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What to drink when you're not drinking – take your martini dry with Lyre's booze-free spirits
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What to drink when you’re not drinking – take your martini dry with Lyre’s booze-free spirits

You may be participating in Dry January or just detoxing from the festive season altogether, but for those of us sensible (and selfless) enough to bear the burden of being designated driver on a night out, the craving for a cocktail can be a moralistic tug-o-war. That's where Lyre's steps in – a range of delicious non-alcoholic spirits that help make a mean mocktail. more

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From Mexico to Queensland – Volando is the new tequila in town calling the shots
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From Mexico to Queensland – Volando is the new tequila in town calling the shots

There are many countries around the world to thank for our favourite alcoholic spirits – Russia and Poland for vodka, the Caribbean islands for rum, Holland for gin, Scotland and Ireland for whiskey and, of course, Mexico for tequila. Tequila tends to invoke strong feelings in its drinkers – some love it in a margarita, others prefer a straight-shot approach. If you consider yourself a lover of the spirit, we have some pretty darn exciting news to share ... more

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We’ve got the scoop! Messina and Australian Brewery collaborate to create Gelato Ale
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We’ve got the scoop! Messina and Australian Brewery collaborate to create Gelato Ale

Sometimes two things come together in an unlikely union to create something spectacular. Like when a duckling and a golden retriever become best friends or when Martha Stewart and Snoop Dog start a cooking show. The latest collaboration to rock our worlds is Messina x Australian Brewery and its resulting invention – Gelato Ale. No need to pinch yourself, you’re not dreaming – now you can have your dulce de leche and drink it too. more

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Have fun with hydration care of Calm & Stormy Sparkling Mineral Water
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Have fun with hydration care of Calm & Stormy Sparkling Mineral Water

The human body is made up of 60 percent water. The earth? That’s 71 percent. Yet with all of this water around us we still seem to struggle downing our eight recommended glasses a day. It makes sense – it’s hard for water to compete with exciting beverages like bubble tea and frozé. In an effort to combat dehydration and revive our interest in water, Calm & Stormy Sparkling Mineral Water has created a range of fizzy and flavourful drinks with H2O as the main ingredient. more

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In high spirits – Natural Distilling Co launches with hemp gin and vodka
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In high spirits – Natural Distilling Co launches with hemp gin and vodka

Hemp is the multipurpose ingredient we’ve always needed. While everyone has been distracted by one controversial purpose in particular, innovators have been using the leafy plant in numerous ways – as a clothing material, in beauty products and in life-changing medical treatments. It was during his time working in the medical cannabis industry that Rhys Staley realised he could combine his expertise on hemp with his passion for DIY distilling. Not too much later, Rhys started working on Natural Distilling Co and now it has launched with two bespoke hemp-flavoured spirits. more

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Get into the Christmas spirit with gin-infused pudding from Four Pillars
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Get into the Christmas spirit with gin-infused pudding from Four Pillars

Christmas and alcohol go hand-in-hand – it’s called the silly season for a reason. We can’t imagine an office Christmas party without a few, or a family lunch without a little something to take the edge off! When Four Pillars announced a gin-infused Christmas collection of drinkable and edible treats, we knew they were onto something special that would get us in the festive spirit. more


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Brisbane bottled – Australian Distilling Co release new gin inspired by the river city
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Brisbane bottled – Australian Distilling Co release new gin inspired by the river city

Many an iconic city has been immortalised in beverage form – think Long Island iced tea and the Moscow mule. No doubt inspired by these drinks, Australian Distilling Co have taken a crack at bottling Brisbane. Yes, the essence of Brissy can now be mixed with tonic or added to your next negroni with the arrival of Australian Distilling Co’s Brisbane Gin. How does our hometown taste? You’ll have to head to your local bar or bottle shop to find out. more

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Love Can is on a mission to redeem the premixed drink
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Love Can is on a mission to redeem the premixed drink

Few beverages have as shaky a reputation as the premixed drink. It’s the troubled young star of spirits, associated with poor decisions and sickly sweet flavours. Pour one out at a party over the age of 25 and and risk raising a few brows. Where others saw a lost cause, Sydney distillery Poor Toms and Melbourne soft drink maker StrangeLove saw potential, so they came together to do the impossible – make a premixed drink that actually tastes good. The result is Love Can, which launched with an elegant trio of beverages that will make you rethink your premixed prejudices. more

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We’ll drink to that – Empirical Spirits is bringing a taste of Copenhagen to Australia
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We’ll drink to that – Empirical Spirits is bringing a taste of Copenhagen to Australia

Copenhagen is a kind of utopia where 62-percent of commuters ride bicycles, parental leave is 52 weeks long and interiors are so cosy they invented a new word to describe it – Hygge. It’s no surprise then, that this city is also home to Empirical Spirits, a company leading the spirits pack in flavour innovation. If Copenhagen is a little far to travel for your next knock-off drink, you needn’t worry. From Sunday December 1, Empirical Spirits will be available in bars, restaurants and retailers across Australia. more

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Spruce up your work lunch and life with a tiny jar of Meredith Dairy Goat Cheese
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Spruce up your work lunch and life with a tiny jar of Meredith Dairy Goat Cheese

Look, we'll admit it – the vast majority of us here at The Weekend Edition are total turophiles. There, we said it. We don't just like cheese, we love it! We obsess over it and spend more time than we'd like to admit talking about it and thinking about it, which is precisely why we're so excited that Meredith Dairy has released its delicious marinated goat cheese in super handy 100-gram jars. more

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Crack open a limited edition bottle of pet-nat from City Winery and Zero Fox
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Crack open a limited edition bottle of pet-nat from City Winery and Zero Fox

What do you get when an inner-city winery joins forces with a craft-beer dispensary? A seriously tasty tipple, that's what. City Winery and Zero Fox, two of Teneriffe's bonafide boozy hotspots, have come together to create a drinkable lovechild by way of a limited-edition bottle of pet-nat, or petillant-naturel for the uninitiated. Pet-nat varietals are gaining traction in the world of natural wines, but before you go thinking it's a new fad, it actually heralds a return to the ancient way of making sparkling wine. more

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Fancy a specific drop? TextWine is your own personal sommelier
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Fancy a specific drop? TextWine is your own personal sommelier

Sometimes wines are hit and miss. Some will make your tastebuds do a little happy dance and linger in your memory long after the last sip whilst others are destined to be erased. If you have ever experienced the pain of falling in love with a wine at a restaurant but have then forgotten the name of it when you went to find it again (possibly because you enjoyed it a little too hard) or you want to relive a special memory with a particular drop but have no idea where to find it, you need TextWine in your life. more

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Raw World Company teams up with PNG cacao farmers for divine chocolate range
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Raw World Company teams up with PNG cacao farmers for divine chocolate range

Known for its range of healthy and nutritional snack foods and sustainably sourced coffee capsules, Raw World Company is adding to its product portfolio with a range of dark-chocolate bars. The company is working with local farmers in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville in Papua New Guinea, aiming to empower them and ensure a sustainable economic future for the local cacao industry. more

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Brisbane's own – Winston Quinn launches its debut range of boutique gin
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Brisbane’s own – Winston Quinn launches its debut range of boutique gin

Earlier this year, we revealed that Brisbane would soon boast a boutique inner-city gin distillery and cellar-door bar of its own in the form of Winston Quinn. After months of eager anticipation, the distillery is giving sippers the chance to taste the product for the very first time. Winston Quinn is rolling out its core range of artfully distilled, beautifully designed and incredibly tasty drops from this weekend, but we know where you can get a taste right now ... more