Rocks on Rosalind has designed a beverage list that is aimed at exciting you about what you drink in addition to what you eat. Please take the time to speak to our floor staff who are always excited to find you a brand new drinking experience.

When looking for bars in Bendigo, Rocks offers locals and visitors a place to be tempted. Relax with something cold, or expand your palate with new and traditional experiences. Join us for just a drink, or add some food and make a meal of it.

APERITIFS ROCK

The Aperitif is designed to cleanse the palate and whet the appetite. Vermouth was first produced in the early 1800s with herbs and spices to mask the flavors of some poor quality local wines. Now, due to the perfected ancient techniques, it is a very popular and stylish way to begin the dining journey. Our staff would love to assist you in getting your night started in the most elegant of fashions. Partake in these drinks in the manner they were intended to be enjoyed: Generously refreshing and leaving you ready and wanting more.

Aperol
Campari
Pimms No.1 Cup
Lillet Blanc   
Martini Rosso Sweet Vermouth
Martini Extra Dry Vermouth
Saint Germain Elderflower Liquour

Aperitif Cocktails

Aperol Sour
Aperol & lemon, shaken, served short
Bijou Rocks
Beefeater Gin & mandarin, Lillet Blanc served classic
Lillet Blanc
Generous pour of Lillet Blanc, orange oils & a twist, soda served on the rocks
Negrita Crush
Negroni & sparkling grapefruit juice served tall                     
Pimms No.1        
A bartenders pour of Pimms No.1 Cup, dry ginger, mint, lime, lemon & cucumber                  
The Corpse Reviver #2       
Beefeater Gin, Cointreau, Lillet Blanc & lemon, served Classic, Absinthe rinse                  
The Number One         
Wyborowa Vodka, a dash of Campari, tonic & lime served long

Pastis & Absinth(e)

La Fee Absinthe Bohemian     
La Fee Absinthe Parisian      
Pernod
Pernod ‘Mummy’

Pastis… “Vous devez vous imaginer en provence, sur une de village, ά Lόmbre des plantanes, il ya a cĕsar qui ά la pĕtanque, les cigales chantent, il fait chaud, trĕs chaud…”

Imagine, the south of France, in a park overlooking the beach, the old men playing petanque seem as old as the weathered 16th Century bakery on the corner, it is hot, very hot. You add icy cold water to a little Pastis, and venture over to join the game.

The popular licorice flavored beverage is served in France as a ‘Mummy’ in a 15 ml portion, the round is to be enjoyed among friends, as a sign of respect and well wishing, a $5 shout is was easier to afford than a $10. It is drunk as thirst quencher in the south of France as readily as beer is in the North and here in Australia, so let’s drink it with a little water 1:4.

Double French
La Fee Absinthe Bohemian w Grand Mariner, Grapefruit, Mint, Lime served classic
Fonaudece
Pernod w Wyborova, crème de Muir + Lemon
Peking
Havana Club 7Anos w lemon &Pernod
Bennet Blazer
La Fee Absinthe Parisian w espresso, orange, cinnamon & a flair
BEER ROCKS

Lager

Brooklyn Lager N.Y.C. USA
Kirin Ichiban Japan
Peroni Red Italy
Trumer Pils Austria   
Victoria Bitter Melbourne

Ale

Hargreves Hill ESB Melbourne        
Holgate ESB Macedon
Little Creatures Pale Ale Freemantle       
Mountain Goat Steam Ale Melbourne
Stone & Wood Pacific Ale Byron Bay

India Pale Ale

Brookes Beer  IPA Bendigo
Kooinda Black IPA Melbourne, 70+ IBUs
Vale IPA McLaren Vale

Vintage Hefe & Fruity

Coopers Vintage Ale SA
Weihenstepan Hefeweissbeer Germany 500ml
Bridge Road Chevalier Saison Beechworth 750ml

Belgo

Chimay Blue Belgium
Duval Belgium

Dark

4 Pines Stout Manly NSW
White Rabbit Dark Ale Healesville

Mid & Light

Coopers Premium Light South Australia
Little Creatures Rogers (3.8) Freemantle
Prickly Moses Otway Light       Barongarook
A ROCKS MARTINI

The Martini is synonymous with sophistication, refinement, a plucking bass string and a-wailin’ saxophone in a smoky bar at midnight. Of course there is James Bond, with his Vesper Lynd Martini, invented and named by the fictional secret agent in the 1953 novel Casino Royale.cocktails bendigo

‘Three measures of Beefeater, one of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake it very well until it’s ice-cold then add a large thin slice of lemon-peel. Got it?’

