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Tasmanian drink-slinger and Charles Oates ambassador Niall Maurici jumped on board with us this month to show us a few great techniques and recipes as together we introduced the delicious Huon Valley apple spirit to Hobart locals and visitors at our Christmas Street Eats cocktail bar.

We love a good localised twist on a classic recipe, and Niall's version of the 1930s classic "Pan American Clipper" cocktail is one we'll definitely be enjoying over the summer. 

Originally featuring in Charles H. Baker's guide to eating and drinking around the globe in the 30's, the Pan Am Clipper is classically a strong Calvados-based sour that matches three fruit flavours with a lick of herbal absinthe to make a drink that's entirely refreshing and complex enough that you could happily enjoy a second.

Niall's twist on the classic is to use unaged Charles Oates apple brandy in place of aged Calvados, and to use a local organic strawberry gastrique in place of pomegranate grenadine, Spirit People's Argalà Pastis in place of Absinthe.

These changes bring forward the apple flavour without oakiness, introduce a sweet red fruit flavour carried by a different kind of acid in the gastrique, and utilise the woody herbal complexity of this pastis to replace a more straightforward absinthe and provide a lot more depth to the sour cocktail.

Here's Niall's recipe for you to reproduce at home:

60ml Charles Oates Apple Spirit

15ml Strawberry Gastrique

15ml Lime Juice

Dash of Argalà Pastis

Combine all ingredients into a shaker with lots and lots of ice and give a long, emulsifying shake before straining off into a chilled cocktail glass.

Enjoy cold, and enjoy a few with us this summer.

Charles Oates Apple Spirit

We're delighted to offer in-store now the true spirit of the Huon, the Charles Oates unaged apple spirit.

Distilled from a specifically brewed cider from organic local orchards, this is a visionary local product that we love drinking cold after meals or mixed as a delightful local alternative to white rum or gin in fresh cocktails. Mojitos and White Ladies never tasted so good.

Enjoy in a: Pan American Clipper

Style: Unaged apple eau-de-vie

Producers: Charles Oates, the distilling brand of Willie Smiths Cider

Region: Huon Valley, Tasmania, Australia

Ingredients: Pink Lady Apples

Agriculture: Organic

Fermentation: Controlled ferment of fresh apples. No preservative added.

Distillation: Twice-distilled in a custom Charentais alembic still.

Filtration: Natural filtration whereby spirit is left to rest for up to six months, allowing for natural flocking to drop out and leaving as much character as possible inside the spirit.

Mutability: We'll get back to you on this.

Size: 700ml

Strength: 40% ABV


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Argalà Artisanal Pastis

“We are very proud to produce Argalà Pastis in this way.”

Argalà Pastis draws on the traditional popularity of anise-flavoured spirits along Mediterranean coastlines from the Middle-East to Spain. Utilising common ingredients popular in port towns such as star anise and cinnamon, Argalà Pastis is fortified through the addition of locally harvested subalpine herbs and spices. Each small batch takes at least four months to prepare for bottling.

For fans of the aniseed aperitif, Argalà Pastis is a revelation. With so much natural goodness, Argalà Pastis is truly a restorative drink designed for the year-round Australian climate.

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Size: 700ml

Strength: 45% ABV

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