Fireside favourite: Westward Single Malt

When you think of American whiskey, it’s probably bourbon that comes to mind, not single malt. The Thirsty Travellers were intrigued to be invited to a virtual masterclass with Westward Whiskey head distiller Miles Munroe recently, as he specialises in creating grain-to-glass single malt whiskey. Westward Whiskey is one of a growing band of ‘new…

Fireside favourite: Arboralis

The Thirsty Travellers have been enjoying a light, luscious whisky from the famed The Glen Grant distillery in Scotland. Called Arboralis, it’s perfect for an early evening dram beside the fire. We were introduced to the new release by Robin Coupar, Global Whisky Advocate for Campari, and Dennis Malcolm, Master Distiller at The Glen Grant….

Spritz tips from Batch & Co’s mixologist

The Thirsty Travellers were invited to an afternoon of spritz tasting and cocktail making with Batch & Co last week. The virtual event was hosted by Batch & Co creator and mixologist Thomas Kiltorp, together with co-founder Pru Corrigan. Kiltorp arrived in Melbourne from Sweden in 2000 and won The Age Good Food Guide Bartender…

Fireside favourite: Master’s Keep Cornerstone Rye

It feels like a lifetime ago that The Thirsty Travellers were invited to the launch of Master’s Keep Cornerstone Rye. An intimate dinner was booked for March 18 at the award-winning Restaurant Hubert in Sydney’s CBD. The night promised to be filled with tastings, stories and pairings of the Master’s Keep series. Sadly, the event…

Foodie heaven at Annata

The Thirsty Travellers had the pleasure of visiting one of Sydney’s best small bars on Friday night, Annata, prior to lock down. The stylish spot, which opened in Crows Nest in 2015, is owned by Christian Blair, the former manager of multi-award-winning Darlinghurst cocktail bar Eau de Vie. During our visit, the bar and restaurant…

Sunset bliss at Barrenjoey House

The Thirsty Travellers have been eager to support a few local businesses before lock down, so we headed to Barrenjoey House for dinner on Saturday night. Fortunately, the restaurant was still open, albeit with a limited menu, cashless payments and reduced seating to comply with social distancing requirements. We’ve visited Barrenjoey House previously for a…

The best Sunday roast on the Northern Beaches

The Thirsty Travellers’ favourite spot to spend a Sunday evening is Four Pines Public House in Newport, on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. We love settling into a timber booth and tucking into the bar’s Sunday roast. There are usually two different roasts on offer, which come with all the trimmings – at $22 – and we…

Cocktail heaven in Coogee

The Thirsty Travellers don’t travel south of the Sydney Harbour Bridge too often these days … unless we’re heading to the airport … but we couldn’t resist an invitation to try out Coogee Pavilion’s newly opened middle floor. The space lay empty for the past five years, but owner Justin Hemmes has finally written his…

Cellarmasters organic wine masterclass

The Thirsty Travellers were invited to an organic wine masterclass at the Cellarmasters headquarters this week. Ginger was thriled to visit the Cellarmasters tasting room, as it’s situated in the former Reader’s Digest building – recognised as an iconic example of Brutalist architecture – in Surry Hills. It also features one of the city’s first…

Durham Distillery: where art meets chemistry

By North America correspondent Nick Kenny The Big Lebowski is a great film.  Let’s not argue that point.  Really, what’s there to argue?  It’s a great film.   What you may not know or care about are that (a) it introduced me to “White Russians” – a good thing, and (b) somehow White Russians became our…