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Five must-try cocktails at the Winery’s Bar Schweppes pop-up this month
Something special is going on at the Winery for a limited time only until Sunday May 5. Schweppes are taking over the venue with Bar Schweppes, a month-long pop-up celebrating their new range of Signature Series Mixers and craft soft drinks. They have teamed up with three of the country’s best industry talents to create the first range of mixers advised on by professional bartenders in Australia. Enter: Charlie Ainsbury, the former co-owner of This Must Be the Place in Darlinghurst; Jess Arnott, top three in MasterChef Australia 2015 and ex-Chula in Potts Point; and Chris Hysted, three-time Australian Bartender of the Year. This gang have helped to come up with some elevated and versatile mixers that will appear in these sensational cocktails at $15 a pop, as well as at Dan Murphy’s stores nationwide. Photograph: Supplied Blossom and Tonic This cocktail uses Schweppes Signature Series Bright Tonic, which is made during a 12-month process and less bitter on the palate than your average tonic with the addition of orange oil, lemon oil and Javanese cinchona bark (which adds the necessary quinine to make tonic water). The tonic is then added to gin, blanco vermouth and elderflower cordial, and the whole thing is topped with lemongrass and baby’s breath to deliver a refreshing and citrusy kick to the classic G&T. This one is a perfect starter to ease your way into the rest of the list. Photograph: Supplied La Vida Collins A Tom Collins that switches out gin for white rum,
Ranting and pedantic aren’t usually two words which are associated with being hilarious, but UK comedian Paul Foot’s absurd musings have won him multiple awards, including the BBC New Comedy award and voted Best of the Fest in 2013 at the Sydney Comedy Festival. He’s back on our shores to deliver his new show, Image Conscious in April. In his new show, the fast-talking comedian will move from topics like the reality of a soft-shell crab to the administrative and logistical nightmare of hosting an orgy with his trademark jerky movements and sometimes frantic delivery. It’s an odd prospect, watching a man work himself up into a frenzy over iceberg lettuce, but the combination is comic gold. His previous turn in Sydney was in 2017 with ‘Tis a Pity She’s a Piglet, which marked 20 years in comedy. Throughout that time, he’s become known for his rejection of anything pop culture (think leather motorcycle jacket, paisley tie and a pants and belt combo that may never have been in vogue) and his surrealist view of the world. If you’ve never had the pleasure of seeing Foot live, a quick google search will send you a myriad gala spots which will either have you chuckling or wondering if he’s a little bit insane. You can also catch him on various UK TV and Radio slots, including Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Would I Lie to You, 8 out of 10 cats and The Infinite Monkey Cage. Be sure to nab a spot at his Sydney show Image Conscious on April 26-28.
English Baroque with Circa
The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and Brisbane-based performance company Circa are back to deliver a collaboration which mixes 16th and 17th-century music with acrobatics and contemporary circus. English Baroque with Circa is the third installment from the two companies, who previously teamed up to create the Helpmann award-winning performance French Baroque in 2015 and again in 2017 with Spanish Baroque to a sell-out crowd. The dazzling combination of contemporary movement with 500-year-old English masque and theatre music will premiere at the Canberra International Music Festival before heading on to Sydney's City Recital Hall, arguably one of the only concert spaces in the city with acoustics superb enough to match the tumbling commotion on stage. Artistic director Paul Dyer of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and Yaron Lifschitz of Circa have created an inspired pasticcio with works from English composers Henry Purcell, John Playford and John Dowland woven together into one piece. Celebrated soprano Jane Sheldon, who starred in The Howling Girls with the Sydney Chamber Orchestra in 2018, will be sharing the stage with Circa acrobats and the Brandenburg musicians. Tickets start from $30, with $41 seats for under 30's. The Sydney season is only running for six shows before moving on around the country. If this performance is anything like the previous offerings from the duo, this daring collaboration will enchant from start to finish.
11 top things to do in Queenstown
Queenstown really packs a lot in. Not only is it the largest ski resort in New Zealand – during the peak season the picturesque Southern Alps are dotted with snow bunnies like kiwifruit on giant white pavlovas – it’s also the home of bungy jumping and all manner of heart-stopping adventure activities. Food and wine lovers are well catered for, too.