Starward’s Next Step

Starward founder, David Vitale is ushering in the fourth wave of Australian whisky. The first began when fledgling local distillers became established in the 1860s. It lasted until Geelong’s Corio whisky packed up shop in the 1980s. Despite being infamously undrinkable – and colloquially known as ‘COR 10’ like a petrol brand […]

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Drink Me | La Cumparsita by Palermo [Recipe]

So it’s International Coffee Day. A time for all caf-fiends to join as one in celebrating their daily brew. Around here of course, we prefer to take our espresso in martini form. But any old espresso martini recipe simply will not do. So today, Palermo share the secret to their […]

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Drink Me | Za’atar Delight [Cocktail Recipe]

Don’t you just love stumbling upon a “why didn’t I think of that?” idea? In the never-ending quest for fresh yet super simple garnish ideas, I stumbled upon this spritzy, cucumber concoction by kosher bar and eatery Shiloh. They rim their glasses with middle eastern spice mix za’atar (if you can’t […]

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Drink Me | Emperor Snapper [Recipe]

  Four Pillars Distillery‘s cross country ‘Red Snapper Brunch Tour’ comes to Melbourne via Cumulus Inc. this weekend only! FP’s Director of Drinks James Irvine will showcase a quartet of inventive Red Snappers – basically gin Bloody Marys – including a warm one that is *super* limited edition with only […]

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Drink Me | Truffled Martini by Stokebar [Recipe]

Truffle season has arrived (go see our homegirl, The Prosecco Queen, at the Truffle Melbourne Festival this weekend where her Van di Vino will be slinging Truffled Spritzes and Truffled Bloody Marys). Some people “get” the fuss over truffles. Some don’t. As avowed professional gluttons we’re in the former camp. And so […]

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Drink Me | Hot Buttered Winter Gin [Recipe]

This weekend is for roaring fires, huddling in blankets and – with the welcome return of World Gin Day tomorrow – hot gin cocktails. Bass & Flinders Distillery have just released their seasonally spiced Winter Gin, spiked with apple brandy, and have kindly shared with us the secret to their Hot Buttered […]

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The Victorian Distillery Guide: Part 1

Plan a road-trip, designate a driver and raise your glasses. Here’s a guide to the best distilleries in Melbourne and regional Victoria that you can visit – this weekend perhaps? – according to Visit Victoria. Part two of the Victorian Distillery Guide is coming soon (stay tuned to DrinkMelbourne on […]

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