Melbourne’s New Cocktail Bar: Lover

Melbourne’s iconic Chapel Street has a brand new broody saloon, Lover. Words by Associate Editor, Stephanie Aikins The cocktail bar and dining experience are sparked by the collaboration of Will Newton, former Saigon Sally, and head chef Paul Turner, ex-Cutler and Co., Donovans and Qualia. Food is served until 1.00am and consists mainly of share plates,…

So Good It Would Be a Crime Not to Go: Alibi

Forget needing an excuse to go out, we’ve got you an Alibi. Sydney’s new cocktail bar in the hot waterfront destination of Woolloomooloo has got everyone talking. Words by Hannah Sparks While it might not be the first thing we’d think to mention about a venue, it’s Alibi’s 100% plant-based food offering that has ‘transpired’…

How To: Refreshing Cucumber & Elderflower Collins

Makes 4 drinks GLASS: Tall glass (plus jug) INGREDIENTS: 180ml Gin 60ml Elderflower cordial 80ml Fresh lemon juice 360ml Soda water METHOD: Add ample ice to a jug. Add gin and elderflower cordial to the jug. Squeesh the fresh lemon juice and add to the jug. Add soda water. Add fresh mint and slices of…

Go Explore: Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

SPONSORED Calling all food and drink lovers: with just under a month to go, we’ve skimmed the 300-long program of events, corralled our friends in the know and picked our top five events not to miss at this year’s Melbourne Food and Wine Festival. Prepare to wine and dine amongst famous chefs and country winemakers…

How to Make a Fig and Honey Sour

SPONSORED GLASS: Old Fashioned INGREDIENTS 30ml Esprit de Figues Liqueur 30ml Fresh lemon juice 30ml Glayva Honey Liqueur 15ml Fresh egg white METHOD: Pour the Esprit de Figues Liqueur, fresh lemon juice, Glayva Honey Liqueur and fresh egg white into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake. Add fresh ice to an Old Fashioned glass. Strain…

Lower ABV Cocktails

SPONSORED Lower ABV cocktails are great for daytime drinking. They’re lower in alcohol content and often fruity and refreshing. And remember daytime drinking is often a marathon, not a sprint, so lower ABV drinks are always a great option to have for you and your guests. ROSÉ & PINK GRAPEFRUIT SANGRIA GLASS: Stemless wine glass…

How to Make an Esprit de Fizz

SPONSORED GLASS: Champagne Flute INGREDIENTS 30ml Esprit de Figues Liqueur Champagne Lemon METHOD: Pour Esprit de Figues Liqueur into the Champagne flute. Top with Champagne. Garnish with a lemon twist. GARNISH: Lemon twist Drink Responsibly

Go explore: Wellington

Our Kiwi neighbours always seem to be doing great things, often even better than us Aussies, and we’re not just talking about the All Blacks kicking our butts. We thought it was about time to take a look at New Zealand’s capital, the other ‘Harbour City’ across the Tasman, Wellington. Jump across the ditch and…

Three NYE Cocktails Sure to Bring the Party

NYE is nearly upon us, which means there will be more than a few of you out there experiencing the last minute party rush! Keen to serve something a little different this year? Try one of our three easy to make cocktails. We promise they’ll make your party, and not just the fireworks, go off…

Alco-Pops

For most people, ice blocks and cocktails are naturally the go-to remedies to keep cool. So what if you could have both, wrapped into one delicious, refreshing treat? At explore DRINKS, we got experimenting and have created two unique alco-pop recipes, the ideal dessert when entertaining at home or the perfect treat on a hot…

Summer Seasonal Sips

SPONSORED Christmas is just around the corner! Impress your guests with our super simple, fun, fresh and fruity cocktails. Perfect to sip poolside or serve at an outdoor event, these drinks are sure- fire hits! RECIPES BEN DAVIDSON PHOTOGRAPHY RYAN STUART GLASSWARE RIEDEL & SPIEGELAU FUNNY BREAK FIZZ GLASS: Tall glass INGREDIENTS: 45ml Nusa Caña…

Say Aloha to Lost Luau

Sydney rum lovers, get to Lost Luau this summer. Popping-up at 28 York Street from 1 December, this Hawaiian-themed pop-up bar will be serving tiki style drinks and island bites until the heat abates. Take a mini-vacation from work, and sip on tropical classic cocktails adorning pineapples, coconuts and umbrellas all afternoon or evening. Feeling hungry?…