Given the current craft cocktail climate, it can be easy to overthink a shaken or stirred libation. Luckily, it's not all bar spoons and eye droppers; there is one type of cocktail you can make beautiful and balanced every time: the sour.
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Hosting a great party on a budget is easy if you do a little planning. Here's something fun to try next time: Stock your self-serve bar with booze-soaked fruit to keep things fun and fancy.
Lemonade is summer staple that doesn't need much improving, but if you want to take the classic beverage to a more refined and fancy place, try incorporating vanilla bean syrup. This secret ingredient rounds out lemon's natural harshness and tempers its acidity without detracting from the flavour we so firmly associate with summer.
The words "mulled wine" most likely conjure up images of big pots, slowly simmering with vino and spices. That's all good, but the holidays can be hectic, and you may not have time to babysit a bubbling pot. To infuse wine with aromatics without ever turning on your stove, you'll need to enlist your microwave.
Kombucha is a fermented tea that people enjoy for the taste, but also for probiotic benefits that can support healthier digestion. It's so popular that many kombucha lovers go the homebrew route to customise their own. The problem, though, is that when brewed incorrectly it can be a serious food safety risk.
Australians aren't particularly imaginative when it comes to tea - dunk a Lan-Choo bag in a mug of boiling water, add a splash of milk to taste and you're basically done. In other parts of the world, tea drinking is much more sophisticated process that involves unique plants, brewing processes and receptacles. This infographic looks at 21 popular and exotic teas from around the world.