Cocktails

The Hanky Panky cocktail at the Amelia Shaw bar.
The Hanky Panky cocktail at Amelia Shaw, Melbourne.

Cocktails have undergone a transformation of late. From cartoonish, creamy abominations sweet enough to send you into a sugar coma, to good-time, high-style refreshments for grown-ups.

It's all thanks to a grab-bag of factors, from hit TV shows Mad Men and Boardwalk Empire, to a thirst for (and a boom in) artisan-distilled booze and a generation of bartenders intent on lifting the profession's game.

From the classic Tommy's margarita to the beer cocktail michelada, here's our latest recipes and features.

 

Sidecar.

Sidecar

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Luke Mangan

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Frozen mango daiquiri

Frozen mango daiquiri

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Luke Mangan

Rating: 1.5 out of 5 stars
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Luke's Gin Crush.

Luke's gin crush

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Luke Mangan

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Vegetarian dishes. Bloody Mary. Luke Mangan. SMH GOOD LIVING picture by Marco Del Grande 150104 SPECIALX 00000

Bloody Mary

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Luke Mangan

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smh, good living, eat in  030107, darlinghurst, food with luke mangan at salt restaurant - styled by trish heagerty - lychees.

Cocktail drink :  Shows Lychee and lime crush with Sambuca.

pic by jennifer soo / jsz SPECIALX 22661

Lychee and lime crush with sambuca

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Luke Mangan

Rating: 1.5 out of 5 stars
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Rockmelon cocktail.

Rockmelon cocktail

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Luke Mangan

Rating: 1.5 out of 5 stars
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Espresso martini

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Rating: 1 out of 5 stars
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Chocolate martini

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Rating: 0.5 out of 5 stars
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Mint and cucumber martini

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Rating: 1 out of 5 stars
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Pirate's capriosca

Pirate's capriosca

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  • Medium

Brigitte Hafner

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
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Bilpin apple cider on crushed chocolate mint ice.

Bilpin apple cider on crushed chocolate mint ice

  • 2 hrs +
  • Easy

Sean Moran

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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Campari and grapefruit granita

Campari and grapefruit granita

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  • Medium

Brigitte Hafner

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
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Mojito

Mojito

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Matt Preston

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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Pink Fizz

Pink Fizz

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Jill Dupleix

Rating: 1.5 out of 5 stars
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Rosso cocktail

Rosso cocktail

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Stephanie Alexander

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Classic Bloody Mary

Classic Bloody Mary

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  • Medium

Rating: 1.5 out of 5 stars
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Bizzy izzy cobbler

Bizzy izzy cobbler

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Brigitte Hafner

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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