Month: January 2014

The rookies guide to bourbon and rye

In our Rookies Guide 2014, we take a look at each of the major spirit categories, giving you a brief rundown on the history, production processes and other interesting tidbits you’ll need to know for top notch geeky bar banter.

Australia’s biggest Japanese whisky range?

Uncle Mings has been open in Sydney’s York Street for nearly 20 months now, but thanks to surging interest in Japanese whisky and other Asian drinks, they’ve been seeing an increase in trade — so they keep adding to their collection of Japanese whisky…

Check out Beachbum Berry’s latest book

The definitive guide to all things tiki can be none other than Mr Jeff “Beachbum” Berry — he’s singlehandedly uncovered more lost and forgotten tiki recipes than we’ve had Mai Tais (and we’ve had a few).

Why you should give a damn about natural wine

We talked to Giorgio de Maria, who owns Sydney’s 121BC Cantina and Enoteca and is one of the organisers for the 100 per cent volunteer-based, not-for-profit celebration of all things boozy and sustainable, Rootstock Sydney.

Sydney picks up a new Cuban

Billed as authentic Cuban food, drink, and music, El Cubano is set to open their doors in time for a festive February, at 13-15 Kellett Way, Kings Cross.

A New York state of mind: Nieuw Amsterdam

Owner Michael Roszbach (ex-Cookie) has drawn on his Dutch heritage for Nieuw Amsterdam, which is being described as a New York-style bar and eatery.

Picture marble bartops, glitzy gold art deco designs and dark wooden panelling and you can see the New York emphasis, which takes it a long way from the site which once housed an Irish bar called Puggs Mahones.

Win some great booze — take the Rookies Guide Quiz

Here it is folks — the 2014 Rookies Guide Quiz. There is some great hooch — Absolut Elyx, Havana Club Anos 7 and the very tasty Altos tequila — to be won for the fastest, most correct exam.

There is a prize for the best rookie — that is, if you’ve worked as a bartender for less than two years — and the veterans. Remember that the test is timed, so once you click the Start Quiz button below, you’re on!