Books

The Eau de Vie cocktail book is here

Last April I wrote about a cocktail book that was an idea looking to be realised. Well now it’s here as the latest addition to the crowd funded cocktail library. It looks fantastic. You’ll have to visit the bar in Melbourne or Sydney to pick yourself up a copy. $45 will get you the book. […]

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Cocktail

Eau de Vie Batched Cocktails – Coming soon to a sofa near you.

What’s better than a cocktail that looks as fantastic as this, served perfectly in a great little bar at the back of the Kirketon Hotel on Darlinghurst Rd? Having one in the comfort of your own home. What a wonderful happenstance today with two little bottles of joy arriving express, courtesy of my favourite Norwegian. […]

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Bar, Sydney, Training

An Introduction to the Malts at Eau de Vie

Eau de Vie has been my favourite slice of Sydney’s drinking scene for more than a few months now and they still manage to surprise, impress and intoxicate me. So it was, with a bright smile and a deep sense of anticipation that I headed down the Darlinghurst Road once more and in to Eau […]

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Event

Ketel One presents Eau-de-Vie at Taste Sydney

Taste Sydney has always been a place to expose your palate to new tastes and sensations. Increasingly (and happily) it is also being used as a brand showcase for the finest in tippling too. Interesting move here from Ketel One, partnering with Eau-de-Vie to serve up some of the most amazingly tasty cocktails in town […]

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Bar, Sydney

I review the most reviewed bar in Sydney right now

Through this rather nondescript and rather unadorned  doorway you’ll find a rickety staircase. Climb two flights and you’ll enter a 50 odd square meter room where some of the best cocktails in Sydney, if not the world are served. The focus is on classic recipes, featuring seasonal local produce. The Wayward Lady that whet my […]

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Awards

The Antipodes make a powerful impact in the Tales Spirited Awards

It’s that time of year again, and the fine folks who organise Tales of the Cocktail each year have announce the top 10 finalists for each of the categories for their much vaunted Spirited Awards. If you click the link above, you might find it kind of odd that there are American and International bartender awards, and […]

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Event, Sydney

Australia and Italy collide

The weekend just gone, Australia and Italy collided on the field at the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand. The Thursday previous, Smirnoff announced that the nightlife exchange for this year will mirror the weekends match up. Essentially, Smirnoff polls it’s fans, selects act that best match the overall country from the votes and swap them for […]

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Cocktail, Competitions

Coney Island Bartender Bumfight

  Hell week kicks off next week with the Bartender Bumfight. Essentially it’s a speed and knowledge fest, where local bar teams duke it out head to head making drinks against the clock. It is sure to be a truly epic evening, I’ll be sitting at the bar, laughing my ass off and trying to […]

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Five Margaritas for Cinco de Mayo

It is the fifth of May, and for many Americans, and increasingly Latino communities around the world, it is a day to celebrate Mexican pride, culture and heritage, by drinking salty pools of Margarita and eating tacos. The day itself is understood by many to be the Mexican Independence day, which is actually celebrated of September […]

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Interviews, Spirit

Interview: Stephen Myers from Ilegal Mezcal

Stephen Myers, like many liquor entrepreneurs, is wearing a branded tee when I run into him in Sydney. The shirt has a cluster of three rabbits screen printed on the left breast. I’ve been brushing up on my religious history of the Postclassic era of pre-Columbian Mesoamerican chronology, and in particular of the Aztec cultures, so I ask if […]

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Interviews

Interview with Bob Nolet from Ketel One

Thanks to my very fine friends at Splendid Comms, I was able to slide a few questions in front of the latest member of the Nolet family to control the vodka behemoth that is Ketel One. It was a written response so some of the answers aren’t exactly what I was after, but as Bob […]

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This Bourbon’s just not kosher.

Launched just in time for Australian Bacon Week, I present to you, drinkers of the world, Smoked Bacon Bourbon. The first of a series of releases from the Experimental Spirits Company, Smoked Bacon Bourbon packs the rendered goodness of 35o grams of the finest Australian cured and smoked pig into each bottle. The Experimental Spirits […]

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Bar, Melbourne, Sydney

Boom! A cocktail book you can get involved with.

Sven and his band of merry men at Eau De Vie have made a start on something pretty special. It’s a cocktail book, and instead of having it appear without fanfare on the market, they’ve decided to crowdfund the photography and production. There are any number of packages/products and offers, although the 2.5k bar tabs with 10 signed […]

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Cocktail, Competitions

Is one of these cocktails worth $100,000?

The World Class summer round  came to its conclusion  with 12 bartenders from around Australia as is fast becoming tradition, on a motherfuckin’ boat. The overall quality of the drinks, the presentations and the event itself had stepped up from the previous year, and the addition of the American Cocktail with Bulleit Bourbon was simply […]

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Awards

Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner. Australian Bar Awards Winners

While we wait for someone at Bartender Magazine to peel their face from the pillow and cobble together a press release, here’s what I’ve been able to glean from the social medias. Bar of the Year: Shandy Pines, Sydney Best Cocktail Bar:  Eau de Vie, Sydney Best Bar Food: Hinky Dinks, Sydney Best New Product Launch: Havana Club […]

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Bar, Sydney

The Roosevelt

When Sven Almenning launched the 1930’s style speakeasy in the troubled back space of the Kirketon Hotel on Darlinghurst Rd, I’m sure a lot of folk thought it, like it’s predecessors, would not be long on the Sydney scene. Instead, Eau de Vie set a new standard in cocktail bartending and service in Sydney and […]

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Competitions, Event

Who’s keen for a World Class Sunday?

Each year, Diageo spend a lot of time, money and effort finding a World Class Bartender to represent Australia at take a shot at taking out the global crown. It’s a phenomenal event, packed full of talent and full to the brim with crazy good drinks. Check out the video above of last years finals […]

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Awards, Bar, Sydney

I was drinking at the best new cocktail bar in the world on Friday night, where the hell were you?

Great news for the Australian small bar movement overnight, with leading light Eau de Vie snatching the honours at Tales of the Cocktail in Nawlins. This is an absolute testament to the house that Sven Almenning has built, and the quality of the talent producing drinks behind the stick there. Sipping on a blue genever […]

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To have a drink at the best new cocktail bar in the world, you can go to New York, or Darlinghurst.

Heartfelt congratulations to Sven Almenning and the team at Eau de Vie, picking up not one but three nominations in the Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards overnight. These awards really are the global stage and nominations for Best Cocktail List, Best Drinks Selection and Best New Cocktail Bar are a testament to a bar […]

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Cocktail, Competitions, Sydney

Drinking with Gentlemen

Diageo’s World Class program seems to be going from strength to strength this year, and I’m not just saying that because I keep getting asked to judge the NSW rounds‡. The contest asks bartenders from across the country, or at least the Eastern seaboard, to create a excellent cocktail featuring a spirit from Diageo’s Reserve […]

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Bar, Cocktail

The Aviator

Last week, Eau de Vie turned one. It was a fantastic soirée. Drinks flowed, conversation ranged‡ and laughter erupted. A cake made by Nicole Kidman’s surrogate was eaten; a bottle of Champagne was (almost) sabered, before the second lost its head. I can assure you unequivocally, a grand time was had by all. A few drinks […]

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