GIGI LA TROTTOLA

The Cappellano Barolo Chinato is sublimely aromatic and refreshing, and at 18% abv it’s easy to enjoy a good couple of quaffs. I prefer a large serve over ice as a strong aperitif or a gentle digestive. 

However Giorgio recently challenged me to make a mixed drink with it, so I came up with this for the popup at Monks & Co and I’m delighted to add this to my repertoire as it’s about to go onto high rotation.

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GENEROUS

Named like a 90s hip-hop song, “Generous” is the combination of Argalà Genepy Gin with apricot that I’ve been fiddling with for the past three years. Often simplest is best, and the dry Australian Style negroni served as inspiration. Marionette’s excellent and slightly tannic Apricot Brandy Liqueur provides the perfect structural foil for the ethereal genepy and bright apricot aromatics, while the earthy Bio Bitter all but disappears beneath the others while anchoring the drink and providing just a lick of bitterness.

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LAVE & A HAIRCUT AT MONKS & CO

Kicking off our new era we have a bunch of events this weekend. Street Eats Franko runs per usual this Friday night with a cracking coiffure-themed menu. Why? Well, because the following day I’m popping up next to a live jazz band behind one of Events With Audrey’s mobile bars inside venerable city barber Monks & Co. The event? Mid-Town Street Party.

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EVENTFUL NEWS

I’d like to say a huge thank you to those of you who have ever stopped by to read, talk or taste any of the spirits we introduced to the Australian market for the first time:

  • Romano Levi Grappa

  • Argalà artisanal liquors

  • Puni Single Malt Whisky

  • The Clumsy Bear Vodka

  • Hartshorn Sheep Whey Vodka

  • Vestal Vodka

  • The Retiring Gin

  • Stählemühle Aqua Vitae

  • Säntis Malt Whisky

  • Rondò Aperitivo

  • Phantom Spirits Rums

  • and Marionette Liqueurs in Tasmania

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EVENTS WITH AUDREY

Like her namesake, Audrey is daring, clever, beautiful, timeless and full of charm and witticism. Unlike her namesake, this Audrey is an elegant caravan bar for hire throughout Tasmania.

Audrey was conceived by the entrepreneurial brilliance of Lily Kirkland. Everyone, meet Lily, Lily meet everyone. Now lets find out a little more about Audrey.

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MEXIPIÑADA - A PARISIAN TROPICAL DREAM

“So off I set, and by the time I was completely agreeing with Arthur’s summary and while still chatting with Thomas, he served me up the Mexipiñada as a parting shot. How good is this? I thought. “The drink has to look good,” he said.

“Not only that, this is one of the tastiest, simple drinks that I ever had in that city.”

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SPRING SPRUNG

Aptly named Spring Sprung, this margarita twist takes the uniqueness of the Charles Oates Apple Spirit in all its dry, crunchy and crisp glory and uses it as a placeholder for what would normally be tequila. The result will knock your socks off.

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LAWRENNY ESTATE || 1818 SETTLERS GIN

With a trio of Lawrenny Estate products hitting our shop over the past few weeks we are concluding this shout out with a favourite. The 1818 Settlers Gin rounds out the Lawrenny trifecta with a distillery strength tribute to Tasmania’s early setters. 

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WHO IS KATIE HEPPER?

We sat down with Katie Hepper, of The Understory, to talk about the poetic resonance of her graphic and illustrative work and her ability to take natures tiny, often overlooked details and elevate them to works on paper that are unique, humble and beautifully inspired.

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LAWRENNY ESTATE || SAINT CLAIR VODKA

Saint Clair Vodka from Lawrenny Estate is a welcome change after a lengthy period of cocktail trends all but masking the taste of the spirits they contained. This is one highly aromatic and proudly Tasmanian spirit and we are thrilled to include it in our portfolio.

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LAWRENNY ESTATE || VAN DIEMEN'S GIN

Lawrenny Distillery manage to capture the essence of Tasmania bottled it within their portfolio of spirits. Their Van Diemen’s Gin embraces Tasmania's pristine purity and highlights the natural freshness of this inspiring land.

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THE DEN COCKTAIL No. 4 || COSMIC EGGNOG

And here we come to the fourth and final chapter of our The Den x Spirit People cocktail series with a cracker of a drink - the Cosmic Eggnog!

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THE DEN COCKTAIL No. 3 || MAGIC PILL

Introducing the 3rd chapter in our series of cocktails served during our residency at The Den during this years Dark Mofo winter festival. What can we say about this drink? It's genre-bending, palate-defying, unusual, sexy, invigorating and yet still downright classy.

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MARIONETTE APRICOT BRANDY LIQUEUR

Since the release of their inaugural cocktail staples - a sweet, smooth but oh so dry cassis and a stunningly complex yet versatile orange curaçao - the next addition to the burgeoning Marionette portfolio of liqueurs has been much anticipated. We are thrilled to announce that they have now released the perfect addition, an apricot brandy

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THE DEN COCKTAIL No. 2 || THE HILLS HAVE IRES

Here we bring you the second chapter in the ode to our residency at The Den during Dark Mofo this year. By popular demand, we bring you the extrapolated version of what was our best seller over three mad weeks - The Hills Have Ires.

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LAWRENNY ESTATE DISTILLERY

Nestled between verdant fields, on the banks of the Derwent River in Tasmania's Central Highlands you will find a regal estate. Picturesque and surrounded by lush greenery, Lawrenny Estate exudes a charm that is wholly defined by its environment and history. 

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THE DEN COCKTAIL No. 1 || MASTER & MARGARITA

The MASTER & MARGARITA is a very simple twist on a classic formula that anyone can make at home. It was also one of our most aromatic cocktails during an unforgettable three-week popup at The Den during Dark Mofo 2018.

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THE END OF A GIN ERA

Friends, it's with some sadness that we announce that we have received our final-ever allocation of The Retiring Gin.

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5 THINGS YOU DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT EWEN DAVIES

Late last year (suspiciously close to Jesus' birthday) we had a very special arrival in Tasmania. A strange, eerie character from the North.. the kind you would see in a Hans Christian Anderson tale.

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SPIRIT PEOPLE x MAKER

Maker is one of those sublimely considered places that oozes architectural suave and masculine cool. Our own Ewen Davies will be jumping behind the copper beast of a bar this Sunday 5th August to do what we do best - talk spirits, mix up some seasonal cocktails and stir up a whole bunch of fun. 

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