“Certainly, monsieur.” The barman seemed pleased with the idea. The novel goes on with Bond telling the barman, after taking a long sip,

“Excellent … but if you can get a vodka made with grain instead of potatoes, you will find it still better”.

And so began the most famous of all the classic finishes of the Martini.

The Dry Martini

Many people would argue that a true dry Martini is best when served with a twist, rather than an olive. This is largely a matter of taste; there are many schools either way.

Lemon rind, twisted over the top of the Martini imparts a gently spray of lemon oils to the surface. Olives, on the other hand, add an olive taste, salt and water, of course.

However, traditionally a Dry Martini is dry due to the use of dry vermouth; it has no relevance to the amount of vermouth used. An extremely important dimension to a traditional Martini is the content of vermouth, and the content of water derived from ice melting whilst stirring in the drink. Stirring twenty times to the left then six to the right has been deduced to give this drink, precisely 20mls of melted ice. 10mls of the best dry vermouth money can buy at a 6:1 ratio. Drink this drink as the epitome of the cool, sophisticated lifestyle that is Martini drinking, finish it as you like.

The Sweet Martini             

This expression of the classy beverage is prepared in the same manner as dry, substituting sweet vermouth, or Martini Rosso, for the dry vermouth and finished with an orange twist and Maraschino cherry.

The Extra Dry Martini

This Martini is for the puritanical. The ice melt and the vermouth play a much smaller part in this drink. Thus, it is extra dry—not wet. It is a more intense way to drink the base spirit and shows the botanicals of the Gin & the flavors of the Vodka used, this is not to be drunk to introduce you to the classic Martini, but for those who already know the Martini and are searching for just a little bit more. Finished anyway you like it.

The Perfect Martini

A Pink Martini – 10mls sweet and 10ml dry vermouth, for the easy drinker. Finished anyway you like it.

The Naked Martini

A Martini with no vermouth.  Mmm…  Icy cold Gin or Vodka & water. Finished anyway you like.

Gin Martini

Beefeater London
Bombay Sapphire London
Hendricks London

Vodka Martini

Wyborowa Poland
Ciroc France
Ketel One Holland
Zubrowka Bison Grass Poland

Famous Finishes

Anchovy Trio of anchovy stuffed olives
Boston Bullet Almond stuffed olive
Cajun Jalapeno chili
Dirty Olive brine & large green olives
Gibson Cocktail onions
Gimlet Dash lime cordial, lime peel twist
Octopus Grilled baby octopus
Olive Trio large green olives
Salad Trio large green olives & twist
Silver Bullet Scotch rinse & Naked Vodka Martini
Twist Large twist of lemon peel                                             
Vincent Absinthe rinse & orange twist
Ward Eight Large twist of orange peel

A Different Martini

Espresso Martini                                                                             
Secret recipe
French Martini           
Wyborowa Vodka, Chambord Berry liqueur shaken with pineapple juice, served classic
Toreador Martini
Zubrowka Bison Grass Vodka w vanilla, honey & citrus flame
Vesper Lynd Martini 
FIZZ ROCKS

Cocktail Fizz

Batlow Premium Apple Cider
Batlow Cloudy Apple Cider
Snowy Mountains
Snowy Mountains
Bellini
Peach, elderflower & Sasha Brut
  
Classic Champagne Cocktail      
Brandy, bitters soaked La Perouche & French
  
Italian Liaison
Amaretto di Sorono, Chambord, Sasha Brut & an Orange Twist
  
Kir Royale            
Crème de Cassis & Sasha Brut                                    
  
Alsatian Spritzer
Riesling, lychee & ginger stretched tall with soda.                   
  
Donnalee C’s Spritzer        
All Saints Moscato, mandarin & orange stretched tall with soda
  
Mrs Sasha’s Spritzer
Riesling & Aperol, stretched tall with soda

Bottled Fizz

2010 Ashton Hills Salmon Brut Adelaide Hills
NV Farriers Cottage Brut Various SA       
NV Sasha Brut Pyrenees 
2012 All Saints  Moscato Rutherglen
NV Louis Roderer Brut Premier Reims          
NV Bollinger Special Cuvee Ay              
2005 Louis Roderer Cristal Reims                    
2008 Louis Roderer Rosé Reims                  
WINE ROCKS

