lemon juice and 15ml of honey water (that's honey dissolved in an equal part of hot water and then cooled) to a shaker half-filled with ice. Shake hard and fast, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a twist of lemon and serve without delay.