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Creative Punch Recipes For Summer

Nothing screams summer more than a fruity punch recipe, so bring together all of your favourite friends and try some of our favourite recipes below. Whether you choose to add the alcohol is completely up to your discretion, but they also taste super-refreshing without it!

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Sherbert Punch

Ingredients: frozen fruit, pineapple juice, lemonade, raspberries, strawberries, pineapple, raspberry rainbow sherbert or frozen fruits.

This is the non-alcoholic punch of the bunch and is perfect for the kids! Don’t mix it all together until the party is starting, however, as the ice-cream will melt.

5 Punch Recipes For Summer

Rainbow Slush Punch

Ingredients: ice pops (a pack of 30), ice, vodka

Empty each layer of ice pops according to colour, add the vodka, then load it up with ice to keep cool.

5 Punch Recipes For Summer

Strawberry Lime Moscato Punch

Ingredients: moscato wine, frozen limeade, strawberries, lime, lemonade

Combine the wine, frozen limeade and lemonade into a large jug or bowl. Slice the limes and strawberries to serve.

5 Punch Recipes For Summer

Mummers Punch

Ingredients: Bacardi, lime juice, lemon juice, pineapple juice, simple syrup, water, grenadine

Combine all of the ingredients into a large bowl filled with ice. Slice the lemons before serving to your guests.

5 Punch Recipes For Summer

Rum Punch

Ingredients: pineapple juice, orange juice, dark rum, coconut rum, grenadine, lime

Pour the pineapple, orange juice and rum into a jug filled with ice. Stir until combined, then garnish with grenadine and lime.

5 Punch Recipes For Summer

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June 20, 2015

TGIF: Creamy Chocolate And Hazelnut Cocktail

This chocolate and hazelnut cocktail is perfect for any occasion, whether it’s dessert at a dinner party, a cheeky TGIF beverage, or a get together with the girls. Sweet, creamy and rimmed with honey and chocolate flakes, calories will be the last thing on anybody’s mind!

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Ingredients

60ml (1/4 cup) Baileys Original Irish Cream liqueur

125ml (1/2 cup) pouring cream

2 tbsp bought chocolate sauce

1 1/2 tablespoons honey

2/3 cup ice cubes

Extra honey, to serve

Chocolate sprinkles, to serve

Method

  1. Place the Frangelico, Baileys, Kahlua, cream, chocolate sauce, honey and ice cubes in the jug of a blender. Blend until smooth.
  2. Place extra honey in a bowl. Place chocolate sprinkles on a plate.
  3. Dip the rim of each serving glass in honey, then in chocolate sprinkles to coat.
  4. Divide the cream mixture among the glasses to serve.

Recipe via Taste

June 19, 2015

Must Try Hidden/Underground Bars in Sydney

A good cocktail is hard to come by, but finding a bar which isn’t crowded at 5pm is another hassle in itself. We are sharing the love and shouting out some of our favourite hidden or underground bars in the Sydney CBD and surrounding suburbs that you must visit… If you can find them, that is!

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Marble Bar

Basement 1/488 George Street Sydney

Technically this bar is quite well known since it’s part of the Hilton Hotel, but you do have to take a lift downstairs to find it. The heritage listed bar dates back to 1893 and features delicious cocktails and live music.

Must-Try Hidden/Underground Bars in Sydney

The Wild Rover

75 Campbell Street Surry Hills

The Wild Rover gives an entirely different meaning to a hidden bar – just make sure you keep your eyes peeled! The security guards at the front of two large wooden doors will allow you to enter this 2-storey bar that’s ideal for a cocktail, or two. Go straight for the cocktail list and ask for a Pash and Dash.

Must-Try Hidden/Underground Bars in Sydney

Stitch Bar

61 York Street Sydney

Blink and you might miss the sewing machine which is a dead giveaway for this stunning underground bar. Go through the wooden saloon doors and down the stairs to be led to a world of smokey cocktails and yummy food. The Smoking Rocket is a must-have if you’re looking for a signature cocktail, with whiskey, tequila, and a slice of chilli for an extra kick of flavour.

Must-Try Hidden/Underground Bars in Sydney

Eau de Vie

229 Darlinghurst Road, Darlinghurst

While Eau de Vie technically doesn’t have any signs, it’s always packed to the brim with patrons waiting for one of the best cocktails in Australia. We’re not kidding. Ask for the Noble Experiment which is made with nitrogen, or a fruity Yuzu Mule with tequila instead of vodka. You’ll thank us later!

Must-Try Hidden/Underground Bars in Sydney

The Baxter Inn

Basement 152-156 Clarence Street Sydney

Voted as one of Sydney’s best bars (for real) this place is known for it’s smokey scotches and port wines. Situated in a back alleyway and under 2 flights of stairs, the 1950’s music is welcoming and the bartenders basically all sport a cool moustache.

