Aptly combining the best of fresh New Zealand ingredients and southern-USA soul food in an extensive sharing plate menu, alongside the country’s largest bourbon whiskey selection and live music every Wednesday through to Saturday – it’s easy to see why Boo Radley’s is an award-winning bar and restaurant. Expert mixologists from the Victoria Street establishment share some top tipples from the hand-crafted cocktail menu, sure to get your feet – and taste buds – dancing.
BOO’S MAI TAI:
A sophisticated mix of house-made raspberry and vanilla infused Havana Club rum, Cointreau, Disaronno, lime and passionfruit.
SPICED ESPRESSO MARTINI:
A favourite with a kick. A combination of Sailor Jerry spiced rum, Harpoon cold brew coffee, Quick Brown Fox coffee liqueur and cinnamon sugar.
CHOCOLATE OLD FASHIONED:
A sweet and warm twist on a classic. Maker’s Mark bourbon, chocolate bitter, black walnut bitters and sugar.
Whether hot toddies or iced tea are your thing, tea-infused cocktails are a tasty tipple that can be enjoyed throughout the year.
Cam Timmins shares his recipe for a Night Flower Cocktail infused with Elderflower Syrup, lemon and Dilmah’s Jasmine Green Tea that gives a whole new meaning to ‘teatime’.
45ml Beefeater London Dry
60ml Dilmah Jasmine Green Tea
30ml Fresh pressed Lemon Juice
30ml Elderflower Syrup
Soda to top
Combine all ingredients into a Collins glass.
Garnish with a dash of Angostura bitters, edible flower and lemon peel. Enjoy.
Two Fat Possums is the perfect place to stop on your return leg from the ski fields of Mt Hutt. Since inception last year, it has gained a large following with locals. Anyone in West Melton after a quiet drink, dine or to hang out and soak up the friendly atmosphere should look no further.
With its bar, restaurant and function areas, and friendly staff on hand, the atmosphere is second to none. Tasteful decor of wooden tables and leather/fabric chairs and a few big screen TVs to watch the rugby and racing.
The new winter menu consists of plenty of amazing starters and mains. This includes starters like Crispy Chicken Wings and delectable mains like the Pork Belly or steaks that are cooked to perfection. The biggest highlight is its wood fired oven pizzas, with a range of toppings to suit even the most devoted pizza fan.
A comprehensive range of desserts and drinks are also on offer, such as quality on-tap beer, cocktails and wine. Plus, the addition of specials every day will keep you coming back again and again.
Keen? Head to the West Melton Village on Weedons Ross Road, West Melton. For more information visit twofatpossums.co.nz or phone 03-421 6481.
New Zealand once led the world in cups of tea consumed per person. So it seems somewhat strange to have to put one’s hat in the ring to defend the humble cuppa.
But despite the seemingly all-encompassing nature of the Kiwi coffee culture, tea drinking is on the rise. And not just in the most traditional of ways.
While sales of herbal and green tea continue to rise for home consumption, it’s the number of tea ‘bars’ popping up that is catching attention on a global scale.
Locally, Poplar Social Club cocktail maestro Charles Gillet has been using Dilmah Tea in his cocktails. Dilmah features some clever cocktail and mocktail recipes on its website, ranging from Colombo Ice Cream Soda, to Mango Tango and Fruit Volcano.
Not a new concept by any means, there’s historical precedent for tea in our tipples, with tea an ingredient used in our early punches. Now, we’re starting to think of tea with the same reverence as coffee.