By The Glass

NV Sasha Brut Pyrenees, Vic
NV Louis Roederer Brut Premier Reims
2012 All Saints  Moscato Rutherglen
2013 Off Tap Local Riesling Bendigo
2013 Te Awa Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough
2013 Turners Crossing Viognier Bendigo
2012 Shaw & Smith M3 Chardonnay Adelaide Hills
2013 Off Tap Local Rosé Bendigo
2010 Caledonia Australis Pinot Noir South Gippsland
2007 Incognito Area 51 GSM McLaren Vale
2010 Off Tap Local Shiraz        Harcourt Glass
2010 Finn & Wes’ Off Tap Blend Bendigo

Sparkling Wine

2010 Ashton Hills Salmon Brut Adelaide Hills
NV Farriers Cottage Brut Various SA
NV Sasha Brut Pyrenees
2012 All Saints  Moscato Rutherglen
NV Louis Roderer Brut Premier Reims
NV Bollinger Special Cuvee Ay
2005 Louis Roderer Cristal Reims
2008 Louis Roderer Rosé Reims

Lean, Racy & White

2011 Ashton Hills Riesling Adelaide Hills
2013 Bests Riesling Great Western
2012 Crabtree Riesling Clare Valley
1999 Crabtree Riesling Clare Valley
2008 Dr Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Kabinett Riesling   Mosel, D
2012 Shaw & Smith Sauvignon Blanc Adelaide Hills
2011 Pierro ‘LTC’ Sem Sauv Blanc Margaret River
2013 Isabel Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough
2013 Tai Nui Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough
2010 Lucien Crochet La Chene Marchand                      Sancerre Loire Valley

Textual & Voluptuous 

2011 Moorooduc Chardonnay Mornington
2011 Mandurang Valley Chardonnay Bendigo
2012 Shaw & Smith M3 Chardonnay Adelaide Hills
2012 Sorrenberg Chardonnay Beechworth
2011 Zarephath Petit Chardonnay Great Southern
2010  Domaine Chenevieres ChablisF Gueguen Les Grandes Vignes Burgundy
2013 Turners Crossing Viognier Bendigo
2010 Wanted Man Marsanne Viognier Heathcote

Other Cool Stuff

NV Delgado Zuleta Manzanilla ‘La Goya’ Spain
2013 Pinga  Branco Heathcote
2010 Moorooduc Blanc Mornington
2010 Yerringberg Marsanne Rousanne Yarra Valley
2009 Mount Mary Triolet Yarra Valley
2011 Sepp Moser Grüner Veltliner Austria
2009 Louis Sipp Pinot Gris Alsace, Fr
2010 Villa Wolf Pinot Gris Pfalz, D

Pretty In Pink

2013 Foster e Rocco Rosé Heathcote
2013 Off Tap Local Rosé Bendigo
2006 Sergi Estate Sweet Rosé Adelaide

Seductive & Sleek

2011 Ashton Hills Pinot Noir Piccadilly Valley
2011 Bests Pinot Meunier OV Great Western
2012 Byrne Wines Pinot Noir Ballarat
2010 Caledonia Australis Pinot Noir South Gippsland
2000 Giaconda Pinot noir Beechworth
2011 Sorrenberg Gamay Beechworth
2011 Mount Mary Pinot Noir Yarra Valley
2012 Nanny Goat Pinot Noir Central Otago

Elegant & Savory

2010 Punt Road Merlot Yarra Valley
2011 Yeringberg Cabernets Yarra Valley
1993 Warrenmang Grand Pyrenees Pyrenees
1997 Warrenmang Grand Pyrenees Pyrenees
1996 Penfolds Bin 407 Various SA
1998 Penfolds Bin 389 Various SA
1997 Leconfield Cabernet Coonawarra
1997 Tattachilla ‘Clarendon’ Merlot McLaren vale
2011 Moss Wood ‘Amy’s’ Cabernet Margaret River
2005 Chateau Liversan Haut Medoc Bordeaux
2010 Finn & Wes’ Off Tap Blend Bendigo

Big is Beautiful

2011 Ellis Wines ‘Red Cap’ Shiraz Heathcote
2008 Fairbank Syrah Bendigo
2006 Turners Crossing ‘The Cut’ Bendigo
2009 Warrenmang Black Puma Pyrenees
2008 Warrenmang Estate Shiraz Pyrenees
2000 D’Arrenberg ‘Laughing Magpie’ McLaren vale
2010 Mr Riggs ‘Piebald’ Shiraz Viognier McLaren vale
2007 Purple Raven GSM McLaren vale
2007 Incognito ‘Area 51’ GSM McLaren vale
2010 Sergi Estate ‘Seductive Shiraz’ Adelaide
1998 Henschke Mount Edelstone Eden Valley
2010 Off Tap Local Shiraz Harcourt

