A night of cocktails or Netflix? …Why not both!?

Hello hello! Long time no see, my apologies. Excuses and what not, you know how it is. So! Lets jump right into things.

Right now I’m currently sitting down outside, listening to the tinny patters of rain spearing down through this 19 degree cold weather. Yesterday! However – I would’ve been shielding myself in an air conditioned room to fight off the suffocating heat of 39 degrees. Melbourne, amirite?

On the topic of Melbourne weather, let me intro you to: Melbourne Weather!

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I don’t know about you, but I’m not much of a flowers person. So if I was ever to receive a gift this little box of goodies would be right up my alley! Then luckily enough, out of nowhere, this little box of goodies turned up to my work!

Sending a drink to the end of the bar to get a certain someones attention is one thing, but sending 6 drinks to someone from across the city!? This pulls right at the heart strings!

So what exactly is this magical box, and where can you acquire one? Cocktail Runner is a new up and coming mastermind that has realised the need for cocktail expertise at our front door. They go all across Melbourne, finding the top bartenders and then boxing up their skills along with all the necessary ingredient. Long were the days were you had to choose between Netflix & Chill or bar hopping – now you can have the best of both worlds!!

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Just quickly, can we please observe how cute these little bottle of bitters are!? Along with possibly the most perfect limes I ever did see, this box of wonders also comes with step by step instructions as well as an inventory list to ensure you’re not missing any little novelty umbrellas.

To make the Melbourne Weather brought to you by none other than Mr David Whitehead (Venue Manager of Polly Cocktail Bar, and all round good guy) you’re given Melbourne Tea-infused Matusalem Platino Rum, limes, ginger beer, the cutest bitters ever produced and a rainbow of cocktail umbrellas.

Step by step, after pouring the ingenious concoction of rum into the Mojito glass, after layering ice and squeezes of fresh lime, you sprinkle the top with bitters, top with ginger beer – then behold! You’ve now made a Melbourne worthy signature cocktail, and your company will be thoroughly impressed!

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So instead of planning an expensive night out on the town over this holiday period, why not plan a cocktail night in? With an extensive list to choose from, such as Basil Daiquiris, Espresso Martinis, one called Cookies and Whisky (hello…), and more! You can have a night in, with all your favourite people, all your favourite cocktails, and all your favourite shows!

For further information, jump onto http://www.cocktailrunner.com.au

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year all!

***and if any of you manage to be surprised with one of these mystery boxes, please tag @cocktailsofmelbourne so I can see everyones amazing creations! All the curious 🙂

Prost!

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Morning Sunshine! So I accidentally got my mum drunk.

I woke up this morning, walked to the fridge and stared into the chilled pantry deciding on what to forage for breakfast. The first thing that caught my eye was what I assume was a Sour Cherry jam? It’s in Greek… and as you will soon learn, I’m not.

Sour Cherry... Jam.

Sour Cherry… Jam.

I’m not sure if it was the word ‘sour’, or my dipsomania, but my first thought was …

“That… would make a cracking rum sour…”

So, as any normal person would do, I tested that theory immediately. I got out the eggs, which I thought justified the fact I was making a cocktail before 10:30am – some people like their eggs scrambled, some poached, personally I’m happy having them in a sour. I grabbed a lemon, looked at the spirits I had around me, and played bartender.

The characters in my play.

The characters in my play.

A quick tip for making the perfect sour at home – NutriBullet. If you don’t have a boston shaker (refer to previous article for example) you can either use it as a shaker, or just blend it and you have the fluffiest of cocktails which, according to the ads, also transforms into a superfood.

So!

For those playing at home:

Sour Cherry Rum Sour

As this was made quite early in the morning, I didn’t quite want to drink it. Mainly as I was so excited about it I wanted to write about it straight away, and when my fingers become tipsy that gets a little hard. So naturally I gave it to my mum, her rave review will follow. Also the only reason I added the salted caramel vodka (other than its delicious), is to add sweetness and a ‘depth of flavour’, however you can just replace it with extra agave.

Definitely a morning pick-me-up.

Definitely a morning pick-me-up.

45ml Angostura Caribbean Rum (5yo)
30ml Stoli Salted Caramel
1 tspn Sour Cherry ‘Jam’
1 tspn Agave Syrup
1/2 lemon (juiced)
1 Egg white

  1. Put all ingredients into shaker/nutribullet. If your going the superfood route, you may need to shake it a little first before blending to ensure the syrups aren’t stuck.
  2. Blend! Or shake, and if you’re shaking, dry shake (which means without ice), and you can also pat yourself on the back for getting your morning cardio out of the way. See, this cocktail just gets healthier and healthier!
  3. Fill a short glass with ice, pour in the delicious fluffy mixture and garnish with more sour cherries.
  4. Enjoy!

So a fun fact, my mum was born in Germany, specifically in the Black Forest region – thus I thought her review was a little bit cute. Also that she said this to me via facebook messenger even though she was only a room away, and they say its the kids that are bad… so this is word for word – cntrl+c, cntrl+v =

“lovely balance of creaminess sourness and alcohol that makes it hard to realize how strong the drink is.. I am lost in the Black Forrest.. ..if you suck the essence out of all the best Black Forrest Cake you have ever imbibed .. this cocktail is what you would hope to get..”

Haha cute, no!?

Anyway! Hope everyone has the loveliest of days!

Prost!

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***A few things I would like to add, as I haven’t really given anything away about myself other than the fact I may or may not like alcohol a bit too much and I’m currently in a salted caramel phase. I’m a bartender/bar manager/bar consultant (click here for evidence 😉 ) who loves the beauty and personality of alcohol. I think currently there’s been two things happening which I don’t like, the over complication of alcohol and the demonisation of it. I also study Public Health and Health Promotion majoring in Nutrition so am well aware of what alcohol does, but I also believe life should be lived in moderation, you shouldn’t take yourself too seriously, and you’re only here once so make sure to have a good time. I’ll save this for another post, or put it in the About Me (once I get around to making one) but all I’m saying is you don’t have to be a ‘mixologist’ to make a cocktail or a sommelier to enjoy wine, and don’t let a diet fad stop you from having fun. The moment I’m serving a customer who says they need a non-alcoholic option on their birthday because alcohol doesn’t fit into their #paleo regime, is the day I lose all faith in humanity. 

“In wine there is wisdom, in beer there is Freedom, in water there is bacteria.”
― Benjamin Franklin