Simon McGoram

Editor of Australian Bartender Magazine. Bartending since 2001, Simon won NZ Bartender magazine Bartender of the Year in ‘06. Contributing editor for a year in NZ, he moved to Sydney where he worked at the Bayswater Brasserie. Now settled into office life, Simon finds that the immature sheep jokes are wearing thin.

Vodka Cocktails

A selection of delectable drafts from November’s Vodka Spirit Profile in Bartender magazine

HOW TO: The Paloma

A Mexican staple – ‘The Dove’ gets charged with home-made soda

Gin Cocktails

A selection of tempting gin cocktails from December’s Bartender magazine.

Drinks with… Eddie Tirado

We’re in the habit these days of looking offshore for inspiration. And why not? There’s a host of bartending legends from America’s Dale DeGroff to England’s Salvatore Calabrese. What we often fail to do, however, is recognise talent in our own backyard. Eddie Tirado was and perhaps still is Australia’s most famous bartender.

The Bundaberg Distilling Company

Australian history is awash with rum – that characterful sugarcane spirit the golden hue of good, fertile Aussie soil. And if you distill the history of Bundaberg Rum and you’ll find a heady mix of traditional Aussie values.

Rum Cocktails

Rum is making a serious stamp on the modern cocktail scene and aficionados on the wonderful liquid are not short to be found, either behind the bar or in front of it.

Absinthe Cocktails

Needing some inspiration for absinthe cocktails? Check out these concoctions from October’s Bartender magazine.

A Good Reason to Look Up

Want your bar to have some seriously sleek and cool looking pendants for customers to…

The Mary Pickford

Born in 1892 as Gladys Smith, Mary Pickford – and indeed the cocktail that bears her name – may well have faded from the limelight had it not been for her smart decision to adopt a stage name. Pickford was a legend of the silent movie era staring in hundreds of movies until her retirement in 1933.