CELEBRATE THE AUSTRALIAN OPEN WITH A NICE GIN & TONIC AT LONA
So, it’s that time of the year… the time where all of your inhibitions are lowered as you watch fit, successful and wealthy athletes take the court and fight it out to become the ultimate tennis champion.
No need to fret though, your chance of becoming a tennis pro is finally here…
You read that right! So put down the Wii Fit (we’re not judging), grab your mates, your sweatbands, your crisp whites and head on over to Lona, St Kilda.
From the now until the 28th, Lona will be indulging in all things Australian Open.
We’re talking two tennis inspired cocktails (one for each week, $10 each), table tennis in the courtyard and live screenings of each game across four screens.
Imagine sipping on a ‘Gin and Tomic’ and playing a heated game of table tennis with your friend (who’s about to become your ex-friend because #competitive), all whilst the infamous sounds of Sharapova’s and Murray’s oh-so-entertaining grunt ring through your ear… tempting, right?
RATIO COCOA ROASTERS OPENS IN BRUNSWICK
Ratio Cocoa Roasters is now open at 186 Sydney Road, Brunswick. Open from Thursday through to Sunday each week, Ratio Cocoa Roasters is set to be an exciting new addition to the Australian food scene with its focus on bean to bar chocolate.
Owner and chocolate-maker Debbie Makin, originally a zoologist, travelled the world spending time in Africa, Peru and most recently the Solomon Islands and saw first hand the cocoa trade, its affect on the local communities and how different each of the origins tasted. This passion for chocolate has lead to the building of a bean to bar chocolate company in one of the most hospitality focused cities in the world.
At Ratio Cocoa Roasters, Debbie and her team use traditional chocolate making techniques and source the world’s best single origin cacao beans to bring customers individually flavoured small batch, hand crafted chocolate bars. The cacao beans are sorted by hand then roasted in an antique ball cocoa roaster before being cracked and winnowed to remove the husk of the bean. The edible part of the cacao bean is now in small pieces and called cocoa nibs.
Ratio Cocoa Roasters dark chocolate range is a mixture of cocoa nibs and organic raw cane sugar from Brazil, whereas, the milk chocolate range has just two additional ingredients – Australian whole milk powder and organic Peruvian cocoa butter. These ingredients are placed in stone grinders at the Brunswick store for a minimum of 72 hours where they turn into a smooth liquid chocolate. The chocolate is then blocked and aged, before being tempered, poured into moulds and then hand wrapped. Only a very small percentage of chocolate companies worldwide use these traditional methods, adding no preservatives or additives that could mask the true flavour of the single origin cocoa beans.
Ratio Cocoa Roasters will be running Melbourne’s first behind the scenes chocolate tours at their Brunswick factory from January 2018. Customers can go beyond the glass for an up-close look (and taste!) at this fascinating art of bean to bar chocolate making. A range of house made chocolate beverages and sweet treats are also available to enjoy on site or takeaway.
Ratio Cocoa Roasters is at 186 Sydney Road, Brunswick, Melbourne VIC 3056
TANQUERAY GIN BAR AND TANQUERAY ‘GIN AND JUICE’ PARTY
Tanqueray Gin together with The Bridge Hotel will be hosting a free-for-all ‘Gin and Juice’ party on Thursday, 8th February from 6pm – 8pm at 642 Bridge Road, Richmond.
From Friday, 19th January until Sunday March 11 2018, The Bridge Hotel’s famous laneway and Diner Bar will be transformed into a Tanqueray ‘Gin and Juice’ wonderland.
To celebrate summer and Melbourne’s great love of gin, the team behind The Bridge Hotel will be throwing a party with all the trimmings. Guests can experience all six Tanqueray Gin cocktails available (see below or attached menu in email) plus Gin flavoured sorbet and icy poles by POPSTIC. Canapés and snacks will be available too, highlighting The Bridge Hotel’s best-selling summer function menu items. There will be music, dancing, games and fun surprises too!
The Thursday, 8th February event will be a free and all-inclusive event however; the ‘pop-up’ will be available throughout February and concluding on Sunday, 11th March.
This Tanqueray ‘Gin and Juice’ pop up is a first for Melbourne’s bustling bar scene. The team behind this iconic Melbourne pub plan to activate the laneway and bar areas every quarter according to the seasons and preferred drinking accompaniment.