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The Bloody Mary is a drink for all seasons, but there can be something unpleasant about sipping thick, soup-like concoctions. If you'd like a easier-to-drink version of the savoury brunch cocktail, skip the mix entirely and make your own with freshly pureed tomatoes.

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In a continuing campaign against single-use plastic, Woolworths has announced it will discontinue sales of plastic straws from the end of the year. It's a great step forward for environmentalism, but what does it mean for people who rely on straws for medical reasons, or just prefer it with their weekend cocktails? Here are some alternatives.

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What's better than serving gin and tonics at a party? Having a whole gin and tonic bar, that's what. A few weeks ago I went to a media event for Beefeater. They had your traditional bar there, with a bartender mixing up fancy cocktails. There was also a DIY Gin & Tonic bar. You could ask the bartender for just a glass with ice and gin in it, and then use the assortment of tonic waters and accouterment on the table to build your own. The idea was so fun I started doing it whenever I had friends over… and it was a big hit.

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Fresh lime juice is a key component to many fine beverages, and it's always been my understanding that you want it as fresh as you can get it. This thinking, it turns out, was folly. For the best tasting beverage, you want to let your juice age for a little bit - ideally four to 10 hours.

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Last week brought terrible news to Japanese whiskey fans: Suntory plans on halting sales of the wildly popular, and fairly affordable, Hakushu 12-year-old single malt and the Hibiki 17-year-old blend. But fear not oh, drinker of smooth spirits, there are other great options out there. These whiskeys may not be the exact same when it comes to flavour and aroma, but they will definitely appeal to your palate in a similar fashion.