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Rooftop Gardening, Beekeeping, Composting for the Bar at Charlie Parker's in Sydney

Charlie Parker's is a cocktail bar downstairs from restaurant Fred's in Sydney, Australia. Above both of them is a rooftop garden where they have a 20,000-resident beehive, lots of edible produce, and composting. Our compost bins take care of 90% of all bar waste and our top to tail plastic free approach has seen major success from exclusively using grain straws (or no straws), to all drink prep being stored in food safe mason jars that double as epic sous vide vessels. Our garnishes are made out of the by products from our preps and, our citrus soda is the... Read more →


Keep Mint Fresh Longer on the Bartop and in Storage

In this post we'll examine preparing mint so that it lasts a longer time either on the bartop during service, and/or stored to last a long time. The basics of mint preparation were researched and published by consultant Peter Vestinos and has become known as the Vestinos Method. You can find the full account of mint preparation for the bar top on his website The Bar Medic. The basics of the technique are: Strip the mint of lower leaves. Cut the stems of bunches of mint to the desired length. Cut them at an angle as you do flowers. Plunge... Read more →