In contrast to my last article on how to cool your drinks down with liquid nitrogen, this week we’re going to be exploring room temperature cocktails - what ...
These days, many a cocktail bar is sporting a canister of liquid nitrogen below the deck to chill their drinks and add an element of theatre to preparation. What is it exactly though? Is it safe or will it burn off your face with one wrong move? All of these questions and more will be covered ...READ MORE +
Recently I found out my size 7 feet were the sample size for New Balance shoes. Somewhat irrelevant to you the readers, I’m sure, but another irrelevant fact is that this meant due to my sisters friendship – I could get all the free kicks I wanted! This led to an over enthusiastic conversation with ...READ MORE +
This month is our first time hosting Mixology Monday and there's only one way to describe it: Here's how it started - The shift was over and the four of us had packed up the bar and moved on to whatever watering hole would take us in for a knock-off drink. It was a cool bar that looked a bit ...READ MORE +
Now Mixology Monday is an awesome bit of internet mixology. People from around the world follow a monthly theme and make up a drink on a designated Monday and it's all shared through the blog-o-sphere. It's a great excuse to try out new recipes, mix drinks on a day you'd normally ...READ MORE +
In the last year or so we’ve seen a dramatic rise in the popularity of the pisco category, not only within professional circles but also amongst the general public. This is largely due to the growing trend of people ordering more savoury, sour drinks - with the pisco sour being a key player in this ...
As a self confessed food and drink geek with a love of history, I find anything tasty with an interesting story behind it all the more intriguing. Everything about the history of gin, as we know it today, from its origins in seventeenth century Holland, all the way to Snoop Dogg dropping references ...READ MORE +
It’s no secret that we Australians - Melbournians in particular - are hypnotised by both coffee and alcohol at the moment. Specialty coffee and craft cocktails are becoming ever more complex and innovative, with a simple cup of coffee or gin and tonic being an art form in and of itself. ...
That's right is Mixology Monday again... or as I know it "oh shit, oh shit, oh shit it's Sunday afternoon and I promised I'd do Mixology Monday this month." If you haven't done a MxMo before, or have no idea what I'm talking about then head straight over to http://mixologymonday.com/ and feed ...READ MORE +
A healthy Margarita is simply a low sugar recipe with loads of flavour. By swapping the sugar out for agave and replacing the cointreau with some clever little adjustments you can get all the flavour of a traditional margarita. This isn't just some Tommy's Margarita Low GI thing. Don't get me ...READ MORE +
The Moscow Mule cocktail and the Dark and Stormy cocktail have two things in common; ginger beer and being regularly amongst the worst-made and overrated drinks in the world. This is a real shame as the combination of ginger, lime and quality spirits is an almost bullet-proof recipe. Like what ...READ MORE +
The Yarai Mixing glass was the most vital piece of equipment at my bar Qualia Lounge, so much so that I needed 6 of them just to make sure my tiny venue could keep up with the cocktail demand. Back then I was a fairly early adopter and couldn't find them anywhere other than a few very specialty ...READ MORE +
After nearly 7 years of constant research, bar ownership, alcohol obsession and getting my friends and family intoxicated "for science", I've finally started to bring together the recipes and histories of my favourite alcohols and cocktails. In Vol 1 - Liquor and Lies, there's enough recipes to get ...READ MORE +
Mad Men, it's a television gold mine for AMC and has made the character Donald Draper synonymous with style, class and the fading era of stoicism amongst over-worked executives. Alcoholism is rife in almost every minute of the show and the lack of consequences for these suits is perhaps a little ...READ MORE +
A bit over a year ago I was on TV... Briefly It’s not every day a bartender gets a phone call from someone in his or her previous profession (unless you were once a telemarketer of course). For me that day came on the 20th of March when I received a call from a public relations company handling ...READ MORE +
First of all I need to apologise. This question, posted on Facebook that led to some 100 comments and guesses has an answer none of you are going to like. I'm sorry, however it all makes sense below. What did James Bond, the original superstar spy (oxymoronic hey?) drink? Answer: A lot, it ...READ MORE +
Gin! The gin craze! Mother's ruin! Genevre! So many exclamations! But seriously, just what is gin anyway? Why does it even go with tonic? How should we actually be drinking it? I'm going to open with a fact that most guys under the age of 30 are probably loathe to admit; gin is awesome, I really ...READ MORE +