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….

Our verdict on Jamala Wildlife Lodge

The Thirsty Travellers spent a night at Jamala Wildlife Lodge in Canberra recently, where we had the chance to observe an amazing array of African animals and enjoy delicious wines … sometimes both at the same time! Jamala is a luxury lodge that allows you to stay overnight at the National Zoo. The room rate…

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…

City break in Coogee

Since most of Australia is currently off limits to Sydneysiders, The Thirsty Travellers have been on holidays in our home city, spending a memorable weekend in Coogee. We’re normally based on the Northern Beaches, so it was fun to explore a different seascape. The suburb has come a long way since we stood ankle deep…

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…

Culprit leads Auckland’s food revolution

By Thirsty Travellers contributor Kirsten Molloy As followers of The Thirsty Travellers know, discovering brilliant new places to eat is great fun. While our choices are limited right now, we are lucky to have many happy travel memories as we wait for restrictions to lift. We discovered Culprit in the heart of Auckland in January…