A selection of delectable drafts from November’s Vodka Spirit Profile in Bartender magazine
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.
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.
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.
Australia’s bar community is in turmoil after the news that Pierre Fajloun, bar manager of Ivy’s Level 6 died in a motorcycle accident on Tuesday evening.