Show Boat

Welcome to Cocktale O'Clock, here at The Plough where we enjoy a sip of history with a twist of fun.

This week we have been reminiscing about the Agricultural and Horticultural Shows hosted at Myrniong from 1870s until the mid 1950s.

And speaking of Shows, let's talk about the recently re-branded Melbourne Royal Show. Last year they changed it's name from "Royal Melbourne Show" to "Melbourne Royal Show", claiming it offered a "point of difference"!

Personally, I'm not entirely convinced, however, a little conjecture never hurt anyone.

Did you know that the annual Melbourne Royal Show, located at the Royal Melbourne Showgrounds, has been running since in 1848, 25 years before the first Myrniong Shows were conducted!

Shifting our focus to something delightful and timeless – our Cocktail of the Week: Show Boat. This gem was featured in the 1937 CafĂ© Royal Cocktail Book and credited to J. W. Mellisha. It is gin-based with fruity aromas and a creamy orange sip.

Cheers to good health and great cocktails!


45mL gin (Chauffeur's Choice: 0% Gin)

15mL orange juice

15mL lemon juice

15mL aquafaba

5mL of grenadine

Shake all ingredients with ice

Strain ice, then dry shake

Strain into cocktail glass

GARNISH: dehydrated blood orange & butterfly tuille


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