Drinks

Drinks

By
Matt Wilkinson, Sharlee Gibb
Contains
7 recipes
Published by
Hardie Grant Books
ISBN
9781743792896
Photographer
Patricia Niven

MR: I’ll be honest and you can be Frank, I love a drink. It’s the whole socialising, being relaxed thing and, in moderation, it really is quite lovely. Sharlee isn’t the bigest drinker – in fact a litte sip of mine here and there and the odd aperol spritz, glass of bubbles, G&T or glass of vermentino is really all she’ll have. Me on the other hand, well … all of the above and the rest. My Dad used to work for a brewery and then lived above a pub called the Crown and Cushion in Sheffield, owned by his best friend, Alan Jane, and run by his son Robert (who taught me many a valuable lesson about the food and drink industry and life in general). So I guess food, booze and the hospitality industry was always my destiny.

If I was to list my favourite drinks, beer would have to be at the top. That’s beer as in the English ‘bitter’, which is meant to be drunk at cellar temperature, as well as lager, which needs to be served nice and cold as it is here in Australia. Tight second would be wine, with pinot noir and chenin blanc varietals top of the list along with my good friend Mac Forbes’ wines from the Yarra Valley. Sake’s pretty delicious too, as is the Italian liqueur Varnelli l’Anise Secco. And when it comes to cocktails I’m a big fan of the rum monty – a shot of half dark rum and Amaro Montenegro – but the king for me is the dirty martini.

It’s not all booze here though. There’s a recipe for a lovely raspberry and lemon verbena cordial here too, along with the hooligans’ favourite hot chocolate. So what are you waiting for? Sit down, pour yourself a glass (or mug) and have one on me.

Recipes in this Chapter

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