We spoke to Kayla Reid from Melbourne’s new destination cocktail bar Nick & Nora’s, who provided some expert drink mixing tips to impress your guests.
Tip 1: Forage for local produce
Forage in your local area for fresh herbs, edible flowers and other ingredients to add to your cocktails, punches and spritzes. Citrus is everywhere around Melbourne: lemons, limes, mandarins, oranges, you name it. Foraging also means sustainable, spray-free ingredients, and saving on costs.
Tip 2: What to avoid when preparing for a party of 10 or more
Work smarter not harder, avoid doing lots of individual serves and make drinks in large batches/carafes/punch bowls, adding ice to glassware as you go. Adding ice to the mix will dilute your recipe, and the flavour.
Tip 3: Always have a delicious non-alcoholic option
Verjuice is a god send when it comes to non-alcoholic drinks, it brings a level of acidity and bite. Pair it with a simple fruit or berry syrup and some citrus and you’re good to go.