How To Make A Cherry Blossom Sidecar Cocktail

Heading to the Yarra Valley’s Cherry Hill Blossom Festival this weekend? Why not bring the spirit of the festival home with you by whipping up this delicious cocktail inspired by the iconic Japanese blossom! Glass: Coupette glass Ingredients: 30ml   Martell VSOP Cognac 20ml   Lillet Rosé Aperitif 10ml   Elderflower cordial 20ml   Fresh lemon juice 30ml…

A New Bar With a Wild Culture

Odd Culture is a wild ale and natural wine bar located in Darlinghurst. It is the brainchild of brothers, James and Josh Thorpe who have teamed up with Jordan Blackman, previously of Chin Chin and Ananas, as bar manager and Tom Evans, previously of Royal Albert and Wayward, as venue beverage manager.  The quirky farmhouse…

A Foreign Affair: Australia’s Love of Champagne Rosé

WORDS BY STEPHANIE AIKINS It’s hard to deny there is something of a love affair between Australians and French cuisine. It was one of the first foreign foods to land on our shores (thanks to the wave of post-WWII immigrants) and for decades it has been the pinnacle of fine dining in the Australian psyche. …

How To Make Rum Punch

It’s National Rum Punch Day! explore DRINKS has the perfect recipe to get you in the ‘spirit’ (pun intended). Ideal for entertaining on those warm nights, we reckon this is one recipe you’ll be pulling out time and time again this season! Makes approx. 5 Drinks GLASS: Punch Bowl INGREDIENTS: 250ml Freshly squeezed lime juice 250g…

The Perfect Pair: Rosé and Food Matches for Spring

WORDS BY KEN GARGETT If wine itself is subjective, then matching food and wine is even more so. My view has long been that if you like the wine and you like the food then there is a fair chance, you’ll have a good overall experience. I also think that this is the one subject…

Sydney’s Cracker Craft Beer Festival Oktoberwest is Back!

Oktoberfest doesn’t have to be all tacky fake lederhosen and tasteless gigantic beers… Sydney’s Inner West Brewery Association is injecting some street cred to the worldwide beer event by uniting eight of the local craft breweries for two days of live music, unique brews, food trucks, games and more. Craft superstars Young Henrys, Willie the…

Go Explore: The Australian Cider Festival

Cider buffs rejoice! The Australian Cider Festival will be back for its sixth year in October, with over 20 craft cider producers showing off more than 100 local and international brews. Visitors will be treated to unlimited free tastings, cider-matched food, masterclasses and live entertainment as well as have the opportunity to meet the cider…

Hop To Hobart Brewing Co.’s Festival of Hops This October!

Come on, get hoppy! Hobart Brewing Co.’s annual festival of hops is back for another year of live music, food and seriously good beer. On Saturday 20th October, head on down to the brewery and taproom at Macquarie Point, Hobart and celebrate all things hops, with beers showcasing the flavour versatility of varieties from across…

Eat, Drink: East Malvern Food & Wine Festival

Now in its third year, the East Malvern Food & Wine Festival will be taking over the suburb’s Central Park for a day of delicious wines, craft beers and ciders and quality local produce. Last year’s event saw over 3,000 Melbournians descend on the festival to sample more than 100 wines, craft beers and ciders…

Get To: Rutherglen In The City This September

It’s an all too familiar feeling: spring has sprung, the smell of fresh flowers and cut grass hangs is in the air, and you begin dreaming of that perfect getaway. Likely a dream is all it can be for the moment, as the freedom of the summer months is still a while off. That doesn’t…

High Five: Henschke’s New Releases

In this column, we are going to talk about Henschke. We are not, however, going to talk about their most famous wine, as any mention of it is under embargo for some time to come. Now that might pose a problem for many producers, but not these guys. They have fabulous wines coming out the…