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Well-designed drinks

WA Architecture awards

An opportunity too good to resist, blending our favourite things – architecture and cocktails.

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We got in touch with a few of our friends in this year’s WA Architecture Awards and asked ‘If your project was a cocktail, what would it be?’ From the classic and cool, to the fun and delicious – discover your favourite architectural tipple below.

REED HOUSE IS A… CLASSIC GIN MARTINI
A limited palette, with three ingredients and nothing concealed. A martini, like Reed House, is incomplete without plant matter (always extra olives). Extra dirty, because she’s all about the garden. As a tradition famed by men, she’s well handled by a lady. And, I’ll have it stirred, thanks James. – Beth George, Architect 

Ingredients
1 part vermouth
5 parts gin
Ice

Garnish
Green olives

Method
Chill cocktail glass.
Add ice and vermouth to a stirring glass and stir. 
Add gin to the stirring glass and stir for about 30 seconds to chill and dilute. 
Strain into the cocktail glass and garnish.

PRACC IS A… LAPHROAIG SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKEY
It is clear, aromatic, blonde and powerful. A double shot is preferable. – Patrick Beale, Director of Advanced Timber Concepts Studio 

Ingredients
Laphroaig Single Malt Scotch Whiskey

Method
Pour scotch into a tumbler.
Serve neat.

HOUSE IS A… HANKY PANKY
A classic hit of raw but satisfying bathtub style gin, fruity Italian undertones and the name says the rest.
– Kris Keen, Keen Architecture

Ingredients
1 part gin
1 part sweet vermouth
A dash of Fernet-Branca

Garnish
Lemon twist

Method
Chill cocktail glass.
Add gin, sweet vermouth and Fernet-Branca to a stirring glass and stir for 20 seconds to chill and dilute.
Strain into the cocktail glass and garnish.

MARINE IS A…WHITE RUSSIAN
Tough like the name, the Marine residence is robust, white and on some rocks. – David Barr, David Barr Architects 

Ingredients
1 part vodka
1 part coffee liqueur
1 part cream
Ice

Method
Fill short glass with ice.
Add vodka and coffee liqueur.
Pour cream on top.

MELVILLE SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL IS A… MANHATTAN 
Brazen and strong, timeless and tasty. 
– Matthew Batchelor, COX Architects

Ingredients
1 part Bourbon
1 part sweet vermouth
A dash of Angostura bitters
A dash of orange bitters

Garnish
Brandied cherry
Orange twist

Method
Chill cocktail glass.
Add Bourbon, sweet vermouth, Angostura bitters and orange bitters to a stirring glass and stir for 20 seconds to chill and dilute.
Strain into the cocktail glass and garnish.

Word: Detail & friends

Imagery: Ben Hosking, Dion Robeson, Jack Lovel, Neal Pritchard and Detail MC