Get the recipe for Thomas Opie’s  What’s Up Doc cocktail

This drink from Eileen's Bar at the Four Pillars Lab in Sydney is on the Boothby Top 50 Drinks of the Year 2023.

This drink is one of the Boothby Top 50 Drinks of the Year 2023 — you can see the full Top 50 here.

What's Up Doc cocktail


  • 50ml Four Pillars Spice Trade Gin
  • 30ml carrot ‘lime’
  • 50ml Szechuan pepper/Dorrigo pepper coconut milk
  • 10ml simple syrup
  • 2 dashes of saline
  • 2 drops smoked grapefruit oil

Clarify and serve the drink cold in a chilled cocktail glass, no ice.


From the talented and award-winning bartender, Thomas Opie:

“This drink highlights the potential for vegetables to be used as acid balancers in drinks. We’re so obsessed with the ripest fruits but we have the answer right in front of us: carrot, potato, even peas can make a cocktail super different and delicious. Silky, floral and citrus forward, Bugs Bunny would be proud of this one.”

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