5 of the Best Caribbean Rums

Nicaragua. Home to..? Three things stand out: firstly, good coffee, which makes up nearly a fifth of all of their exports; secondly, tarpon – okay, that may be more what stands out for me, one of the world’s greatest sports fish and one on my bucket list to see; but also more importantly, Flor de…

Go Explore: Sydney’s Newest Bar and Restaurant

Have you heard about Bar Patrón yet? This sophisticated Mexican bar and restaurant opened in Sydney’s buzzing Circular Quay yesterday and has already proven itself as a hit. Words by Editor Hannah Sparks Behind the new establishment is Rockpool Dining Group and if you haven’t already guessed it, global tequila brand Patrón. With Rockpool’s knowledge…

Five Great, Rare Rums

Great spirits. Aficionados will argue for hours about the best malt whisky, the finest Cognacs, now even the top gins. But rum? Not so much. And yet a great rum is as deserving of inclusion in any debate on the best of the spirit world. Indeed, I have made it my mission to search out…

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…

The Ever-Changing Chameleon: Four Pillars Gin

Has there ever been such an explosion of interest, the variety of production and general weirdness in the spirits world (as opposed to the spirit world) as there has been with gin over the last decade? No séance needed to predict that this is going to continue for some time. Words by drinks writer, Ken Gargett Why gin,…

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…

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…

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…

Vodka Nirvana: Tastes Like Clean Spirit

Vodka is the spirit of subtlety. It’s the spirit of nuanced flavours and smooth textures. It’s also the spirit that’s hardest to discern the differences in quality. For this issue of explore DRINKS, we want to highlight what leads to some of the refined differences in flavour between some of the leading vodkas of the…

Rainforest Re-Gin-Eration

Most of us head to Byron Bay for its kaleidoscope of breath-taking beaches, organic-chic cafés and colourful locals. Cradled in rolling hinterland, you could be forgiven for thinking this playground for the rich and famous already has everything to offer. But on a recent trip (and in search of a solution to the familiar drizzle!)…

Watch Where You Put Your Dickel

BY SCOTT MILLER My buddy Reed and I travelled to Tennessee this fall on a drinking trip with a little fishing thrown in for good measure. I’d like to say it was a fishing trip, but my unaccountable tendency towards honesty won’t let me. It would be unseemly to glorify our attempts at fly-fishing in…

Hayman’s Gin Supper Club

Bringing its iconic English gin to Australian shores this month, Hayman’s Gin, produced by England’s oldest gin distilling family, has teamed up with The Lord Dudley Hotel to give Sydneysiders the Hayman’s Gin Supper Club. This unique culinary experience combines an exquisite menu with top-quality gin in an exciting food-pairing collaboration steeped in English flair….