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Stripped back and strong, gin's the thing for Longroom cocktails


It's a bold statement, but Longroom bar manager Marc Frew believes "anything you can do with vodka you can do better with gin".

Drink,Food News | Jessica Wright | Wed Nov 06 09:53:00 EST 2013

British wine expert blends with capital

Matthew Jukes and Tim Kirk, at Clonakilla tasting 2012 shiraz viognier in barrel
photo Kirsten Lawson

Britain’s foremost expert on Australian wine, Matthew Jukes, is back in town this week.

Drink | Kirsten Lawson | Wed Nov 06 09:26:25 EST 2013

Plonk turns up the heat on Nara sake


After a sake tasting at the Japanese embassy recently, Plonk at the Fyshwick markets is stocking one of the sakes from Nara that a delegation from Nara, led by Mayor Gen Nakagawa, brought to Canberra.

Drink | Morsels | Wed Nov 06 09:26:19 EST 2013

Return of the tinny

Beer cans.

In cans we trust? American craft brewers are shunning bottles in favour of cans and some local companies are taking up the cause here.

Drink | Chris Shanahan | Wed Nov 06 03:00:00 EST 2013

All goes into the brewpot


When inspiration strikes, Kevin Hingston gets to work and makes another unique beer, writes Kirsten Lawson.

Drink | Kirsten Lawson | Wed Nov 06 03:00:00 EST 2013

Drink for the absinthe-minded

Both Gaye Valttila and Ben Luzz suggest going for one of the 'lighter' (aka more low alcohol) absinthes when first starting out.

No madness, no mayhem - just a lovely ritual that leaves you lucid and slightly euphoric.

Drink | Michael Harden | Tue Nov 05 03:01:00 EST 2013

Keeping track of your glass at a party

Wine Agony Aunt

If you want your glass to go unmolested, make like Gollum and the ring - keep it close or suffer the consequences.

Drink | Wine agony aunt | Tue Nov 05 03:00:00 EST 2013

Our flutes bubbleth over

In the 2012 calendar year, 5.4 million bottles of champagne were imported into the country, an increase of 11.2 per cent on the previous year.

Australians are drinking more champagne than ever before.

Drink | Jeni Port | Tue Nov 05 03:00:00 EST 2013

NSW wine awards 2013

White wine.

It was Tumbarumba's year at the 2013 NSW Wine Awards, largely thanks to the regions' chardonnay.

Drink | Huon Hooke | Tue Nov 05 03:00:00 EST 2013

Clues in the crema: what can it tell you about your coffee?

Good crema is an even layer of fine bubbles that is 'elastic'.

Good crema is an important part of espresso flavour and texture, even of milk coffee.

Drink | Matt Holden | Tue Nov 05 03:00:00 EST 2013

Trip the green fantastic: the truth about absinthe

Sugar dissolves atop an absinthe spoon into a glass of absinthe.

Mixologist Benjamin Luzz is out to restore absinthe’s reputation and to educate the drinking public on this unique and unusual drink.

Drink,Food News | Jessica Wright | Mon Nov 04 10:03:50 EST 2013

Five of a kind: Beer gardens


Beer gardens are always enticing as the weather warms up, perhaps all the more so after a chilly spring. Chris Canty samples the new, the updated and the classic.

Drink | Chris Canty | Sat Nov 02 03:00:00 EST 2013

A history of brewing in Canberra

Joh Bjelke Bitter beer label

Historian Dr Brett Stubbs has written a brief history of brewing in Canberra, marking the capital's centenary.

Drink | Chris Shanahan | Wed Oct 30 03:00:00 EST 2013

Best Australian sparkling wines

Let the party season begin.

This list of the best Australian sparkling wines makes for essential drinking.

Drink | Huon Hooke | Tue Oct 29 03:00:00 EST 2013

Reputation and scarcity keep prices up

Wine Agony Aunt dinkus for Epicure.

The pricing of really expensive wines is based on what the market is prepared to cop.

Drink | Wine agony aunt | Tue Oct 29 03:00:00 EST 2013

Roadtesting the EspressGo portable car coffee machine

Lavazza EspressGo.

Plug the EspressGo into the cigarette lighter, press the 'on' button and it starts to brew.

Drink | Matt Holden | Tue Oct 29 03:00:00 EST 2013

Calls to tax wine by alcohol content, not value

Alcohol taxation: A system of taxing wine according to its alcohol content has been recommended.

Health taskforce and tax review recommend wine be taxed in the same way that beer and spirits are.

Drink | Dan Harrison | Tue Oct 29 00:00:00 EST 2013

Grange book for ACT collectors


A Year in the Life of Grange, which celebrates Australia’s greatest wine.

Drink | Morsels | Wed Oct 23 08:59:46 EST 2013

Hingston crowned ACT's champion brewer

Kevin Hingston has been named champion brewer at the 2013 ACT Amateur Brewing Championships.

Drink | Morsels | Wed Oct 23 08:59:50 EST 2013

Mount Majura holds wine blending session


Winemaker Frank van de Loo at Mount Majura is offering you a chance to blend your own TSG on Saturday, October 26.

Drink | Kirsten Lawson | Wed Oct 23 08:59:57 EST 2013