The Capri

The Capri

I still seem to be chasing the gin here in Bali! For lunch we visited a Bar / Restaurant that is literally just over the road from our villa; The Straw Hut part of the Kresna Villas & Suites – and again I couldn’t skip past the cocktail of gin and, more excitingly, limoncello – … Continue reading

El Rio

El Rio

I love the tropics, I really do – but somehow I tend to choose non-tropical cocktails as my starting point. Sometimes you just need the froth and frizz of pineapple and mango and lychee and every other fruit, but more often than not these concoctions tend to be more a sweet fruit juice than to … Continue reading

Blood & Bitter Martini

Blood & Bitter Martini

We are currently holidaying in Bali! The steamy air, beach sounds and lazy / easy access to cocktails has been what has reinvigorated my want to blog on cocktails – particularly after a busy year so far. Very near to where we are staying is The Junction – a fantastic looking restaurant / ┬ábar bedecked … Continue reading

Avocado Margarita

Avocado Margarita

It’s been a while! Last year I posted several margaritas that we tested on a family board-game afternoon – one of these I was particularly looking forward to was the Avocado Margarita. Inspired by several posts of avocado smoothies, and the schmaltzy retro avocado and prawn cocktail starters of decades gone by, I wanted the … Continue reading

Peppered Strawberry Margarita

Peppered Strawberry Margarita

We’re heading into what seems likely to be a beautiful summer! What’s a simpler dessert than the near-to-classic strawberries macerated in a little balsamic, a whole lot of moscato and a good crack of black pepper (work with me, it’s a classic.) Lace a fancy glass with a some of this mixture and a perfect … Continue reading

Dark ‘N Stormy

Dark ‘N Stormy

Well it’s been quite a while between drinks, indeed! Around a month ago we settled on our new house, and with the whirlwind of moving, living without internet, unpacking, cleaning, gardening and more cleaning it’s nearly Christmas! A high priority on the to do list was to brew my own ginger beer using a family … Continue reading

Dark-berry Margarita

Dark-berry Margarita

Time for another margarita? Yes, I think so too. This was one of the several margaritas planned for a lazy Sunday. I don’t think I’ll need to wait for another Sunday to want one of these, though. I was previously going to make this blueberry and mint, but after chancing upon some inexpensive blackberries in … Continue reading

Raspberry and Basil Margarita

Raspberry and Basil Margarita

We recently had family over on a lazy Sunday for some drinks and over-complicated board games. What a perfect occasion to try out some frozen margarita recipes I’ve had ear-marked here and there! The intent for many of these, was to capture some of the flavours I have either seen around and about on the … Continue reading

Pear Sangria

Pear Sangria

By using sangria in the name for this drink, I mean only that “I put some wine and fruit in a jug and served it to thankful people.” I’m sure that’s so very far from the literal translation, but it is surely a figurative tradition based definition for sangria; I can just imagine now fragrant … Continue reading

Cucumber Cosmopolitan

Cucumber Cosmopolitan

I tried in vain to get the recipe for the amazing Cucumber Cosmopolitan I had at Siam@Siam, and since my return to a bitter and wet Melbourne winter have tried to recreate the bliss of sipping this potion on the “porch” of our hotel in the Bangkok heat. I’ve seem numerous recipes online that call … Continue reading