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The story of the gin-based Singapore Sling is well known: invented by bartender Ngiam Tong Boon at the Long Bar in Raffles Hotel around 1915, there are plenty of variants on the original recipe. The Fullerton Hotel Sydney brings an antipodean fling to the Sling, adding fresh ginger and hibiscus to temper its infamous sweetness. Using Australia’s own Four Pillars Gin from Victoria’s Yarra Valley and the addition of blood orange juice, it’s almost a…

It’s never too early to practice and perfect your Christmas offerings, and we feel this traditional Christmas eggnog recipe, served chilled OR warm, by Hilton Brisbane’s Executive Chef, Matthew Wood is one to get down pat. ‘Eggnog is the quintessential Christmas drink. A rich, frothy, and stiff alcoholic punch of sorts that always reminds me of sitting near a warm fire while the weather outside turns sour. However serving it as as cold drink makes…

Finally this week, some good news from Hong Kong! Billed as the highest rooftop bar in the world, Ozone has just launched an epic new cocktail menu that draws inspiration from the five elements of nature — metal, wood, water, fire and earth. Promising a tasting experience that’s worth the journey to the top of Hong Kong’s tallest skyscraper, the International Commerce Centre building in Tsim Sha Tsui, these drinks coupled with sweeping views of…

During the long and lazy summer days entertain friends with this icy- gin -fuelled gem. Makes 1 litre 1 cup water 1 cup caster sugar 6 large fresh basil leaves 1 tbsp honey 1kg watermelon flesh, roughly chopped ½ cup gin (or Seedlip non-alcoholic distilled spirit – for a  great mocktail option) Fresh watermelon balls and pomegranate seeds to serve Method 1. In a small heavy-based saucepan over a medium heat add water, caster sugar…

A collaboration of Tony Conigliaro of East London’s Drink Factory and Ashley Palmer-Watts, Chef Director of Dinner by Heston (Melbourne & London), has resulted in a cocktail list utterly unique and, in part, influenced by Australia’s maritime history. As head bartender Darren Leaney of Dinner by Heston Melbourne explains, research into the history of alcoholic beverages and cocktails in particular can be sketchy at best, but small nuggets of information can be plucked from the…