Keep it classy with this French 75 recipe

You could be forgiven for thinking that a cocktail named after artillery used in the first world war would clobber your palate, but if it’s made just so, there’s few things more elegant than the French 75.

Here’s the winner of Moutai’s Enter The Dragon Cocktail Competition

Moutai, the most revered spirit in China, revealed the much-anticipated winner of their ‘Enter The Dragon’ cocktail competition at an industry wrap party at Hot Sauce, QT Melbourne on Monday night. Ray Letoa from New Zealand’s Roxy Cinema was crowned Moutai Master, with his cocktail ‘Descendant’s Elixir’.

Matt Linklater wins the Australian 2017 Woodford Reserve Cocktail Competition

On Monday 13 November Woodford Reserve held its third annual 2017 Australia Cocktail Competition at Marble Bar in Sydney. 155 bartenders across the country entered to win the prestigious title and a major stake in the $10,000 prize pool. Matt Linklater from Black Pearl in Melbourne is the champion who won with the Natural Order cocktail.

The Business of Bars: What makes the world’s best bars the best?

How does a bar make the World’s 50 Best Bars list? What makes a bar a world-beater? During Sydney Bar Week, this was the topic up for discussion at the Business of Bars Conference at The Whisky Room at The Clock Hotel. On the panel were some heavy hitters: Luke Whearty, from Operation Dagger, Chris Hysted-Adams from Black Pearl, Jason Williams from Proof & Company and 28 Hong Kong Street, and Jason Scott from Swillhouse — all of whom are from bars on the World’s 50 Best list — along with award-winners Mike Enright from The Barber Shop, Jeremy Shipley from Solotel, and Hayley Morison from Beam-Suntory.