Gin usually bruises me more than I could ever bruise it

Wednesday, 15 August, 2012

The Martini FAQ, put together by Brad Gadberry, must be the definitive guide to all things Martini. Did you for instance know that it is possible to bruise gin?

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Shaken not stirred, there’s a party in my cocktail glass

Thursday, 1 December, 2011

Outtakes from the title sequence of How To Get Laid, a short film directed by Nik Perleros.

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A bacon and egg butty may not cure all hangovers after all

Tuesday, 21 June, 2011

The Hungover Cookbook cover

While certain meals – ones that are usually high in fat content – are said to help alleviate hangovers more effectively than others, according to a new book “The Hungover Cookbook” by Milton Crawford, this depends on the type of day-after affliction that ails you. There are it seems six varieties of hangover, and each requires a different counteractant dish

There are six varieties, he tells us, ranging from the Broken Compass (you feel disoriented, confused, and restless) to the Sewing Machine (you can’t shake that pulsating headache). Each variety of hangover comes with its own set of recommended medicine, in the form of hearty breakfast dishes like Mexican ranch-style eggs or a peanut butter, banana, and bacon sandwich.

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Draw first then pour, designing the perfect cocktail

Wednesday, 9 February, 2011

Cocktail by Fabio Rex

Brazilan designer and illustrator Fabio Rex’s all too easy on the eye visualisations of the ingredients that make up well known drinks and cocktails.

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Whoever thought alcohol could be kaleidoscopically psychedelic?

Tuesday, 22 June, 2010

And now for a photo gallery of a different sort: images of cocktails, and other alcoholic beverages, after being magnified up to one thousand times, while zooming in on their constituent molecules.

The results are surprisingly easy on the eye.

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Shaken yet not stirred while making the perfect martini

Wednesday, 9 December, 2009

Many rules, with many exceptions, seems to be the best way to describe martini making.

The variables to be found in a simple martini soon become unwieldy. It’s a fine task to match up gins and vermouths – and one we undertook with solemnity and sacrifice. In a few short hours I witnessed an English novelist’s worth of gin poured down the drain. But here’s where perfection fails. Gin lovers are loyal, change-resistant types. It soon became clear that no one combination would win. All we could do was devise a set of tools to help you seek martini greatness. We could share a martini construction set.

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Here’s a red letter date in the history of coffee: August 11, 1903

Wednesday, 12 August, 2009

Being the day US based Japanese chemist Sartori Kato found a way to produce instant coffee that had a decent shelf life, a feat others had been attempting since 1771.

Say what you will about the taste, instant coffee is fast and easy and doesn’t take much equipment. Those are big advantages to an army in the trenches or an army on the move.

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Cocktails, drinks that are in a class of their own

Tuesday, 4 August, 2009

Premium beer, top notch wine… none seem to have quite the same style as a classy cocktail.

There was a revival of the Martini in the middle 1990s, brought on by a craze for swing dancing and ring-a-ding-ding bachelor culture. But the best cocktails were not the product of the 1950s when the Rat Pack set the standard, but the 1920s when piano bars and hot jazz ruled and people changed their clothes for the evening. Our most elegant cocktails were part of the great modern revolution in design and had the same sleek lines as that era’s airplanes and motorcars.

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A new party trick to learn: making drinks that “explode”

Friday, 5 June, 2009

It seems Mentos, ice cubes, and diet Coke, can mix to form a somewhat explosive and messy beverage.

Don’t try this at (your) home.

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Sydney Blog party, Friday 12 September 2008

Wednesday, 3 September, 2008

Let’s get networking and socialising.

A drinks gathering for bloggers in Sydney is on in The Arthouse Hotel’s Gallery Bar next Friday, 12 September, from 5pm.

A contraction of the words “blog” and “meet”. The word “Blogmeet” is thought to have come into common usage around 2006, when Homo sapiens sapiens came to the realisation that their shared habit of reading and commenting on a blog, or Weblog, could also serve as the foundation for the re-introduction of a then near-to-extinct H. s. sapiens habit of a physical social gathering, or “meeting”.

Skip down to the second comment of this blog post for further details of the blogmeet. Hmm, that would be the Sydney Morning Herald agony aunt “Ask Sam” blog…

(Thanks Peter)

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