In Drinks Spirits by Clyde Mooney

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Research from the UK finds cocktails are increasingly the drink of choice with a meal and more essential on the drinks menu than ever, as pubs head into summer down under.

Cocktails are more popular than they’ve been in some years, in part due to their suitability for social media.

Research from leading UK data consultancy CGA on total volume on-premise to September 2018 has found the long-standing most popular cocktail in the country – the Mojito – has been overtaken by relative newcomer, the Pornstar Martini.

CGA also found millions of customers now choosing to drink a cocktail with their meal in a venue, influencing drinks lists and the skillsets of bar staff.

In Australia, Bacardi is “stirring up creativity” of its own, announcing a partnership between its Bombay Sapphire and Australia’s oldest and most visited gallery, the National Gallery of Victoria.

The union is being celebrating with a gala event at the Gallery on 1 December, and a range of Bombay cocktails, such as the Bombay Sapphire Negroni (images below).


Pornstar Martini

2 ripe passion fruits, halved (skin should appear crinkled)

60ml vanilla vodka

30ml passoa

1 tbsp lime juice

1 tbsp sugar syrup

Shot of Prosecco or Champagne on the side





Bombay Sapphire Negroni

25ml      Bombay Sapphire Gin

25ml      Martini Rubino Vermouth

25ml      Martini Bitter

Orange slice


Step 1 – Add ice to a rocks glass

Step 2 – Add Bombay Sapphire Gin, Martini Rubino and Bitter to the glass

Step 3 – Stir well to combine and provide a little dilution

Step 4 – Garnish with an orange slice