Archive for November, 2009

Magnificent Midori For Every Occasion

Monday, November 30th, 2009

Midori

Originally launched in 1978 to the Australian market, Midori has since grown to become a liqueur no cocktail cabinet is complete without. Created from melon puree, Midori exhibits distinctive melon and tropical fruit flavours that are not overpowering, making it a versatile mixer.
A bottle costs around $30 in Sydney bottle shops so if you don’t have a bottle at home already why not pick one up and try some of these great tasting mixed drinks for yourself.

Caribbean Sunset

Summer is just around the corner and this is one of those mixed drinks which are simply unbeatable during the hotter weather.

Ingredients

  • 30mL Midori
  • 30mL White rum
  • 90mL Ruby red grapefruit juice

Build over ice in a tall glass and serve.

Love Junk

This drink took out 1st prize at the Sydney Cocktail Championship in 1991 and afterwards experienced a loyal following through the rest of the 1990’s.

Ingredients

  • 30mL Midori
  • 30mL Peach schnapps
  • Apple juice

Pour the ingredients into a glass over ice, and gently stir and then garnish with a slice of apple.

Japanese Slipper

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Despite its name this drink is an all Australian creation, and was invented in 1984 by Jean-Paul Bourguignon at Mietta’s Restaurant in Melbourne. It is very easy to make and the citrus bite works wonders with the smooth Midori flavour!

Ingredients

  • 6 Ice cubes crushed
  • 30mL Midori
  • 30mL Cointreau
  • 15mL Fresh lemon Juice (Can be substituted for lime juice if preferred)
  • 1 Maraschino Cherry

Place the cherry, into a chilled Martini style glass. Put the ice into a cocktail shaker, then add the other ingredients, shake well and strain into the glass before serving.

Midori Illusion

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Think back to the early years of this decade, these were all the rage at night clubs, they cost around $7 and the bar person gave it to you in a plastic shaker to drink. Those carefree days may be gone, but that doesn’t mean you can’t relive your misspent youth, right in the comfort of your own home.

Ingredients

  • 60mL Midori
  • 15mL Cointreau
  • 15mL Vodka
  • 60mL Pineapple juice
  • 30mL Lemon juice
  • Ice

Add all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker, shake well then strain into shot glasses.

For more recipes and information on what is happening in the world of Midori this summer be sure to check out the Adore Midori website.

Burleigh Brewing Company – Hefeweizen 5% Alcohol

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

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I have said and i will say it again Wheat beer is not my favourite genre, but it was hot today an i felt like trying something a bit different so i decided to crack a bottle of the Burleigh Brewing Companies Hefeweizen. Pouring into a glass the beer greets you with a clear pale straw coloured liquid a medium amount of carbonation covered with a white head around 1 – 1/2cm tall. The aroma was pretty good and consisted of wheat, coriander, cloves and citrus, mostly lemon and lime. One the palate this brew was light with pepper, clove and lime notes ending clean with an mild honey aftertaste.

Verdict: Once again not my favourite style but this number is very refreshing and fairly drinkable on a hot summers day. This beer is a limited release so if you come across it by all means give it a go!

Score: 6.8 / 10

Link: Burleigh Brewing Company

Steam Exchange – Steam Ale 4.8% Alcohol

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

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Steam beer as a style is fairly old and harks back to the early days of the Californian Gold Rush. In the 1840’s the popularity of lager beer was growing and after a hard day trying to strike their fortune in the hills a good portion of the miners wanted a nice refreshing crisp lager to unwind with. The problem was lager requires cold temperatures during its fermentation and maturation and California in the days before refrigeration didn’t have have access to the same climate as the caves found in lager’s native Germany. Brewers therefore eventually got desperate and tried using lager yeast in their brews anyway whilst fermenting as normal at the same temperatures Ale is made at, resulting in the creation of Steam Beer! Some people didn’t mind it in the end, and in some areas it even caught on and became sought after.

The Steam Exchange brewery is situated in South Australia at Goolwa and given the name of the brewery it seems only appropriate for them to make a “Steam Beer”. Decanting a bottle into a glass displays a clear bronze coloured liquid, with a fairly high level of carbonation and a nice large creamy head riding atop. The head ended up being 3 – 4cm’s tall and took a good 5 minutes to die right down to a nice lace covering.