Must-Try Hidden/Underground Bars in Sydney

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June 18, 2015

TGIF: 7 Modern Martini Recipes

Although a classic martini cocktail is usually made from gin and vermouth, we’re changing the game a little and suggesting a few variations which everyone can enjoy.

RELATED: Harris Vanilla Espresso Martini Recipe

Create these delicious cocktails for a dinner party, casual drinks, or even a get-together, and impress your friends at the same time!

Lavender Martini

Ingredients: Creme de violette, gin, vodka, St. Germaine, lavender

If you prefer your beverage on the sweeter side, this lavender martini certainly won’t disappoint. Add all of the ingredients into a cocktail shaker, throw in some ice and shake well for at least 30 seconds. Don’t forget to garnish with a few sprigs of fresh lavender as well.

7 Tasty Martini Recipes

Pineapple Coconut Martini

Ingredients: Pineapple juice, gin, coconut rum, vanilla extract, lime juice, lillet

Try this fruity martini cocktail featuring delicious pineapple juice, which is sure to please everyone’s taste palette. Serve with something on the salty side such as pretzels or mixed nuts.

7 Tasty Martini Recipes

Marshmallow Martini

Ingredients: Fluffed marshmallow vodka, Tres Leches liqueur, white chocolate Godiva liqueur, half and half, gin

Okay, we know it’s not quite Christmas yet, but this yummy marshmallow martini just couldn’t wait until December (or even July). Made with delicious marshmallow vodka, it’s a rich beverage that isn’t exactly ideal if you’re watching those calories.

7 Tasty Martini Recipes

Grapefruit Martini

Ingredients: Gin, St Germain liqueur, grapefruit juice, grapefruit wedge, thyme

Combine all of the ingredients into a shaker with some ice, then pour through a strainer directly into a martini glass. If you’re feeling extra creative, rim the glass with the wedge for additional flavour.

7 Tasty Martini Recipes

Raspberry Limeade Martini

Ingredients: Raspberry or plain vodka, lemonade, raspberry garnish, lime or lemon slice

With only 4 ingredients, this is the perfect cocktail to create if you just don’t have time on your side. Pour the vodka and lemonade into a shaker with a few ice cubes. Strain into a martini glass, and garnish with raspberry, lime or lemon.

7 Tasty Martini Recipes

French Pear Martini

Ingredients: St Germain elderflower liqueur, pear vodka, champagne, granulated sugar, lemon wedge, pear

The perfect party cocktail which takes less than 5 minutes to create and tastes absolutely amazing. If you can’t get your hands on pear flavoured vodka, use something which is equally as fruity – no one will even notice the difference!

7 Tasty Martini Recipes

Bachelor’s Button Martini Cocktail

Ingredients: Sugar, water, carnation petals, gin, Lillet Blanc, simple syrup, lemon juice, egg white

So, we’ve left the best until last. This springtime cocktail features all the best parts of a classic cocktail – gin, egg white and carnation petals.

7 Tasty Martini Recipes

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April 24, 2015

Top 5 Cocktail Bars In Sydney CBD

Are you a Sydney local who fancies a drink (or two) after a long day at the office?

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Look no further! We have tracked down some of the cities best cocktail bars to unwind at with an after-work beverage, and all of which you can really let your hair down until it’s time to do it all over again.

The Baxter Inn

Where: Basement, 152-156 Clarence Street, Sydney

We recommend: Whiskey and Fresh Apple Juice

Often hailed as one of the best cocktail bars in the entire city, there is no way you can be disappointed with a statement like that. While the focus is on whiskey and wine, the bartenders specialise in all kinds of cocktails and the 1950s music is sure to get you in the party mood – that is, if you can find the underground bar.

Top 5 Cocktail Bars in Sydney CBD

Eau de vie

Where: 229 Darlinghurst Road, Darlinghurst

We recommend: The Noble Experiment

Located in the bustling suburb of Darlinghurst, Eau de Vie serves up some of the most interesting cocktails in the entire city. There’s no chance of ever getting bored in this establishment, just take a look and see how your cocktails are made!

Top 5 Cocktail Bars in Sydney CBD

The Butler

Where: 123 Victoria Street, Potts Point

We recommend: Air France

Although The Butler is a relatively new bar located just east of the city centre, it deserves a visit for more than just its views of the Royal Botanical Gardens. With a long list of cocktails, which are sure to land you Instagram’s popular feed, they are accompanied by a tasty cuisine of modern Australian food.

Top 5 Cocktail Bars in Sydney CBD

Stich Bar

Where: 61 York Street, Sydney

We recommend: The Smokey Rocket

If you’re ever working near Wynyard, then Stitch Bar is the place to be. With a broad range of cocktails on offer, there is bound to be something you like. Definitely try The Smoking Rocket if you love a gentle fusion of whiskey and tequila with a pinch of lime and chilli.

