Navigating the new world of al fresco drinking can be overwhelming; albeit very fun.
While there’s a still a bit of time before eating and drinking in venues truly goes back to normal, it’s a great opportunity to trail all the beautiful, boutique local products that bartenders, restaurateurs and top distillers have curated for us to experience on the go, at our millionth picnic or to enjoy at home.
Pre-batching cocktails is pretty revolutionary and can sometimes be even better than freshly made. Some drinks benefit from a period of “resting”, and the advantage of a large batch is that you can control additions of smaller, powerful ingredients in an easier manner.
Sitting in this category is the newly launched bottled concoctions by Cocktail Porter — drafted by award-winning bartenders, the trio pack a punch in flavour and are designed to be poured straight from the bottle.
Cocktail Porter collaborates with beloved booze companies and bartenders to bring us some of the most legit cocktail concoctions you can consume without having to be a professional. Maximum result with minimal effort? #Goals.
So without further ado, it’s time to choose your poison:
Regal Rogue Wild Wet Martini
Made with Australia’s finest Wild Rosé Vermouth, Strawberry Gin and Plum tincture, this regal martini is perfect for sipping as the sun sets. Serve very cold and poured into a chilled martini glass. Standard Drinks: 1.5 | Vol: 100ml | $19.00. Available here.
Poor Toms Blood Orange Negroni
A twist on the Italian bitter and sweet classic, the Poor Toms celebrates Australia’s Blood Orange Season. Equal parts Poor Toms’ Sydney Dry Gin, Poor Toms’ Imbroglio & Regal Rogue Bold Red Vermouth with a hint of Blood Orange. Shake well and pour over ice. Standard Drinks: 1.5 | Vol: 100ml | $19.00. Available here. Also available in a 500ml for $69 here.
Cocktail Porter x Mr Black Espresso Martini
Essentially the tuxedo of cocktails, this creation takes 100% specialty-grade Arabica Coffee, pure Australian vodka, and a touch of cane sugar. Garnish with espresso beans or grated chocolate. Pour over ice into a cocktail shaker, and add 30ml fresh or cold brew espresso. Shake vigorously, strain and serve. Standard Drinks: 1.5 | Vol: 100ml | $19.00. Available here.
Coinciding with these creations, Cocktail Porter has also launched a gifting experience allowing you to say happy birthday in the most personal way: with the gift of boozy, customised good times. When purchased as a gift set, you can customise the bottles with a name and voila: you have your own branded drinks. The customised cocktails come in a pack of 3 for just $159 – see more here.
The cold weather in most parts of Australia coinciding with EOFY celebrations is the closest thing that we’ll get to snowy Christmas vibes. And if you’re in dire need of some festive cheer after the first six months of 2023, grab your ugly sweater and head to your nearest Red Rooster for Xmas in July deals.
From June 29 – July 31, 2023, Red Rooster is serving up free food items, a chance to win $10,000 or one of 10 merch packs valued at $400 and other fun prizes. All you have to do is sign up as a Red Royalty member and spend $5 on at a location near you or online.
Each week there’ll be new delicious deals and prizes to win. The week one deals have already dropped and they’re looking pretty tasty. You can get access to them via your Red Royalty account. The more you purchase, the more chances you have to win.
Spoiler alert: you can get 10 chicken nuggets for free, right now. Brb running to Red Rooster.