Archive for the ‘Mixed Drinks’ Category

Urban Thirst Cocktails Release New Range

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

Urban Thirst a leading producer of ready to drink cocktail mixes, has released a new range of cocktail mixes in the best looking bottle in Australia. If your looking to impress at your next dinner party or gathering or just appreciate drinking a great cocktail, Urban Thirst delivers with its Classic Cocktail range in a bespoke premium bottle.

Created from real fruit juices, all you have to do is mix your favourite spirit and serve to turn any gathering into a special occasion. Not only can the mixes be combined with your favourite spirit to suit your tastes, it is also a hot favourite mocktail. Or you can be part of the party without the spirits and enjoy a classic virgin cocktail just by using soda water.

Choose from six delicious cocktail bases, ranging from Margarita to Mojito, Strawberry Daiquiri to French Martini and On the Beach to Cosmopolitan.  The best part of all – you can enjoy these delicious premium thirst quenches without breaking the budget. Both ranges are available at Dan Murphy’s, BWS, 1st Choice, Liquorland, Thomas Dux Grocers, Peter’s of Kensington and other leading retailers from $13.99 for the Classic Cocktails and $17.95 for the Frozen Cocktail range. For more information on the range be sure to check out the Urban Thirst website.

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Cointreau rediscovers the forgotten art of the cocktail hour

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

With a retrospective nod to the past golden age of the cocktail hour, Cointreau is launching on July 14th an online guide to home entertaining and recreating the cocktail hour. Putting a modern twist on their cocktails, the Cointreau guide also covers early evening etiquette, fanciful food, sophisticated styling and all things necessary when gathering with friends for a cocktail party at home.

The Cointreau Art of the Cocktail Hour blog will educate readers how to mix and serve signature cocktails with basic tools and terminology; cocktail hour etiquette; how to host your cocktail hour with ease and sophistication; what’s in and out of food fashion; and learn tips on themeing and styling yourself and your home to perfection.


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Cointreau cocktails for this summer

Monday, November 15th, 2010

With the party season fast approaching, get into the festive spirit with some delicious Cointreau inspired cocktails. As the iconic French spirit, Cointreau has been representing style and glamour since 1849 and is a key ingredient in many classic cocktails. So whether you’re dancing the night away at a stylish Christmas party or lounging by the pool bar with friends, a Cointreau cocktail is the perfect accessory to ensure a sophisticated summer.


Pocket introduces The People’s Hour

Monday, October 18th, 2010

Looking for an after work haunt to wash away the workday? Why not stop into Pocket and experience The People’s Hour, a reinvention of the famous Italian Aperitvo. Every night from 5pm – 6pm an array of delicious aperitif cocktails will be on offer alongside a variety of complimentary appetisers at the bar.

Designed for sultry summer evenings, the selection of aperitifs accompanied by Italian style nibbles will open the palate and tease the taste buds before dinner.

“The People’s Hour is for our hardworking people, it’s that little something extra to help the day melt away. Have a cocktail or two, or three and watch the sun go down amongst good company,” said Karl Schlothauer, co-owner of Pocket.

Capturing the essence of Northern Italy where Aperitivo hails from, three new Martini cocktails have been created for the menu. Each with a different twist on the great classic cocktail the Spritz, they are guaranteed to take away the pain of the day.

A variety of tasting plates will change daily and include favourites such as olives, homemade dips and bread as well as gourmet salads, cheeses and other special Pocket delights to ward off hunger pains but not spoil a good appetite.

“In Italy Aperitivo has become a traditional art form; at Pocket we want to make our own art out of it and offer a unique experience that people want to come back for”, said Christophe Lehoux, co-owner of Pocket.

The People’s Hour is an initiative to help leave some change in your pocket. For more information on Pocket visit

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IDA Launches Three Kings Brand

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

Australian Independent Distillers (IDA) is already a significant player in the Australian alcohol market and plans to cater to the Generation Y beer-drinking male demographic with their new Three Kings label. Launching on October 11, IDA introduces Three Kings; a cross-category alcohol brand with a unique black coloured bottle featuring a vodka & ginger mix, a dry-style lager and a 100% Australian apple cider.

