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
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!”
"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, 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