This beer is brewed in open fermenters which i think contributes a lot to the complexity of the brew’s aroma. It is sensational with toffee, caramel, mango, melon, nectarine, floral and citrus notes being fairly easy to detect. On the palate this beer is big and malty with a big hop hit that starts at the front of the palate and seems to increase all the way to the back. A lot of the flavours are contributed by the malt with butterscotch, caramel and brown sugar leading the way but herbal and citrus notes also accompany.

Verdict: Great aroma, very easy to drink yet complex enough to keep you interested. I loved this beer very tasty!

Rating: 8.1 / 10

Link: http://www.steamexchange.com.au/

The Cointreau Blush – Unrivalled Refreshment!

Saturday, November 14th, 2009

Summer is almost here and with the warmer weather comes the need to mix up something more refreshing than normal to help battle the heat. Meet the Cointreau Blush, this summer it will be making its d├ębut in many bars around Sydney, designed especially for the Australian summer this number tastes fresh, tangy and is extremely refreshing.
You don’t have to leave home to enjoy this cocktail though, like most great mixed drinks this one shines with simplicity. All of the ingredients can be found at your local supermarket and kept in the fridge without having to worry about spoilage (the lime is the exception) making it a great drink for unwinding after a long work day.

Ingredients

  • 30mL Cointreau
  • 1 Fresh lime
  • Pink grapefruit juice
  • Soda Water

Assembly

Take a long glass add your Cointreau and some ice, a dash of soda water, some lime juice, then top up with the grapefruit juice, garnish with a lime slice and your done! You may want to play with the amount of soda water added according to your personal preferences though. I found the cocktail a bit tart for my liking with just a dash of soda, the addition of bit more took the edge off the tartness though and made it very easy to enjoy!

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Kosciuszko Pale Ale 4.5% Alcohol

Friday, November 13th, 2009

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Dr Chuck Hahn has recently left his post at the Malt Shovel Brewing Company and headed up to the Snowy Mountains to setup the Kosciuszko Brewing Company which falls under the Lion Nathan umbrella. Based at the Banjo Paterson Inn, and the Brewery can boast being the highest brewery in Australia!

Cracking a bottle and pouring it into a glass i was greeted by light amber coloured liquid with a nice tightly packed creamy white head around 1.5 – 2 cm in height which died away fairly quickly. The aroma of this brew is fairly inviting with brown sugar, toffeee and apple notes. On the palate the beer had a medium mouth feel, taste-wise it leads with toffee, caramel notes. Herbal and floral notes come through about mid palate as the hops assert their presence in the piece and toward the back honey accompanied with apple, melon and the odd hint of banana can be noticed. The beer finishes fairly dry with a slightly sweet tangy after-taste that is not at all unpleasant.

Verdict: Not bad but nothing fantastic either its a pale ale thats drinkable enough but nothing you would head too far out of your way to get.

Score: 7.2 / 10

Link: The Banjo Paterson Inn

VB Raw – 4.5% Alcohol

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

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All the major breweries around the country are try to get drinkers attention of late claiming their new beer is extra pure, extra tasty and has less carbs than your run of the mill domestic brew. VB Raw is the Fosters entrant to the market place which attempts to throw off the image of VB as not being hip and with the times for Gen Y drinkers.
The bottle is green in colour and looks slightly like a Heineken bottle, so i think the marketers are aiming for it to look like an import rather than part of the domestic line up. Decanting the bottle into a glass gave a smallish white head around 1 cm in height floating above a bright clear golden coloured liquid. The carbonation level seemed a bit above average and the aroma had nothing really going on bar a very faint malt sweetness which i noticed came across as a bit “ciderish” later on after it had a chance to warm up a bit.

On the palate this beer is not very inspiring it has slight sweetness a bit of crispness that appears around the front of the palate the taste does seem to change throughout the beer however but it seems very hard to put your finger on how the taste changes.

Verdict: This beer aims to convince us it contains all malt and no sugar like a craft beer, has less carbs than your average brew and finishes dry clean and crisp like a Tooheys Dry, but seems to do all these things half heartedly. That said i was talking to friend about it the other day and he said he could see it being a good session beer for a hot afternoon. Personally though i can see myself reaching for a case of the original VB in the bottlo cool room before buying the Raw.

Rating: 4.1 / 10

Link: http://www.vbraw.com.au/ (Warning Flash based site)

Where to buy: Any mainstream bottle shop around Sydney should have it in stock.