Friday Cocktail Hour. Pina Colada

Friday, July 31st 2015

Mood: You find yourself sipping them well and truly into the night, whether you’re poolside in the middle of tropicana or dreaming of slow afternoons that take you into sunset… the cocktail classic, for the nomadic girl, or the girl that gets a serious sense of wanderlust when the weekend rolls around. This week we were lucky enough to have the team from Anise Catering in the office, mixing up the most incredible Pina Coladas we've ever tasted! Just add a few of our favourite cocktail hour tunes... 

Cocktail: Pina Colada

 40mm / 1 1/3 ounces White Caribbean Rum

 20mm /  1/2 ounce Spiced Caribbean Rum

 50mm /  1 1/2 ounces Coconut Cream

 50mm /  1 1/2 ounces Pineapple Juice

 25mm / 3/4 ounce Agave

 10mm / 1/3 ounce Lime Juice

 Fresh coconut (to garnish).

 Place all ingredients in a cocktail shaker, shaking quickly and vigorously to combine. Strain into a tall glass over ice, or a chilled coupette, garnishing with coconut shavings. 

Playlist: (Follow The LANE Playlist on Spotify

Salad Days / Mac Demarco

The Heat / Jungle

Little Bit / Lykke Li

Sun Models / OZESZA, Madelyn Grant

No One / Thelma Plum

Tell Me / Golden Features (feat. Nicole Miller)

You Were Right / Rufus

Exotic. An exploration of theme.

Thursday, July 30th 2015

Exotic, a meaning, a feeling, an aesthetic we've been exploring this month at The LANE. We've asked some women who, to us, design, create and live an embodiment of exotic... what does it mean to you? 

Charlotte Blakeney of By CHARLOTTE (Jewelry Designer)
“When I think exotic, I think of travelling to a distant country where I feel most connected, where my creative mind is heightened and where my designs come alive…” 

Sybil Steele (Photographer)
“Exotic for me usually means a far flung land, somewhere that once seemed unattainable in a dream but once you truly get there reinvigorates your senses on nearly every level.  It starts with a smell in the air, like citrus trees in a courtyard in Morocco while there is a call to prayer echoing about.  It then evolves with unfamiliar faces, dress, food and customs. The end result of exotic is the understanding that the world is dynamic, multi-layered and diversity is not lost in the monotony of a modern day world.”

Hanalei Reponty (Model)
"Exotic is an eternal freedom of roaming the world. For myself, it is a frame of mind where there are endless possibilities through adventure of the unknown. This is why I wake up every day feeling inspired."

Kristy Ellen (Makeup Artist, Contributor / Winged Eye
“Escaping to the unknown with my husband, just us two! Whether it is a new destination, or simply a new restaurant! Experiencing something unique & something that at first seems strange, but fun & adventurous all at the same time!”

Bambi (Model)
"Exotic to me means... sexy islands, blue oceans, bright Suns, coconuts, kisses."

Cassandra Ladru (Photographer) 
"Exotic to me is that immediate connection and ability to evoke feelings to a foreign place... For me, travelling to a different country is this incredible sensory overload in many ways; and when I think back to some of my favourite places around the world, that is what takes me right back to that place and time. The visuals, the sounds, the scents, the tastes; just the overall characteristics of that specific place." 

Victoria Beattie (Founder, The Beach People)

“Exotic is a faraway place. That breathtaking place that demands all your senses to take note. It’s where you feel the unfelt.” 


Friday Cocktail Hour. Cinnamon & Anise Sour.

Friday, July 17th 2015

Mood: Transporting you to another place, a bar on the beach in Mexico, a sunlight deck overlooking the vast landscapes of somewhere far away, just you, your closest friends, cocktail in hand, you're moving to the new and the old school & you're refilling your glass for the fourth time... We thought who better to take us there than electronic DJ, singer/song writer, Elizabeth Rose, who's upcoming performance at Australian music festival Splendour in the Grass has us just a little bit excited to dance. And in the meantime she's put together for us her favourite tracks to take us to that somewhere (we've thrown in one of our favourite tracks by the girl herself because we can't get enough)... 

Cocktail: Cinnamon & Anise Sour

 60mm / 2 ounces Pear Vodka

 20mm /  1/2 ounce Lemon Juice

 20mm /  1/2 ounce Spiced Sugar Syrup

 1/2 Egg White of 1 Egg

 Pear & Cinnamon to Garnish

 To make Spiced Sugar Syrup place 3 pieces each of lemon and orange peel (pith removed), 5 cloves, 3 cinnamon sticks, 5 star anise, 1 cup of raw sugar and 1 1/2 cups of water in a pan, simmering until syrupy and reduced by half. Cool and strain. 

Place syrup, vodka, lemon juice and egg white into a shaker filled with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a glass filled with ice, garnishing with a pear slice (dusted in cinnamon and dried slowly in the oven).

Playlist: (Follow The LANE Playlist on Spotify

All I Could Do / Oscar Key Sun 

Outstanding / Gap Band 

Leave Me Alone / Kaytranada 

Alone in Da Sun / Beat Spacek 

Feel It Boy / Beenie Man feat. Janet Jackson

The Way / James Welsh

Wanna Be Loved / Jill Scott

Makeda / Les Nubians

Forget Me Nots / Patrice Rushen 

Groove is in the Heart / Deee-Lite

The Good Life / Elizabeth Rose 

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