Top 5 Cocktail Bars in Sydney CBD

Gazebo Wine Garden

Where: 2 Elizabeth Bay Road, Elizabeth Bay

We recommend: Giggly Rose

You’ve probably made it to the Winery in Surry Hills before, but nothing beats the charm that is Gazebo Wine Bar. If the French garden isn’t enough to lure you in, then the cocktails will.

Top 5 Cocktail Bars in Sydney CBD

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April 2, 2015

Cocktail For The Weekend: Rhubarb and Berry Sour

This refreshing cocktail from rooftop hotspot Cafe Sydney is perfect for anyone who likes a touch of sour in their drink.

 

Ingredients
60ml Chambord

30ml Fresh pressed lemon juice

10ml Sugar syrup

Dash of Rhubarb Bitters

Egg White

Method

Dry shake to whisk then shake with ice and single strain into a cocktail flute. Garnish by squeezing lemon zest oils over the drink for aromatics.

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March 9, 2012

Cocktail For The Weekend: Royal Cha-Cha

How delicious (and decadent) does this look? Award-winning bartender Jason Soto serves The Royal Cha Cha cocktail at Sydney’s Wildfire Restaurant – why not try your hand making it this weekend?

Ingredients

30ml Chambord

20ml vodka

10ml egg whites

10ml lemon juice

20ml rhubarb, vanilla & apple puree

Method

Shake over ice and serve in a martini glass.

Garnish with a raspberry powder and melted marshmallow.

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March 2, 2012

Cocktail For The Weekend: Cointreau Caress

What has only 2 ingredients, and tastes like a liquid chocolate orange cake? The Cointreau Caress is just the cocktail when you want something sweet and indulgent.

 

Ingredients

75ml Cointreau

75ml Irish cream liqueur

Method

Pour the ingredients into a tumbler glass. Sprinkle grated dark chocolate over the top.

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January 20, 2012

Cocktail For The Weekend: Chambord Mimosa

The weekend has landed and that means brunch. Whether you prefer granola and egg white omelettes or the full English, nothing goes down lovelier than a sparkling Chambord Mimosa.

For each mimosa:

1/2 oz Chambord Liqueur

Fresh orange juice

Champagne or sparkling wine

Add Chambord Liqueur and orange juice to bottom of flute glass. Top with Champagne.

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January 13, 2012

How To Match Christmas Food With Wine

So you’ve stocked the fridge with bubbly and someone’s brought a bottle of rose, and hold on, Aunty Mary will only drink Shiraz. How do you match Christmas food and wine? Easy, just follow our dish-by-dish pairing guide.

 

Canapés

Most finger foods go well with sparkling wine or Champagne. Our tip? Have a few extra bottles of bubbly in the ice bucket as it always goes down quicker than you plan.

Seafood

Try a refreshing riesling or sauvignon blanc.

Creamy pasta and chicken

Verdelho or viognier have lovely textures that match white meat and cream-based entrees.

Christmas ham

A buttery chardonnay that’s not too heavy on the oak is a great partner for sweet, succulent ham.

Roast pork or turducken

Merlot or tempranillo pair well with roasted white meat.

Roast beef

Open up a bottle of Shiraz before the meal and let this heavy hitter breathe, then sit back and enjoy the feast!

Vegetarian dishes and salads

Rose is amazing with summer vegetables, herbs and stir-fried greens.

Christmas pudding

Young ports aren’t as cloying as more mature vintages, but still allow you to relish the sumptuous fruit and spice flavours of traditional pudding.

Cheese plate

Gewürztraminer has lovely aromatics that pair beautifully with the richness of cheese.

Pavlova and summer desserts

A dry Champagne goes hand-in-hand with summer fruit, light pastries and pavlova.

December 22, 2011

5 Favourite Sexy Cocktails

Warning: save these potent drinks for a laugh with friends, not to serve when the in-laws drop by!Screaming Orgasm Generously pour equal parts of Baileys, Vodka, Kahlua. Stir over ice and strain into glass.

Sex on the Beach

1 oz. Vodka, 3/4 oz. Peach Schnapps, 3/4 oz. Chambord. Then add a splash each of pineapple juice, orange juice, cranberry juice. Shake well and serve.

Slow Comfortable Screw Up Against the Wall

3/4 oz. each: gin, vodka, Southern Comfort and Galliano. Add a splash of orange juice Shake and pour in large glass. Garnish with an orange slice and cherry or strawberry.

Slippery Nipple

Equal parts of: Sambucca & Baileys. Layer in a shot glass.

Tie Me To The Bedpost

1/2 oz. each of: Midori, Absolut Citron, Malibu Rum. Shake with ice and strain into chilled cocktail glass.

March 1, 2000