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Grilled apricot salad with jamon and Manchego

Here we've scorched apricots on the grill and served them with torn jamon, shaved Manchego and peppery rocket leaves. Think of it as a twist on the good old melon-prosciutto routine. The mixture would also be great served on charred sourdough.

Chorizo recipes

Where would Spanish cuisine be without the chorizo? This versatile smallgood lends its big flavours to South American stews, soups, and salads, not to mention the ultimate hot dog. Let the sizzling begin.

2017 Australian Hotel Awards: The Finalists

This year's finalists across 11 different categories include established and new hotels, all with particular areas of excellence. Stay tuned to find out which hotels will take the top spots when they're announced at a ceremony at QT Melbourne on Wednesday 24 May, and published in our 2017 Australian Hotel Guide, on sale Thursday 25 May.

Jackalope hotel opens on the Mornington Peninsula

Glamour, sophistication and luxury have arrived on the Peninsula, with a crack-team of staff assembled to make it a success.

A festival of cheese hits Sydney

Kick off winter with a week of cheese tasting.

Pea and ham soup

2017 Australian Hotel Awards: The Winners

Every year, we produce the Australian Hotel Guide to scout the country for the very best in hotels: from city to country, coast to coast, club sandwich to club sandwich. We check into reviewed hotels anonymously and pay our own way. What we experience at these top Australian addresses is the same as what you, our readers, would experience. No special treatment; no added extras. Just honest, informative reviews of the best hotel experiences around the country. It's time to get packing. Pick up a copy of our 2017 Hotel Guide with our June issue, out now.

Farro recipes

Farro can be used in almost any dish, from a robust salad to accompany hearty beer-glazed beef short ribs to a new take on risotto with mushrooms, leek and parmesan. Here are 14 ways with this versatile grain.

Shaken, Stirred, Flamed & Thrown

We ask Eau de Vie owner and Shaken, Stirred, Flamed & Thrown author Sven Almenning why we should buy his book.

Why should we buy your book, Sven?
I think anyone who likes entertaining, or hosting friends and guests at home should be able to mix up a few killer cocktails. This book is for them. Whether you simply want to experiment with your favourite Eau de Vie signature drinks at home, or are looking for a great classic recipe this book is for you. Unlike most cocktail books we're not just rehashing old classics, but mostly offering our own drinks alongside beautiful photography to help guide you towards cocktail perfection.

Where's the best place to start?
It doesn't get much easier than the classics; a Martini, Martinez, Manhattan and Old Fashioned are great places to start. Then move on to our suggested variations for a bit more fun and added challenges.

What's the toughest recipe?
Mixology really is fairly simple once you have step-by-step recipes, so I'm not sure anything is too hard, especially if you're handy in the kitchen. I'd say the toughest recipes would be those that call for homemade ingredients such as the lager syrup in the Bloomsbury Bitter or the smoked cola syrup in the Fancy Jack & Cola. Those looking for a challenge, however, may have fun learning the throwing technique used for making our signature Blue Blazer.

Does the home mixologist need specialised gear and ingredients?
A lot of the recipes are fairly straightforward and can be made with readily available ingredients. However, as we feature a number of our signature drinks there are, of course, a fair few that require you to make your own syrups, purées and sodas; we often offer instructions on how to do this. As far as specialised equipment, there aren't many drinks in there that can't be made using a cocktail shaker, a bar spoon and a strainer. However, we're big fans of using vintage and fanciful equipment to add an element of theatre.

Best part of the book?
The caricatures of our staff! I think the final chapter on how to make your own, where we talk about the processes that go into creating your own signature cocktails, is pretty neat. Otherwise I think the photography is the best I've seen in a cocktail book, although, of course, I am biased.

The final push?
If you're not sold already what can I possibly say? If it's not for you then surely you have a friend or two who could use a beautiful and banging guide to awesome cocktails. Kapow!

Shaken, Stirred, Flamed & Thrown by Sven Almenning (self-published, $49.95, hbk) is available from Berkelouw Books, Ariel Booksellers, Oscar & Friends Booksellers, Macleay Bookshop and Gleebooks, as well as over the bar at Eau De Vie in Sydney and Melbourne, and online via Eau de Vie's Facebook page.

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