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Gin, vermouth … chicken stock?! How did martinis get so weird – and are they more fun to make than drink?
First came James Bond’s shaken variation. Now, the aperitif has been remixed with salt and vinegar, beetroot, bone and even seaweed. Are bartenders just having a giggle – or creating modern classics? There’s only one way to find out

Tim Dowling

30, Aug, 2023 @4:00 AM

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Carry the can: the best drinks in tins | Fiona Beckett on drinks
Cans are a smarter pick than bottles for picnics and festivals, but the options are more limited and the quality is variable, so it pays to do your research

Fiona Beckett

21, Jul, 2023 @1:00 PM

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‘It’s dangerously good’: tinned cocktails tested and rated
Sandrae Lawrence, from the Cocktail Lovers podcast and magazine, tries out this summer’s best mixes

Compiled by Holly O'Neill

16, Jul, 2023 @12:00 PM

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‘We absolutely deserve to be here’: the female Aboriginal-owned bar in Melbourne that honours strong Black women
In this Chapel Street venue there’s Wu-Tang Clan on the stereo, shellfish and spritz on the menu, and a sense of pride, joy and family.

Ben Abbatangelo

08, Jul, 2023 @12:00 AM

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Cocktail of the week: John deBary’s Ay Mockarena – recipe | The good mixer
Olive oil brine, which is usually reserved for dirty martinis and the like, takes this zingy, fruity mocktail to another level

John deBary

07, Jul, 2023 @3:00 PM

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Blooming tasty: garden flowers make a perfect summer cocktail | Alice Vincent on flowers
From tiny pastel violas to honey-sweet dandelions, edible flowers make a great addition to your tipple

Alice Vincent

07, Jul, 2023 @10:00 AM

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Six long, cold drinks for hot summer days – recipes
When the weather is scorching, cool down with a tall glass of these summer refreshers

Mark Diacono

30, Jun, 2023 @3:00 PM

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The best drinks to take on a picnic | Kitchen aide
Whether you choose a fruity, low-alcohol shrub or a classic cocktail for your outdoor celebrations, preparation is the key to success

Anna Berrill

06, Jun, 2023 @1:00 PM

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Biscuits are great. Tea is great. But do we really need all this biscuit-flavoured tea?
The shops are full of ‘jaffa biscuit teas’ and ‘malty biscuit brews’. Do they live up to the hype? And who wants to live in a world without crumbs? Time to get tasting

Tim Dowling

30, May, 2023 @9:00 AM

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Cocktail of the week: The Mondrian’s white negroni sbagliato – recipe | The good mixer
A nifty twist on the ‘broken negroni’ featuring vodka, gentian liqueur and a rosemary-infused sugar syrup

Sam Russell

21, Apr, 2023 @3:00 PM

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Tim Dowling tries cheese cocktails: ‘Like a food waste sack the night before bin day’
An espresso martini with parmesan has gone viral – part of a wider trend including blue cheese negronis and a stilton-washed gin. Are any of them any good?

Tim Dowling

10, Apr, 2023 @11:30 AM

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Cocktail of the week: Jack Adair Bevan’s amaro hot chocolate - recipe | The good mixer
A Sicilian-style, grown-up hot chocolate for Easter, featuring dark and milk chocolate and a shot of amaro

Jack Adair Bevan

31, Mar, 2023 @3:00 PM

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