KICK OFF THE SILLY SEASON WITH THESE CELEBRATORY DRINKS.
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.