Traditionally when we talk about pairings, wine or beer springs to mind, often alongside a luxurious degustation or tapas dishes. Whether it’s a rich red alongside perfectly cooked beef, or the latest craft beer offering adding fruity notes to a pasta dish, foodies are used to certain combinations of food and alcohol on restaurant menus. Which is why sommeliers and chefs around the world are delving into the world of unique pairings - whether it’s gin, whiskey, mocktails, tea, or even vodka.
While many venues - particularly family-friendly restaurants and bars - have mock cocktails on their drink lists already, many don’t quite get them right or give them the respect that they deserve. Alcoholic cocktails may always be the favorite when it comes to your venue’s clientele, but that doesn’t mean that the humble mocktail should be undervalued or added to your drinks offerings as an afterthought.
Popping open a bottle of champagne is wonderful and decadent. The pop and hiss of the champagne bubbling away are often associated with celebrations, events or special treats. Yet, this sumptuous and often expensive tipple comes with a danger often overlooked: the cork.
Twist the bottle, not the cork is what is often invoked from the first time you hold a bottle of champagne. But we’ve done some digging to find some other quirky, and somewhat risqué, ways to open a bottle of champagne.
The coffee cocktail revolution, in particular, the Espresso Martini rise to dominance, has been one that drinkers from the casual to the elite have embraced with open arms and poised lips.
The quality of coffee products in Australia means that our capacity and production methods are second to none. When the Australian people demand the best, that’s what they are given. We all know that it only takes one bad coffee from a local hotspot for a loyal customer to bounce two shops down the road and be lost forever.
Headed into your local bar recently and noticed the abundance of gin cocktails on the menu? Ever wondered why?
Gin’s popularity has been on the rise due to three main factors: the craft beer and spirits movement, its versatility, and its affordability. It's used and loved worldwide by many (including us) and it's easy to see why.