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The Centini review

Barcham 14 May 2013

The Southside

Today I was given the task of trying out the Centini, Schmooze founder Phillip Jones’ new Centenary cocktail. Actually I should say I was given the task of trying out Centinis, as they come in both a North and Southside variety.

According to Jones, the chief difference is that one is better than the other (queue debate).

So in the great tradition of me reviewing things I really don’t know anything about, let’s review these martinis.

Firstly, what are they?

Well here’s how you make them.


Alison McGregor once told me a good Martini should taste “boozy with a bit of flavor to take the edge off.” I tend to agree with her. Phillip Jones says that martinis are “the most romantic and thoughtful of cocktails, so easy to make, yet mysterious with a touch of danger.” I can live with that as well.

I ordered a Northside.

I really enjoyed it. It was crisp and subtle and also a bit like being kicked in the mouth with booze. A contradiction with a citrus aftertaste.

Then, because I didn’t want anyone to accuse the RiotACT of favouritism, I tried the Southside. It was dryer, sweeter, perhaps even boozier. The lemon rind was replaced by an olive. At this point I was feeling very glad I walked to the event.

I don’t know if it’s the north in me, but I do think the Northside was the finer ‘Centini’. Still both cocktails are fine thing, and I think the difference will be based on what kind of a martini you prefer.

If you’re a fan of Martinis or just a lover of fine booze in general, grab yourself the ingredients (I believe Ainslie Cellars is stocking everything you need) and give it a swirl (not a shake).

Make sure you raise your glass and give a toast to the SkyWhale before sipping, it’s only right.


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