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Friday 17 June 2022

Aussie bartenders put new twist on US cocktail classics

Calling all cocktail lovers.

You can download a free cocktail recipe book as part of the Cheers! Spirits from the USA campaign aimed to promoting Us distilled spirits on July 4.

The campaign has partnered with 22 of Australia’s leading bartenders to create a free cocktail book containing a range of localised versions of cocktails that feature American spirits.

The cocktails in the book are all "make-at-home" versions, but people can head into participating bars around the country to taste ones made by the professionals.

You can download the free cocktail book right here.

The cocktails will highlight the versatility of American spirit brands including Angel’s Envy, Jack Daniels, Koval, Maker’s Mark, Old Forester, Wild Turkey, Westland, Westward American Single Malt Whiskey and Woodford Reserve.

The participating bartenders will also have their drinks available at their venues.

Mixologists involved from June 27-July 4 will be:

Simon Hopkins (Jolene’s Sydney – NSW) puts a chocolate spin on the classic Old Fashioned using Westward Whiskey.
Dan Gregory (The Gresham Bar - QLD) is showcasing a Woodford Reserve Goin’ Out West.
Adam Lau (Grain Bar - NSW) develops the DJ Sutherland celebrating Westland American Oak Whiskey.
Grace Rawlins (Memphis Slim's House of Blues - SA) is using Westland Peated Whiskey in a Spicy Peat cocktail.
Chris Garner (The Barrie - NSW) is highlighting Wild Turkey Bourbon in Mate of Mine.
Ana Mitchell (The 18th Amendment Bar - VIC) is creating the Noble Forester featuring Old Forester Bourbon.
Jack Patchett (Black Bottle Bar - NSW) has put a spin on the classic whiskey sour, using a Koval Cranberry Sour.
Brendon Hill (Duck Duck Goose and Gellafrenda - NSW) is showcasing Wild Turkey in his Best of the West serve.
Elisa Rodrigues (Paloma Wine Bar - QLD) is reinventing the classic cocktail with a Coconut Old Fashioned using Old Forester Bourbon.
Zach Mynott (La Costa – QLD) creates a modern Russel's Reserve 10 highball.
Scott Allan (Nola Bar and Smokehouse - NSW) is creating a Reservoir Rye Manhattan.
Talis Heggart (Memphis Slim's House of Blues - SA) has localised the Lynchburg Lemonade with a Jack Daniel’s Lynchburg Lowdown.
Francesca Camili (Beneath Driver Lane - VIC) is showcasing Wild Turkey Rye in a Sweet Valentine.
Paudric Kennedy (Barangaroo House - NSW) is using Makers Mark in his Wax Lyrical cocktail.
Ben Walsh (Jolene’s Sydney – NSW) puts a banana spin on the Old Fashioned with Jack Daniels Tennessee Whiskey.
Corby Small (The Gresham Bar - QLD) is creating a spin on the Brandy Alexander showcasing Angel’s Envy.
Nat Yao (Bar Margaux - VIC) celebrates Angel’s Envy in an Australian adaption.
Chau Tran (Burrow Bar - NSW) is creating a drinkable sticky date pudding showcasing Jack Daniel's Rye.
Subha Thapa (Frank Mac’s - NSW) is showcasing Koval Dry Gin in the Aussie Woodland Mule.
Ari Abels (Doss House - NSW) is creating a Banana Old Fashioned featuring Westward American Single Malt.
Aiden Rodriquez (Eau De Vie – VIC) celebrates Angel’s Envy in his Crimson Carpet creation.
Micheal Keogh (Memphis Slim's House of Blues - SA) celebrates the quality of Maker’s Mark with the Ginger Blues cocktail.

Charles McEntee from the Distilled Spirits Council of the US, which sponsors the Cheers! Spirits from the USA campaign in Australia says: “Australia is known for having some of the most knowledgeable and innovative bartenders, so we’re looking forward to seeing how they highlight American distilled spirits in a way Australians will truly love. 

"It’s not often world-class bartenders partner to create cocktail books that are free, so we hope adults across Australia get to enjoy it!”

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