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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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 www.pocketsydney.com.au

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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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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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Audreys Wish

Monday, July 13th, 2009

The much loved Manly local Audrey Myrden in March this year was delivered the devastating news that she was suffering from Glioblastoma Multiforme (an aggressive brain tumor). Audrey’s case is unfortunately considered terminal and very rare. But despite the odds Audrey is determined to fight it. Afraid of leaving her young boys to grow up without their ‘mummy’ and her husband a widower she has shown an immense amount of courage in her battle. To find out the full details of the families plight, you should read Audrey’s story posted over at her blog on the Audrey’s wish website.
I have personally known Audrey for around 9 years and had the pleasure working along side her at the Barking Frog Cafe, in 2001. She is a fantastic lady with a heart of gold, who in this case has unfortunately been dealt a rough hand. To help ease the financial burden on the Myrden family covering medical bills and the upkeep of the young boys a couple of fund raising events are coming up, which need your support!

July 30th Golf Day: This may fall on a weekday, but if you love your golf this is a rare opportunity to play the Manly course not to be missed! The fun kicks off at 10am on the green, and is followed by a cocktail reception at 5pm. Tickets are $185 per person for the full day or $75 per person for just the cocktail reception, check out the site for the full details.

August 15th Benefit: A fashion parade and cocktail evening at the International College of Management Sydney in Manly. This black tie evening should be great with fashion, entertainment and silent auctions! Tickets are $75 per person, bookings can be made along with the full details of the event over at the Audrey’s Wish site.

Donations can also be made at the Audrey’s Wish website, for those that can’t make the events but would like to show their support for this well loved Manly family.

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iShot machine iPhone / Ipod Touch App

Monday, June 15th, 2009

Ever been left unattended in a bar full of booze and not been able to decide what to drink? No either have i, but if in some strange parallel universe this scenario was to happen i would have no trouble deciding on a tasty shot to drink with the iShot machine application.
After installing the application on an Apple iPhone or iPod touch, simply load it up, shake the device, the reel of the old school style pokie will start spinning and you will be presented with the recipe for a shot to drink.
You can then add the selected shot to your favorites list and rate it, the rating is uploaded to a central server for a social drinking 2.0 feel. If you don’t like the random approach to choosing a drink you can always just browse the drinks database, which contains the recipes for over 3,000 shooters.
Your search over the database can even further be refined to limit the recipes returned to certain types of spirits to match your tastes and spirit types to hand. At $2.49 AUD this app won’t cost you the earth and if you like drinking shots or the challenge of making them, i think its worth the purchase just for a mobile database of shot recipes.

iTunes Link: iShot Machine page
Publisher: Oasys Mobile

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