The Rogue Negroni is a lightweight Negroni, perfect for introducing someone that doesn’t drink Negronis. The Bold Red is a semi dry vermouth lead by Australian native botanicals. It compliments the softer Italian aperitif, Aperol (compared to Campari).
The addition of smoke adds depth to classic cocktails and an innovative twist to new creations. Whether a drink is shaken, stirred, or simply served neat, adding smoke to spirits is relatively easy with the techniques outlined in the videos below.
The Alabama Slammer, also know as the Southern Slammer, is an easy to drink and interesting mix of Southern Comfort, Amaretto and Sloe Gin with orange juice. Speculation is that it was made at the University of Alabama back in 1975.
The Singapore Sling is a variation on a classic Gin Sling and was first created around 1915 at the Long Bar in the Raffles Hotel, Singapore. And again, there are many different recipes and opinions on how to make the perfect Singapore Sling but this is one of my favourites.
Most recipes will specifically call for one of three, the one best suited to the balance of the drink and it’s flavour profile. If you are making a cocktail that calls for a cherry brandy (ie. the Singapore Sling) then I’d recommend utilising either Kirsch or Cherry Heering.
Melbourne bartender from the Black Pearl, Chris Hysted, first created the Death Flip cocktail around 2010. This variation on a flip is a herbaceous mix of Blanco Tequila, Yellow Chartreuse and Jagermeister – a smooth, creamy texture with a punch of flavour.
Straining a shaken cocktail elevates the texture by removing pips, pulp and smaller ice shards. Straining a stirred cocktail is as important, removing smaller ice shards which will add extra dilution to a spirit-forward cocktail and potentially throw off the balance that you’ve worked hard to achieve.
As a rule of thumb (and of course there are exceptions), drinks that contain juice, cream or eggs should be shaken. A few examples are the daiquiri, whiskey sour, tom collins (best to top with soda after shaking and straining), cosmopolitan and margarita.
Find out why and what cocktails to shake. Learn how to shake a cocktail, separate a cocktail shaker and serve impressive drinks. If you follow a few simple tips then you’ll find it relatively easy to shake and strain your drink.
Creation of veteran Australian bartender Grant Collins. Grant has released a cocktail book titled Mix It Up as well as open venues and tailored menus for several iconic cocktail bars such as The Collins Bar at the Hilton in Adelaide, The Powder Keg in Potts Point and most recently, Olio Kensington St.