Celebrating the Day of the Dead

The Thirsty Travellers skipped Halloween this year, preferring to toast the Day of the Dead with margaritas. The Day of the Dead (el Día de los Muertos), is a Mexican tradition where families welcome back the souls of their deceased relatives for a celebration. The holiday is marked each year from November 1-2. On the…

Sipping summer’s newest spritz: ROSIE

The Thirsty Travellers went to their first-ever sip & paint class this week to celebrate the launch of a new rose spritz beverage called ROSIE. Pernod Ricard has debuted ROSIE just in time for summer picnics, barbecues and catch ups. The drink features flavours of strawberries, juicy raspberries and a hint of cherry, and is…

Fireside Favourite: Wild Turkey Bottled in Bond

The Thirsty Travellers are Wild Turkey Master’s Keep fans, so we were thrilled when a new expression, Bottled in Bond, arrived on our doorstep last week. The bottle had been individually engraved, which was a nice touch to an already stylish release. To be labelled ‘bottled in bond’, a whiskey must be the product of…

Have you tried alcoholic seltzer?

Following in the footsteps of the craft beer revolution and the ‘ginaissance’, it’s shaping up to be a seltzer summer for Aussies. Have you heard of seltzer? It’s alcohol-infused sparkling water with a hint of fruit flavour. The secret behind its success is the freshness of flavour and the lightness of the drink – most…

Ponting Wines virtual tasting

Cricketer Ricky Ponting and winemaker Ben Riggs have collaborated on a wine range called Ponting Wines and The Thirsty Travellers were lucky enough to join the pair for a virtual tasting this week. Each wine in the range reflects stages of Ricky’s life and has been carefully crafted using grapes from his favourite wine regions….

Moreau is bliss in a glass

When The Thirsty Travellers heard an Aussie liqueur called Moreau Apple Pie Liqueur had won a Gold Medal at the London Spirits Competition, our curiosity was piqued. The contest assesses spirits not only on taste and quality, but also on packaging and value, with experts having consumer trends and preferences in mind. Moreau received the…

Fireside feast at Kipling’s Garage

There’s something quite special about sitting beside a roaring fire eating delicious food as rain patters down on a tin roof. The Thirsty Travellers thoroughly enjoyed our cosy lunch at Kipling’s Garage Bar in Turramurra on Saturday. Kipling’s is a former 1920s garage that’s been converted to a restaurant and wine bar. It’s a hop…

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…