The Dirty Land’s new bar manager Jack Moloney puts an exotic spin on the classic Mai Tai for autumn.
30ml Pussers Overproof Rum15ml Grand Marnier15ml Kraken Black Spiced Rum15ml Orgeat syrup15ml fresh lime juice45ml pineapple juice
Chill a 12oz short glass with ice. Add all the ingredients apart from the Kraken Black Spiced Rum to an ice-filled shaker. Shake until frothy, tip ice out of glass and double strain over fresh ice. Layer Kraken Black Spiced Rum over top by pouring down a bar spoon. Garnish with a mint sprig and a wedge of lime....
Put winter on ice with The Dirty Land’s alcohol alchemist Adam Wood’s take on a classic espresso martini.
30ml Galliano Ristretto20ml vodka30ml espresso5ml Galliano Vanilla5ml GallianoAmaretto
Fill a martini glass with ice and leave to chill. Half fill a shaker with ice, add all ingredients and shake vigorously. Empty ice out of the glass and strain the mix into glass. Garnish with three roasted coffee beans....
Sugarhorse is open! The new offering from Pete Rathod, formerly of Sumner favourite The Thirsty Marriner, is something quite different in character to that venerable seaside institution – a tapas bar with a bit of swank and style that nonetheless retains a welcoming, easygoing vibe. With breakfast, lunch and dinner all on offer, and plenty of tasty snacking options available in-between times, it's a great place both to dine or simply to down a drink or two and while away some pleasant hours.
Ask about their eponymous cocktail - it's an original stumped up by Logan Merrett, a heady, creamy mix of violets and fruit. While you're polishing one off, you can ask about the story of the "Sugarhorse" name, which involves a ship that made a tricky journey from Sydney to Lyttelton, her cargo, and the fate thereof...
It goes perfectly with a plate or two from the...
Sick of not being able to source the fancy ingredients to pull off a slick cocktail or jazz up your dinner party?
Swing by the epicureans at Decant in Riccarton where a huge range of French and European wines sits alongside more than 20 varieties of French cheese (think Bleau d'Auvergne and Comte) and escargots, foie gras, caviar, and Confit de Canard (duck in a can). This gourmand’s go-to not only takes the ‘hard to get’ out of ‘hard to get wine’, but also stocks a tastebud-tickling selection of exotic liqueurs and spirits the likes of Calvados, Armagnac, Martin Millers, Pineau de Charentes, Pommeau, Ratafia, Pastis and Gentiane while an on-site café supplies instant gratification.
Decant 61 Mandeville Street, Riccarton 03 343 1945 www.decantwine.co.nz...
Cityscape trawls the watering holes along the city’s hottest party scene – we’ve also thrown in a few food matches where applicable (‘cos we’re responsible like that!). Victoria Street has been a focal point for the rebirth of the city's hospitality scene post-quake, with a wide range of bars/restaurants now open and more to follow in the early part of the new year. Cityscape runs 'em down for you ahead of your next big Friday night.
Carlton Though technically not on Victoria Street, we'll bend the rules for this legend reborn, which offers some banging live music on Friday and Saturday nights.
Smash Palace Under the sun fun pairing demo-chic, service from a bar bus and crazy-good made-from-scratch burgers.King of Snake The venue that started it all! We’ll never get sick of the Millionaire Mojito (no matter how many we drink!) or crispy pressed half duck with caramelized mandarin sauce.Mexicano’s...
Looking for the next big thing in summer swilling that’s super easy to fix, crazy refreshing and guaranteed to blow your guests’ hair back? Then it’s time to turn back the clock, tap into a swinging classic and get your Aperol Spritz on. The go-to drink over the European summer, the revival of this thirst-quenching elixir knocked summer perennial Pimm’s off its perch during its recent blitz of Europe.
Passing the Cityscape road test with flying colours and resembling bottled sunshine, this breezy, bitter-sweet, low(ish) alcohol aperitif is almost as easy to make as it is to drink. Booze hounds can kick it up a notch with a shot of gin to really get the party started.
Aperol Apéritif, 60 ml (if your local liquor store doesn't have it available, try New Zealand online retailers such as this one or this one).
Prosecco (or another dry sparkling...