Other Cool Stuff

2011 Glenwillow Nebiollo D’ Yandoit Bendigo
2012 Mandurang Valley Monastrell Bendigo
2012 Pondalowie MT Tempranillo Bendigo
2012 Altos Las Hormigas Malbec Clasico Mendoza Argentina

Sweet & Sticky

2012   Frogmore Creek ‘Iced Riesling’  (375ml) Tasmania
2006   Domaine de Durban Muscat de Beaumes de Venise (375ml) France
2012     All Saints Moscato (glass and bottle avail.) Rutherglen
ROCKING SPIRITS

Vodka

The simplest and most pure of all spirits, Vodka expresses wheat, rye, grape or potato characters and the water with which it is blended, without the influence of anything outside of its own nature. The Rocks’ favorite Vodkas are an expression of ancient distillation techniques and the most pure water on Earth. Vodka served directly from the Polish snow is an age old tradition and so, from the freezer, try the Vodka, to enjoy the nuances and individualities of our very best Vodkas in flight.

Wyborowa Poland
Cariel Vanilla Vodka Sweden
Ciroc France
Ketel One Holland
Zubowka Bison Grass Poland

Vodka Flight

A 20 mls taste of 4 of the best Vodkas the world has to offer.

Wyborowa
Ciroc
Ketel One
Zubowka Bison Grass
Poland
France
Holland
Poland

Vodka Rocks

Bloody Mary
A Bartenders pour of Wyborowa, Tomato Juice + the Rocks’ spices
French Martini                                                                                   
Wyborowa Vodka, Chambord Berry Liqueur & pineapple served classic.
The Russians
Black – Wyborowa Vodka & Kahula
Tall  – stretched tall with cola
White – with a layer of cream
The Appletini Rocks
Wyborowa Vodka, Apple, St Germaine & Pommes verte
Toreador Martini
Zubrowka Bison Grass Vodka, vanilla, honey & citrus flame
                                                              

Gin

In essence, Gin begins its life as a pure spirit very much like Vodka. However the final distillation process introduces intriguing notes of up to twenty different botanicals; juniper, lemon—peel, cassia bark, angelica and orris are just some of the ingredients with which we create Gin. From its sordid days in London’s Gin Palaces and reputation of mother’s ruin, to its most sophisticated expression as a Martini, Gin is the perfect spirit from the gutter to the stars, on whichever end you find yourself. Raise your glasses to the great man W.C. Fields who never drank anything stronger than Gin before breakfast.

Beefeater London
Plymouth London
Bombay Sapphire London
Hendricks Scotland

Gin Rocks

20th Century Cocktail
Beefeater Gin, Lillet Blanc, White Créme de Cacao & lemon served classic
Bramble
Beefeater Gin with lemon & sugar, slung overcrushed ice & a stain of Chambord
Bronx
Bombay Sapphire Gin with dry & sweet Vermouth, fresh orange& served Bradford
Charlie Chaplin
Beefeater Gin, Sloe Gin, Marie Brizard Apry & Lime
Cheap Greek
As Charlie Chaplin with Ouzo
Millionaire
As Charlie Chaplin with Appleton Estate VX Rum

Rum

Rum is really, really cool, this page will see much work over the next few months. Think Bahamas, Jamaica man, think the British royal navy with their daily ration of liquid gold and lime, think Captain Jack Sparrow’s secret island cache, of the world’s most diverse and expressive spirits. Why else are Jamaicans and Cubans so cool? Their homes are the original birthplaces of rum.

From Blanco to dark with Anejo and gold – choose your favorite color and there is a rum to match it.  Rum is the new vodka; for those out in front of the pack, or even jaded vodka drinkers, please be the first and join in this exciting cosmopolitan lifestyle that is heralding in next year’s drink of choice.

Havana Club 3 Anos Cuba
Havana Club 7 Anos Cuba
Captain Morgan Spiced Trinidad/West Indies
 Appleton Estate VX Jamaica

Rum Rocks

Blood Orange Rum Mojito
Captain Morgan Spiced Rum & Amaretto, lime & mint slung over crushed ice, stretched tall with blood orange soda & nutmeg
Mojito
Havana club 3 Anos, muddled lime & sugar, torn mint slung & stretched tall with soda
Daiquiri
A ridiculously simple but perfect combination of Havana club 3 anos, lime & sugar, served classic
Fruit Daiquiri
As above, blended with fruit and ice. Apple & cinnamon, peach, lychee, passion fruit
Mai Tai
Havana Club 7 Anos Rum, Orgeat, Cointreau, Lime & Bitters, served Old Fashioned

Tequila

Tequila has come a long way since your early memories of 21st birthday celebrations, with the worst hangover and illness anyone has ever had, waking up next to all sorts of things and always including that bloody little red plastic sombrero.

