drinks
Friday, March 14th, 2014

Walnut Drink

In January I made my second trip up to Qingdao in China’s Shandong province. It was a short trip but we packed in plenty of good food!  Over the course of the week, our gracious hosts took us to a variety of restaurants around the city, ordering up plate upon plate of local dishes.  I [...]

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

Iced Chai Tea

With similar colour properties to cola-cola you could be forgiven for turning your nose up at the attractiveness of this drink, however what it lacks in aesthetic value it most certainly makes up for in flavour and refreshment.

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

White sangria

I’m sure many of you have experienced the downside of a sunny, summer’s day party. A few drinks in the sun only to feel dehydrated, lacklustre and in need of a siesta just a few hours later. It’s not only the alcohol content in your drinks which does this to you but also the sugar

Friday, January 18th, 2013

Peach Bellini

At this time of year in Dunedin the days are long – tonight the sun will not set until close to 9:30 – so there is plenty of time after work for entertaining. A little light and summery drink made with fresh peaches, this is the perfect thing to sip with friends while you watch [...]

Sunday, September 30th, 2012

Gin & pomegranate cocktail

I had been given a bottle of pomegranate molasses for my birthday some time ago (years ago in fact!) and am embarrassed to admit that as time passed it was nudged further and further backwards on its shelf in my fridge, at last joining the ranks of the jars whose contents had been long since [...]

Monday, September 24th, 2012

Toast Auckland 2012

Building on the baking competitions we have had in the past, and a growing passion for brewing amongst our fellow cohorts, it was decided that we would step things up a little and host a brewing competition.  Sam Possenniskie of Yeastie Boys fame and Nick Jones, a passionate home-brewer with links to Mike’s Organic Brewery, kindly [...]

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

Cola Syrup

Less sweet and more spiced than commercial cola, there is real depth to the flavour of this syrup – it makes the perfect base for a mocktail. Pour over crushed ice, add a couple of very finely sliced rounds of fresh orange and lemon, and top with soda water (novelty umbrella optional).

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

Raspberry & lime iced tea

My initial thought was to make a cocktail for this month’s high tea theme but after much deliberation I decided that I would turn my hand instead to iced tea. I had never made iced tea before, nor had I ever given too much thought to it so I did a little bit of reading [...]

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

Coriander, Lemon, Lime and Honey refresher

Happy New Year! Back in 2007 I was lucky enough to travel through Sri Lanka. I wiled away hours ‘researching’ Ayurvedic treatments and their properties on the human body. Intriguingly, after each treatment was over, the lucky recipient was served something very similar to this drink. 

Monday, December 19th, 2011

Christmas tea

On numerous occasions I have told of my passion for tea, and on numerous occasions (probably in the same breath) I have told of my desire to blend my own tea.  I remember several years ago now feeling particularly inspired, wanting to blend, package and brand my own tea, as well as design wee tea [...]

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

Cherry, lime & whiskey cocktails

Given the plethora of ingredients, both alcohol based and otherwise, and the infinite potential combinations with which to create a cocktail, it was no mean feat designing the liquid offering which would begin our wintry dinner party.  However, given the celebratory nature of our evening I figured that an apt ingredient upon which to build [...]

Sunday, September 19th, 2010

Banana & coconut smoothie

Smoothies will forever remind me of  Kate, a close friend from boarding school.  Kate’s parents live south of Auckland on a beautiful, sprawling farm (called Farfileds) a stones throw from the rugged west coast.  I am fortunate enough to spend time at Farfields every summer upon Kate’s return to the motherland after months away working [...]

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