“This resistance to the normality of a cocktail bar and the ultimate strive for perfection is the reason I had to work with him. Another reason, for me at least, is that he has owned and operated an award-winning bar for five years now.”
“Whether it be using boiling water to kill an ice well (aka frozen water) or discarding the flesh of an orange just to give an Old Fashioned a beautiful zest, we could all do better.”
Sydney’s iconic Opera Bar, in collaboration with Bacardi Martini Australia, is set to host the inaugural Sydney Cocktail Festival – a three-day harbourside celebration of our city’s great small bars, the incredible cocktails they create, and the talented people who make them.
During lockdown, the Social Exchange was live each night at 6pm AEDT Tuesday – Saturday, with The Exchange Brand Ambassadors across Australia hosting their own episode weekly. Each episode averaged over 1,600 views and over 30 comments from the trade community.
Akvavit is traditionally drunk as a cold shot — a good old skål — but these akvavit cocktail recipes show that there’s a lot more you can do with it.
Here, Michael Chiem talks about how they came to their takeaway cocktail selection, what they’re doing, and how PS40 is navigating the shutdown.
Some of the recipes below hew closely towards a classic construction with but a few ingredients, and more than a couple get geeky and utuilise fermentation techniques.
If you’ve spent much time in the Sydney bar scene, you may be familiar with Sarah Mycock. She’s has graced the floor of some of the city’s top venues, and Mycock’s resume includes stints at QT Sydney, Kittyhawk, The Lobo Plantation, and most recently PS40.
Visually arresting? You bet it is. The images are striking — those colours are something else — and the drinks are progressive and very much of the highest PS40 standards.
Luke Sanderson, national Glenfiddich ambassador, has worked closely with Thor Berquist of PS Soda and PS40 fame to create the range, each of which uses weird and wonderful ingredients from lands close to home, staying true to the ethos of PS Soda.
Inspiration comes from many places; creative types have tried to nail down the source of their muse since forever. But sometimes it’s as simple as asking the right questions.