Month: July 2013

Rare Cognac to celebrate an even rarer anniversary

It’s not often that you turn 250 years old, but that’s exactly the anniversary that Cognac producer Hine is ringing in this year. To commemorate, they have produced a special limited release bottle (and just 250 of them).

Miss Peaches dishing up soul food in Newtown

Miss Peaches dives into the deep south for their delicious take on drinking food. There’s some talented bartenders on board in the space above the Hotel Marlborough in the increasingly bar-ified Newtown.

Meet Mary’s, the Newtown pub with some top grub

Has a dish ever gained so celebrated a status so quickly? And has said dish been a burger? Sydney’s boozing and drinking set is known for being fickle; on to the next trend — be it a drink or burger — quicker than you can type 140 characters. But these are great…

Mixing with Port: the Chicago Fizz

Port has found its way in to cocktails since the days of Harry Johnson and Jerry Thomas, with mentions of port-based drinks in both the Bon Vivants Companion and a healthy 36 mentions in Johnson’s Bartender’s Manual. They list Port Wine Flips and Port Sangarees; Port then was a staple of the bar. Nowadays Port has fallen from favour.

All the winners from Tales of the Cocktail’s Spirited Awards 2013

So we may be nursing sore heads from a great awards dinner — and a very large Juniperlooza party afterwards — but here is a full list of the winners from last night. Both the excellent Brooklyn cocktail bar, Clover Club and New York’s the Dead Rabbit featured prominently among the winners, which were drawn more heavily from the US this year (as opposed to last year’s English invasion).

Boozy drinking: the Great Gatsby

At the time of press, Baz Luhrmann’s epic, The Great Gatsby is showing on our silver screens in all its dramatic, alcohol-fuelled glory. While the reviews may be mixed, the novel recalls an era of epic drinking…