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4 Hidden Bars Home to Sydney’s Best Whisky Cocktails

There’s something enticing about a hidden bar don’t you think? The mystery, the hunt, the satisfaction in knowing a small secret that remains unbeknown to others… Now, we realise the irony in publishing these hidden bars for all to see, but best believe these joints are home to some of the best whisky cocktails we’ve come across, so it would be sacrilegious not to share.

 

  1. The Baxter Inn

Address: 152/156 Clarence St, Sydney NSW 2000

The Baxter Inn is a whisky bar inspired by old school Boston. Dimly lit and cosy with dark wooden features, the bar is hidden down the back of an alleyway in central Sydney that can prove quite difficult to find for newcomers. But as regulars would know, Baxter’s is recognised as not only one of Sydney’s, but the world’s best stocked bars, boasting an impressive array of whisky's from throughout the globe which totals over a whopping 800. The whiskey selection is organised according to regions that are...

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World Whisky Day Australia 2021, presented by Drinks with Dave

Save the date and get ready to indulge because World Whisky Day is just around the corner. This year, come May 15th marks the tenth anniversary of the momentous occasion, bringing together people from all over the world to celebrate the water of life.

 

Held annually on the third Saturday in May, World Whisky Day invites everyone, no matter where they are in the world, to get together and raise a toast to the glorious golden liquor. Commemorated through tastings, events and gatherings, the event marks an occasion to come together for a bit of Old Fashioned fun (pun intended).

 

Here at Drinks With Dave we will be hosting an online whisky tasting as a way to connect with other like-minded enthusiasts, expand our knowledge and sip on some different quality whisky types. Our event will be led by the best in the business. Professionals who will guide you through the tastings and educate you so you too can be a whisky expert in no time. Did we mention this occurs all whilst in...

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The Ultimate Gin Guide For Beginners

Welcome to the era of the modern gin revolution. Right now, we’re seeing an explosion of new gins entering the market, and as more and more people are discovering the tantalising delights of this delectable spirit we’re seeing more gin distilleries popping up and creative new cocktail combinations arise.

 

The story of gin is a fascinating one, steeped in history that dates back through the centuries and involves trials, tribulations and celebrations of all kinds. Gin has one ingredient at the very core of its being - juniper.

 

Gin originated in Holland and its name stems from the Dutch word for juniper, which translates to genever. It’s the addition of juniper berries that sets gin apart from all other types of liquor, and it must be the prevailing aroma and flavour for gin to be classified as such. Apart from the essential juniper, anything goes! Different botanicals are added to create distinct flavours and fragrances to give each gin its own special...

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The best DIY gin cocktails for 2021

Here at Dave’s headquarters we have a broad range of quality drinks on offer - a varied assortment of wines and champagnes, boutique beers and A-grade spirits. But looking around Dave’s pantry we noticed he was missing one of the essentials - gin! There’s been somewhat of a gin revolution recently, with a surge of exciting new brands entering the market. And for good reason, as gin is one of the most versatile spirits in the game due to the wide abundance of different botanicals that distillers use to concoct different flavours.

 

So, we made it our mission and scoured the globe for the best gins around the world to present to you, and couldn’t help but share our favourite gin-based cocktails so you can order and try at home for yourself. Chin chin!

 

Classic Tom Collins:

The Tom Collins, a true classic dating back to the late 19th century. The simple recipe makes for a refreshing blend of fizzy gin goodness, and The UK Plymouth gin complements this...

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The run-down on Whiskey - Everything you need to know delivered to you neat

Ahhhh whiskey, where to start? You’ve got Scotch, bourbon and rye, grain, single-malt and blended, not to mention its differing characteristics depending on where in the world it’s from. Feeling confused? Don’t worry, it can be hard to wrap your head around, but Dave's here to help you straighten out the confusion and give you the low-down on the differences between the delectable dark liquor.

 

First of all, let’s get a few quick things straight. There are two main types of whiskey: malt and grain - grain whiskey is simply made from any grains, including but not limited to wheat and corn, whilst malt whiskey is specifically made from malted barley. Within this you can get single-malt whiskey or blended. Blended whiskey accounts for the vast majority of whiskeys on the market, produced by combining liquor from different malt and grain distilleries. On the other hand, single-malt whiskey is exactly as it sounds and is classified as such when the...

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Getting to the heart of champagne with G.H. Mumm

G.H. Mumm champagne is one for the ages. Established in 1761, the Mumm family started their business as wine producers in Cologne, Germany before the next generation’s lineage established a new branch in the Champagne region of France in 1827 with the help of a local representative, G.Heuser.

 

Dating back to the time when Napoleon ruled, the traditional way to open a bottle of champagne was through a technique called sabrage, in which the cavalry soldiers would use their sabre swords.

In layman's terms, this is basically a fancy way to open a bottle by using a big ol’ knife. Now unless you’re well versed in this practice we probably don’t recommend opening a bottle of this calibre in this way, but look, if you’re feeling confident, go for it.

 

But what do you picture when you think of champagne?

Did you know there are different types of champagne?

G.H. Mumm is one of the most successful, longest-running and traditional champagne brands on...

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How to host a virtual event (that doesn’t suck)

Ahhh 2020 … You’ve heard it a thousand times and you’re about to hear it again - it was one hell of a year, a whirlwind of unprecedented (yeah, we said it) events and happenings.

The pandemic threw a major spanner in the works for all of us, changing everything from our travel plans, our freedom, our ways of life and of course the way we work and communicate with not only colleagues but friends. 

 

Seeing as we were forced to stand at least 1.5 metres away from one another, 2020 became the year of Zoom calls and online events, with each workplace trying to cultivate the new virtual workspace and friend groups trying their best at online socialisation and activities.

Now, we don’t know about you, but this year we’ve certainly taken part in a few ‘bonding activities’ online that have missed the mark to put it nicely. That’s why we’ve come up with a few ideas and suggestions for hosting a virtual event that...

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