Bar Rochford's Gun Club

Author: Emma Hutton
Photography: Jason Loucas

An all-season stunner to transport you to the tropics.

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Need another summer break? The Gun Club cocktail at Canberra's Bar Rochford - an eclectic small bar where share plates and rare records hold their own beside the booze - is a year-round remedy for curing a case of post-vacation blues. "It's based on a fairly tiki-style rum drink, shaken up with spices and fruits," says Rochford's owner Nick Smith. "It's a momentary holiday." Don't be fooled by its '80s rock band-inspired name, which may not immediately conjure the image of clear skies and beach umbrellas. "It was originally the name of the bar," Smith says, "but we decided it might be too aggressive, so we left it to the cocktail list."

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Combine 45ml Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum, 30ml lime juice, 20ml Heering Cherry Liqueur, 15ml falernum, two dashes of Angostura bitters and the pulp of half a passionfruit in an ice-filled Boston shaker. Shake hard and double-strain into a rocks glass. Add ice, and garnish with a lime wheel and a fresh cherry.

Bar Rochford, 65 London Cct, ACT, (02) 6230 6222,

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