The key to making a delicious cocktail is the combination of fresh ingredients, great flavour balance and time to make them to order.
Many of Melbourne’s iconic cocktail bars take the shape of small, intimate venues, to allow bartenders to focus on their craft.
So what do you do when you host cocktail parties for up to 5,000 people and don’t want to compromise on quality?
Introducing Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre’s newest beverage supplier, StrangeLove – the craft soft drink company helping us to serve up quick, delicious cocktails made to order without compromise.
StrangeLove are a certified organic soft drink company specialising in quirky flavours you won’t find anywhere else, and act as the perfect mixer to spice up (literally, because there is a blood orange and chill flavour) any cocktail list.
The well-balanced StrangeLove flavours are all produced using fresh, organic produce. Simply add your choice of alcohol and fresh fruit or garnish to your chosen flavour (stirred, not shaken) to produce a delicious cocktail worthy of a spot on any great cocktail menu.
We paid a visit to the Strange Love production headquarters last week in Melbourne’s west suburb of Derrimut, to see first-hand how these delicious soft drinks are brought to life.
Production planning begins three months in advance, to ensure the right quantity of ingredients will be on-hand to produce up to 4000 cases at a time.
Almost 90 per cent of the organic ingredients used are Australian grown, with the production line taking an average of six hours.
The pasteurisation stage of the production process is the most important, ensuring the quality and longevity of the product so you’re guaranteed to get the same great tasting soft drink every time.
Blood Orange & Chilli – Tequila
Ginger Beer – Spiced rum
Bitter Grapefruit – Gin
Smoked Cola – Bourbon
We also hear there is a Lemon Squash flavour on the horizon, so stay tuned!
StrangeLove production in action: