Home Grown: Bar Quality Australian Cocktails By The Bottle

MELBOURNE | The quality of small bars in Melbourne is second to none, and during 2020 and 2021, it’s a scene that we’ve not been able to partake in as much as we’d like. COVID has brought challenges to the hospitality industry, but it’s also opened new doors for those willing to pounce on opportunity.

During Melbourne Cocktail Festival earlier this year, Worksmith founders Michael Bascetta (Falco, Capitano, Bar Liberty) and Roscoe Power identified a gap in the market, and had an idea. There are a lot of great Australian spirit producers out there, and plenty of amazing bars and bartenders. Why not create a selection of ready to drink, bottled cocktails that showcases both? And so, Home Grown was born.

Home Grown launched in July this year, with three cocktails that are fun, accessible, and taste great. The Worksmith team collaborated with Seb Reaburn (Anther Gin, Topshelf Spirits) and Ryan Noreiks (Fancy Free) to create:

  • Ginger & Mango Spritz made with Anther gin
  • Creamy Soda Highball made with Ned whisky
  • Strawberry & River Mint Spritz made with Grainshaker rye vodka

The cocktails are session friendly, with none over 10% ABV. Perfect to enjoy in lockdown, and even better for summer dinner parties and barbecues when the warm weather hits and lockdown is over. Already, several venues have been earmarked to have the cocktails on tap post-lockdown.

You can order the cocktails directly from the Home Grown website, or find them at select retailers across Melbourne and Sydney.

Paul founded The City Lane back in 2009 as a place to share photos of his travels around Europe with friends and family. The City Lane might have changed quite a lot since those early days but one thing that’s remained constant is Paul’s passion for food, travel and culture, and a desire to photograph and write about his experiences. Paul has a strong inquisitive nature that drives him to look beneath the surface in order to discover what really makes a city and its people tick, and what better way to do this than over a good meal or drink, with a city’s locals, at places that people who live in that city actually frequent. Paul is also a co-host of The Brunswick Beer Collective, a podcast that may or may not actually be about beer.


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