Cocktails in the Hamilton CBD

It’s a hard job but someone has to do it!  Here’s the Nourish teams round up of some great cocktails and cocktail spots in Hamilton Central. Mystic Den Sweet Tooth, $16 Baileys, Vodka, Vanilla, Strawberry, Cream. Taste like a strawberry ice cream. 337 Victoria Street   Gothenburg Raspberry Mojito, $20 Raspberry Mojito – Bacardi rum, […]

Italian Summer

Words by Tash McGill Picture yourself strolling through the vibrant streets of an Italian town during the late afternoon – finally enjoying a touch of European summer! This summer is the perfect time to indulge in the most popular Italian aperitif ever created – Aperol. First released in Padua, Italy in 1919, Aperol is full […]

Amaretto Semifreddo with Moscato Apricots

Recipes Vicki Ravlich-Horan, Images Ashlee DeCaires Semifreddo means semi frozen, and while I don’t want to say it’s a cheat’s version of ice cream, it is a heck of a lot easier and you don’t need a machine to make it. I’ve poached the apricots in moscato, a light sweet summery wine, or you could […]

Cheers to Champagne

Words Vicki Ravlich-Horan Images Ashlee DeCaires If you are looking for authentic French fare, La Cave on Riverlea Road in Hamilton is the place to go.  From foie gras to escargot, pastries to cheese and chocolates, plus wine, of course. And you can’t get any more French than Champagne! We popped in to check out […]

Raspberry & Orange Shrub

Words and Images by Emma Galloway I don’t drink alcohol, so I’m always playing around with alcohol-free beverages that still have a celebratory air about them. Fruit shrubs (aka drinking vinegars) are one I turn to throughout the year, using all manner of seasonal fruit and flavourings. Here I’ve kept it simple with raspberries and […]

Coffee Conversation

If, as café customers, we’ve learnt one thing post Covid, it’s patience. The hospitality industry has been hit hard by a pandemic of staff shortages. Most have signs on their doors advertising for baristas, chefs or wait persons. The government-imposed hoops to jump made acquiring permanent staff from overseas arduous and time consuming. Many of […]

NZ vs France

I fell in love with Pinot Noir in France. Exploring a French supermarché with baguette, ham and Camembert in hand, I entered the wine aisle to pick up a bottle of red to enjoy. Gone were the labels I was used to. Where was the Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Rosé? Replaced with Chateau de something, […]

GRAPE – ness

In 1817 novelist and poet Thomas Love Peacock wrote, “The juice of the grape is the liquid quintessence of concentrated sunbeams.” And as I nurse a fresh throbbing wasp sting on my hand, I can’t help but agree. Harvesting a few bunches from my own vines for this shoot was not without risk, such is […]

Refreshing and Sparkling, Iced Herb Teas

Words Natalie Jaques, Images Vicki Ravlich Horan Long sunny days and balmy evenings, BBQs, Christmas and New Year functions, these all symbolise the Kiwi summer. It is customary to feel like something refreshing to drink at the end of the day, whether it is to share with friends, to cool off with, or to just […]


Recipe Bar Centrale, Images Brydie Thompson A simple and refreshing Italian classic that relies on just three ingredients. Campari is an Italian aperitif infused with herbs and fruits that will bring a little punch of bitterness to the drink. You can choose your favourite sweet vermouth here, but it should be stored in the fridge […]