Let happy hour beGIN…
If you’re anything like us, you might have found that the magic of being your own at-home bartender is starting to wear off. Sure, there’s some level of satisfaction to be found from shaking a celebratory cocktail above your head, but also how many more free-pour margaritas need to go wrong before you admit to yourself that maybe you’re not exactly Harry Craddock?
Don’t worry! Sydney’s very own Gin Lane has come to save the day, offering weekly cocktail classes for those who still want to give it a crack, and a drive-thru cocktail pick up for those of us who are happy to let the experts take over.
Led by internationally acclaimed mixologist and the founder of one of Australia’s best gin bars, Gin Lane, Grant Collins is hosting an Instagram Live ‘Virtual Friday Drinks’ session every Friday at 3:30pm every week. In these, he runs through the tips and tricks you’ll need to make your own cocktails at home.
Even better, he’ll select a ‘Gin of the Week’ and show you how to build the perfect G&T with it. So if you don’t know your Gordon’s from your Bombay Sapphire, then this is the place to head. Or, if you’re looking for something a little zestier, he’ll also be demonstrating more simple creations and signature serves. Start your weekend early and get shaking.
Alternatively, on Sunday’s, you can join Grant online for his speedy ‘2 in 10’ sessions, where he’ll show you how to make two amazing drinks from scratch, in just 10 minutes – all using ingredients you’ll probably have in your fridge already.
However, if like us, it’s the end of the week and you’re feeling a little lazy, then let Grant and the team at Gin Lane do all the hard work for you.
Chippendale’s Gin Lane are offering the city’s first ever drive-thru cocktail service. Simply check out the menu online, send your order in by SMS or email, and drive up to receive your cocktail package contactlessly. Each drink comes pre-made and fully sealed, with prepared garnishes and instructions. For extra guidance, you can also watch how-to videos by Grant on Gin Lane’s IGTV. If this is totally up your lane, you can also order especially Iso Cocktail Packages for birthdays, and even Mother’s day.
Our Pick of the Menu:
This special cocktail combines Tanqueray London Dry Gin, dry orange liqueur, pressed organic blueberries and citrus. Sweet but sharp, Gin Lane’s Blueberry Daisy is a gorgeous and flavour-filled option.
Simple but sensational, this cocktail comprises London Dry Gin, Maraschino, Creme de Violet, lime and cherry. The perfect option for a tipple-lover who wants a little bit of spice added to their happy hour at home.
'Filthy Dirty' Canned Martini
Yes, this cocktail really does come in a can; but don’t be deceived, it’s just as artfully crafted as the rest. There’s no denying that this is the cocktail that celebrates boldness (and brine!), but why not? It’s a Friday!
Gin Lane drive-thru and delivery is available from 2:30 – 8:30pm Wednesday and Thursday, 1 – 9pm Friday and Saturday 4:30pm. For more information, head to the Gin Lane website.
Want to try Gin Lane’s cocktail drive-thru and their incredible creations? This weekend Gin Lane is offering Hunter and Bligh readers 15% off their first order using the code “Hunter&Bligh15” at checkout. Valid Friday 08 and Saturday 09 May 2020 only.
Want some more ideas to spice up your at home happy hour? Discover the best cocktails for delivery and pick up in Sydney, or have a crack at making your own with these Mother’s Day cocktail recipes.
Editor’s note: Hunter and Bligh was gifted by Gin Lane. All reviews are authentic and are in no way influenced by our partnership.