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Punch: Drinks to Make Friends With
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Punch: Drinks to Make Friends With

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There is a punch for every occasion where people gather – from rowdy parties to refined celebrations – and drinks gurus Shaun Byrne and Nick Tesar are on a mission to share the love.

Designed to infuse colour and conversation into your next gathering, Punch offers up fifty delicious and unexpected recipes that take inspiration from flavours and festivities around the globe. Travel via your tastebuds from the South Pole, with a hot piña colada in hand, to Rio for a Carnival-inspired slushie punch. In Melbourne, share a punch perfect for a sporting final before toasting to good fortune in China.

With low- and no-alcohol punches and recipes that are easily scaled, Punch has something for you and all your friends – long-time or soon-to-be-made.


About the Authors
Since meeting on the job at Melbourne's Gin Palace in 2013, Shaun Byrne and Nick Tesar have always worked closely. In 2017 they founded Marionette Liqueurs along with a couple of mates. It went on to win Champion Liqueur in the Distilled Spirits Awards in 2018 and 2019.

Shaun is an ideas man. After bartending, his first venture into production changed the game for a whole category - vermouth. Maidenii is now a mainstay in Australia's bars, and six years in it's still innovating, with products winning titles such as Best Aperitif and Most Influential Spirits Innovation . Shaun's consultancy business Good Measure enables him to share his knowledge with the many startups that are entering the fold, and brings high-quality bars and local products to festivals across the country. Although you'll no longer find Shaun behind a bar, he's constantly powering away behind the scenes to bring fresh categories to centrestage.

Nick never sits still. He is at the helm of some of Melbourne's most respected venues (Lume, Bar Liberty) and, while many peers are focused on gin or whisky, Nick is looking to the future of drinking, and dominating parts of the industry that have been overlooked.