Articles by Tam Allenby

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Singapore Sling

If any drink has come to symbolise the height of colonial chic, it has to be the Singapore Sling. Brightly coloured and reminiscent of the
tiki drinks of the Caribbean with its pineapple garnish, the Singapore Sling was created in 1915 at the Raffles Hotel in Singapore by bartender Ngiam Tong Boon. … Continue reading

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Pina Colada

If you like…. PINA COLADAS! Guaranteed you’ll be humming that for the rest of the day now. You’re welcome. While Pina Colada Day is on 10 July, smack in the middle of the northern hemisphere summer, the cocktail (whose name literally means “strained pineapple”) pops up on plenty of cocktail menus around Australia as the… Continue reading

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Rusty Nail

According to cocktail authority Dale DeGroff, the invention of the Rusty Nail should be credited to bartenders at the 21 Club in Manhattan who came up with the idea sometime in the early 1960s. The cocktail’s name was then settled in 1963 after one Gina MacKinnon, who was the chairwoman of the Drambuie Liqueur Company… Continue reading

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It turns out that in fact the Paloma, not the Margarita, is Mexico’s most popular way of serving tequila in cocktail form. Despite the fact that when everyone thinks tequila cocktails they think of the classic lime-driven cocktail that is the Margarita, when in Mexico itself, it is the Paloma that really steals the show…. Continue reading