“The cross category play is a bold one and certainly challenges the norms of alcohol brand launches,” said
Steve Williams, Marketing Director of IDA. “By launching all three products together, the brand will be decisively positioned as one which offers three
products of equal standing. We are confident the immediate unity of a launch across categories will provide
the confidence and level of trust needed to see Three Kings succeed.”

While this venture aims to deliver to IDA a slice of the beer market, it is also responsive to a new wave of consumer – one whose choice of drink is not necessarily dictated by habit, but habitat.

“We need to acknowledge the expanding repertoires of this generation. They are no longer just beer drinkers, they drink different products for different occasions.”

“There is a need for such a brand in a rapidly evolving market and IDA has created Three Kings to appeal to this generation of men. For them, it’s not about the malt, the regionality of the water or the personality of the brewer. It’s about good times, good mates and stories that eventuate when these elements unite,” he said.“Three Kings presents a strong position which is masculine, modern and right for any occasion.”

Three Kings Dry Lager

A classic dry lager using a pale malt. Hersbrucker and Nelson Sauvin hops provide a characteristic aroma, with the latter offering up fruity, zesty notes of gooseberry and a hint of spice. The palate is dry, crisp and provides grassy notes which support a moderate and pleasing bitterness.

Three Kings Cider

A pale, cloudy appearance is followed by a sweet, fruit-forward aroma of apple. Such notes belie a crisp, fresh flavour on the palette, which showcases the well- balanced characters of acidity and fruitiness enjoyed from this quality cider consisting of 100% Australian apples.

Three Kings Vodka & Ginger

Characterized by a cloudy appearance and boasting a warm spicy aroma from ginger and a sour sweet note from apple. These aromas are echoed in the flavour profile; with a full yet refreshing  mouth feel that expresses a mild bitter flavour for complexity and the smoothness of premium vodka. A refreshingly light finish and perfect for summer.

More information about the Three Kings range can be found online at

About Independent Distillers
Founded in Auckland, New Zealand in 1987 Independent Distillers (Independent Liquor in NZ)manufactures and distributes alcoholic beverages to export markets worldwide. Independent Distillers also produces a selection of beer, wine and spirits under its own brands, and is beginning to distribute licensed brands in some markets.

A company that prides itself on being dynamic and innovative, Independent Distillers is always keen to explore new opportunities and break category norms. It has successfully been at the forefront of innovation and development of RTDs in both New Zealand and Australia and owns some of the largest brands in the Asian RTD market. Key products such as Vodka Cruiser, Woodstock Bourbon & Pulse have been a major influence in the expansion and growth of the Independent Distillers Group over the last two decades.

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Zen and the art of the perfect Martini

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

There are few cocktails in the world that invoke the image of style and refinement as the traditional Gin Martini. This is with out a doubt mainly due to the legendary figures of the 20th century that enjoyed this drink such as Winston Churchill, Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Franklin Roosevelt and Richard Nixon.

Making the perfect Martini
Ask five different Martini connoisseurs on how you should make the perfect Martini and you are likely to get five differing opinions on the exact ingredient ratios and the technique making it that should be used.

Fictional secret service agent James Bond always requested his Martini to be “shaken, not stirred”. Believe it or not though many people believe the shaking of Gin is a faux pas as the shaking action bruises the gin. One purpose behind shaking is to make a colder drink though as the spirits spend more time in contact with the ice.

One golden rule you should always use when it comes to making a great Martini is paying attention to the quality of the ingredients used. There is only three ingredients involved in this cocktail so there is no point trying to make a good Martini with below average Gin, every one of the three ingredients needs to be of the highest quality you can possibly find.


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New Smirnoff Premixed Cocktail Range

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

Smirnoff has recently released their ‘Perfect Pour’ range of premixed ready to drink cocktails. Perfect for parties, barbeques or just a quiet drink at home, you cant now enjoy your favourite cocktail concoction without the mess and the fuss of making from scratch.

The range is currently comprised of three flavours including Pomegranate Martini, Mojito and the Grand Cosmopolitan.They come ready to pour into a chilled glass and are available in all major bottle shops around the country, costing around $23 for 700mL bottle.

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Magnificent Midori For Every Occasion

Monday, November 30th, 2009


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.


  • 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.


  • 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


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!


  • 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


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.


  • 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.

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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 début 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.


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


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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