With Cabernets from Lebanon, Scotch whiskies exclusive to Babylon Rooftop and a signature cocktail list bursting with flavours from the ancient Levant region, it’s no secret Babylon’s beverage list is worldly.
The refined beverage list at Babylon has been carefully crafted by experts in their field. Our Sommelier has over 20 years’ experience working across Australia, France and the UK. Countless hours have been spent honing cocktail recipes we know you will love – even more so at 5pm on a Friday. A list of 200 whiskies will include several special release whiskies, worth the visit alone.
While selecting a few highlight beverages from the menu was not easy, these are a few you should set your eye on experiencing now.
Caol Ila 35 Year Old.
An outstanding malt from the collection of 2018 Diageo Special Releases, we are thrilled to present the Caol Ila 35 year old. Distilled in 1982, and bottled at cask strength (58.1%), this gorgeous dram was aged in a mixture of Refill American Oak Hogsheads & European Oak Butts.
An elegant nose of wax, leather and light campfire smoke leads to a palette of rich fruitiness, reminiscent of hazelnuts, orange zests, and toasted almonds which gives way to an impeccably light smoke on the finish. This is truly a remarkable malt from one of the most outstanding distilleries located on Islay.
It was only fair to highlight a cocktail from Babylon’s signature list paying homage to the ancient region of Levant; the very region that our food menu is inspired by.
Encompassing Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria and Turkey and beyond, Levantine countries are bounded by the Mediterranean Sea on the west, and by the northern Arabian Desert and Upper Mesopotamia to the east. Enter the Levantine from our signature cocktail list, and let it take you there.
The Levantine is a twist on a gin fizz, a tribute to the agrarian and dairy produce of the region. Beautiful flavours of sweetened apricots, lightly soured goat’s cheese and sweetened cream are beautifully paired with lemon and soda.
Yarden Cabernet Sauvignon
Despite winemaking for less than three decades, Yarden Wine has a plethora of medals and trophies from world-renowned competitions including London’s International Wine Challenge and Chicago’s Beverage Testing Institute World Wine Championship. So we put their Cab Sav on the menu.
A Gold Medal win at the International Wine and Spirit Competition in London, Yarden Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 was a noteworthy result not only because gold medals are exceedingly rare for Israel. It also proved a reminder of an event 31 years ago that signalled the rise of Israeli wine for the first time. Then an unknown Israeli wine called Yarden Cabernet Sauvignon 1984, made by an equally unknown Golan Heights Winery, won not only the gold medal but also the Winiarski Trophy. This was the first major award for an Israeli wine and the first outward sign of a wine revolution in Israel.
And the rest they say, is history.