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All-Star Yum Cha
22.03.2017

What happens the morning after the World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards? We treat the chefs to a world-beating yum cha session, as Dani Valent discovers.

Honey Fingers, Melbourne's inner-city beekeepers
22.03.2017

Single-source honey putting community and sustainability next to sweetness.

Vermouth is having a moment
21.03.2017

More and more adventurous local winemakers are embracing Vermouth's botanicals, writes Max Allen.

Exploring Indonesia's Komodo National Park
21.03.2017

Indonesia's Komodo National Park is home to staggering scenery and biodiversity. Michael Harden sets sail in a handcrafted yacht to explore its remote islands in pared-back luxury.

The new cruises on the horizon in 2017
21.03.2017

Cue the Champagne.

Seven recipes that shaped 1980s fine dining
21.03.2017

Australia saw some bold moves in the ’80s, and we’re not just talking hairstyles. Greater cultural references started peppering the menus of our restaurants, and home-grown ingredients won a new appreciation. The dining scene was coming of age and a new band of pioneers led the charge.

Where Melbourne's finest will take the World's Best Chefs
20.03.2017

Leading chefs descend on Melbourne in April for The World’s 50 Best Restaurants. We asked local hospitality folk who they’d abduct for the day and where they’d take them to show off their city. There may be coffee, there may be culture, but in the end it’s cocktails.

What is aquafaba?
20.03.2017

Aquafaba is growing in popularity among the vegan community as an egg substitute. But what exactly is this strange sounding ingredient?

1806’s Eros Gin Fizz

Yoghurt drinks are coming at you thick and fast.

"I've put a twist on a classic known as the Ramos Gin Fizz to create the Eros Gin Fizz," says Nick Reed of Melbourne bar 1806. Yoghurt isn't much called for in the traditional cocktail canon. But perhaps its day has come: a mere stone's throw away, at Demitri's Feast in Richmond, bartenders mix house-made yoghurt, cucumber juice and Martin Miller's Gin infused with grilled lemon in a siphon gun to a recipe designed in part by Luke Whearty of Trink Tank consultancy to make a foamy shot they garnish with baby mint leaves and fennel seeds and call a Demitri's Sour. Now that's what we call cocktail culture. Drink up. 1806, 169 Exhibition St, Melbourne, Vic, (03) 9663 7722. 

1806'S EROS GIN FIZZ
Muddle a 20cm length of cucumber in a cocktail shaker, add 45ml Hendrick's gin, 40ml Greek-style yoghurt, 15ml fresh lime juice, 15ml fresh lemon juice, 10ml sugar syrup, a dash of rosewater and a dash of eggwhite. Shake without ice for 10 seconds, add ice to half-fill, shake again, then strain into a chilled highball, garnish with a sliver of cucumber and serve.

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