DRINKS PARTY

KICK OFF THE SILLY SEA­SON WITH TH­ESE CEL­E­BRA­TORY DRINKS.

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Even if you didn’t nab a ticket to our Men of the Year awards, it doesn’t mean you should miss out on all the fun. We took our­selves to Syd­ney speakeasy Palmer & Co to get an ex­pert take on the best tip­ples to get the party started. “For me, a good party cock­tail is easy to make, but bright, bold and a bit out there,” says man­ager Rus­sell Downie. “But peo­ple get bogged down in mak­ing mul­ti­coloured drinks and things get messy so stick to clas­sics.” Case in point: Downie’s own The Mod­ern Gen­tle­man. “It’s based on a clas­sic Ne­groni. You have the con­trast of the dark red from the ac­tual cock­tail, and the cof­fee ice block adds an­other di­men­sion,” he says. So, what do we need in the drinks cabi­net, in case of any last-minute shindigs? “Al­ways have the base spir­its,” says Downie. “But it’s im­por­tant to have mod­ifers, too – things like ver­mouths and bit­ters that add more di­men­sion to drinks.” Sage ad­vice. To get you started, with Downie’s help, we’ve put to­gether our favourite party recipes – prac­tice makes per­fect.

“PEO­PLE OF­TEN TWEAK CLAS­SICS, WHICH IS FINE, BUT USE THEM AS A GUIDE­LINE FOR MEA­SURE­MENTS AND IN­GRE­DI­ENTS BE­CAUSE THEY’RE TRIED AND TESTED.” THE ORIG­I­NAL PARTY DRINK, FEW THINGS BEAT CHAM­PAGNE.

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