Early Tequilas were nothing more than rough fire water designed for maximum effect in minimal time. Tequila today is distilled more professionally and more hygienically, and aged for longer periods resulting in a smooth refined spirit with much style and character thus it is served with more respect; lemon and salt giving  way to orange and cinnamon. We know have available in this country Tequila so fine it can be swirled and sniffed like the finest French Brandies. So, chin up, the past is in the past, order a new tequila and live in the now.

Tequila Flight

A 20 ml taste of 3 of the best tequila that Mexico has to offer.

Tromba Bianco (100% agave) Mexico
Cuervo 1800 Anejo Mexico
Cuervo Riserva De La Familia Platino Mexico

Tequila Rocks

Blood Orange & Cardamom Sour
Tromba Bianco Tequila, Grand Marnier, blood orange and lemon juice with cardamom syrup, served short
Margarita
The All Time Classic combination of Tromba Bianco Tequila, Cointreau  & lemon juice

Whisk(e)y & Bourbon

Bourbon is the United States of America’s greatest gift to the global spirit industry. this native spirit came circa 1700’s when Irish settlers far from home without whisky or grain to make it, started experimenting with corn that was being grown to support the growth of the fledgling country.

Bourbon is the single most regulated spirit on earth and must be aged for a minimum of 2 years in virgin, charred, white oak barrels, containing no less than fifty one percent corn as starch.

The Manhattan is the smooth, yet sharp, way to drink bourbon; enjoy the subtle orange and vanillin notes that a great bourbon expresses.

Jack Daniels Tennessee
Maker’s Mark Kentucky
Canadian Club Canada

If you are reading this page, you’ve no need for our commentary. If you want to become a part of the Whisky fraternity and don’t know where to begin, start with the best and work backwards, or try our Malt Flight to sample what single malt lovers die for.

Malt Flight

A 20 ml taste of 3 of the very best malts.        

J & B Rare WHISKY   Scotland
Dalwhinnie 15 y.o. Scotland
Talisker 10 y.o. Scotland
Lagavaulin 16 y.o. Scotland

Whisk(e)y & Bourbon Rocks

Rocky Ricky
A bartender’s pour of Jack Daniels Bourbon, lime juice & Ginger Kid ginger beer
Maker’s Manhattan
Maker’s Mark Bourbon, Martini Rosso,& orange bitters stirred, strained & served classic
Nutty Tea
Maker’s Mark Bourbon, Frangelico, apple & lemon with chamomile tea & slung over crushed ice
By Appointment
J & B Rare WHISKY, Grand Mariner with mandarin, lemon, pineapple & chamomile tea, served classic
THE FINAL ROUND

Sweet & Sticky

2012   Frogmore Creek ‘Iced Riesling’  (375ml) Tasmania
2006   Domaine de Durban Muscat de Beaumes de Venise (375ml) France
2012     All Saints  Moscato Rutherglen

A Rocking Finish

Espresso Martini                                                                             
Secret Recipe
Toreador Martini
Zubrowka Bison Grass Vodka, vanilla, honey & citrus flame
Brandy Blazer
Espresso, Brandy, orange & cinnamon, with a flair
B & B
Brandy& Bénedictine

Claret is the liquor of boys; port for men; but he who aspires to be a hero must drink brandy”  – Samuel Johnson

A Goodnight Cap

Valdespino El  Candido Pedro Ximinez
Penfolds Club Port
Mr Pickwicks     
Penfolds Grandfather Port   
Martel VS         
Hennessey XO
FINN DRINKS

“This winter, it’s time to reach into your liquor cabinet and blow the dust off the classics like Jägermeister, Benedictine, and Limoncello… ” – Finn

Finn recommends: The Vieux Carré

  • ¾ part QUI Tequila
  • ¾ part cognac
  • ¾ part sweet vermouth
  • ¼ part Benedictine
  • 1 dash Peychaud Bitters
  • 1 dash angostura bitters
  • Lemon twist, to garnish

To make: Chill a coup glass in the fridge. Combine all ingredients into a mixing glass and fill with ice. Stir for 10 seconds and strain into the coup glass. Zest lemon over the glass, rinse the rim with peel and drop in cocktail.