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 Cocktail Series 2nd Edition – Negroni

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Negroni Cocktail


Trunks Bartenders make it wet! In this series each week we will be revealing  Trunks most popular cocktails along with easy to follow recipes.

Its getting warmer outside so we want to spice it up inside! As part of our spring cocktail line-up we’ve re worked the almighty Negroni.


A classic first created in Florence, Italy by Count Camillo Negroni in 1919. The drink came about when the Count asked the bartender to strengthen his favourite cocktail – the Americano; by adding gin instead of soda water (genius we know!).

The classic aperitif is made up of equal parts gin, Campari & sweet vermouth garnished with an orange twist. Trunk has created four variations on the classic which we hope you will enjoy.


The first features a specialty Gin created by local distillers Four Pillars, which features unique botanical treatment to cut through the strong flavour profiles that Campari & sweet vermouth put forward.



So here we go with our 1st  and most popular Negroni that comes with a little kick.


Spiced Negroni

30 Four Pillars Spiced Negroni Gin

30 Antica Formula

30 Campari

Chili infused ice


Chili infused ice is simple to make. All you have to do is remove the empty ice trays from the freezer because lets face it no one ever fills them back up!

Fill up ice cube trays with water and… here comes the tough part… in each cube place a whole small chili. Place the trays in the freezer and wait until set.


Pour ingredients into a mixing jug

Stir with plain ice until diluted & chilled

Strain into a stemless wine glass, add chili infused ice.



The second is a white Negroni, substituting the sweet red vermouth with clear Cocchi Americano, an aperitif wine. The Campari Element is substituted with Lillet Blanc.


Negroni Bianco

30 Bombay Saphire

30 Lillet Blanc

30 Cocchi Americano

Fresh grapefruit sliced


Just like our previous Negroni; Pour ingredients into a mixing jug

Stir with ice until diluted & chilled

Strain into a stemless wine glass, add ice, squeeze grapefruit wedge


Head over to our Instagram for more handy tips and tricks https://www.instagram.com/trunktown/ and dont forget to post a pic with the #trunkmakesitwet to show us how you went at home!

Cocktail Series 1st Edition – Smoked & Roasted 


orangeChestnut sprinkled with sugar ready for roastingSmoked and roasted


Trunks Bartenders make it wet! In this series each week we will be revealing  Trunks most popular cocktails along with easy to follow recipes.

So when you’ve just swiped right and your new Bae is coming round for some Netflix and chill you will have the the perfect libation to start or finish the evening.



So lets kick it off with a sexy smoked cocktail to set the mood.

Trunks Smoked & Roasted Cocktail is a twist on the 1930’s classic ‘Blood & Sand’. We’ve exchanged the smokey whiskey component for a more subtle bourbon & re-introduced the smoke component using roasted candied chestnut.

The aroma lingers in the glass without compromising the delicate flavours of orange, cherry, bourbon & sweet vermouth. Strong yet delicate, Smoked & Roasted is versatile enough to be enjoyed both as an aperitif or the perfect digestif after a meal.


Here’s how you can make it in the comfort of your own home!



  • Stemless wine glass
  • Cocktail shaker and strainer
  • Shot measure
  • Brûlée torch
  • Muddler or rolling pin



  • 20ml Herring Cherry
  • 20ml Elijah Craig Bourbon or similar Bourbon
  • 20ml Antica Formula or Sweet Vermouth
  • Juice of half an orange
  • 1 chestnut
  • Ice
  • Pinch of raw sugar



Cut one chestnut in half, sprinkle with sugar & flame with a brûlée torch until smoking

Place your glass over the top to capture the smoke & aroma

Drop the other chestnut half in the bottom of a Boston shaker with the orange juice & muddle

Add the bourbon, vermouth & Herring Cherry, ice & shake

Double strain into your smokey glass & enjoy.



Check out our Instagram @trunktown to see the video https://www.instagram.com/trunktown/ 

Show us how you went and post you enjoying your Smoked & Roasted with the #trunkmakesitwet

So you’ve got yourself a group of people and a solid reason to get together – the small matter of your wedding, a corporate event or to drown cousin Meg’s sorrows for her big 3-0 in an awesome party space. Now comes the dream of every person with a penchant for lists, spreadsheets, and generally organising others lazier than themselves…hosting a hot function.

It’s All About The Place
The venue creates the vibe, so think it through. A formal function venue says don’t be lingering longingly at the bar while your IT workmates talk data analytics. A beer garden says do enjoy a boutique bevy; don’t reinvent Michael Jackson’s moon walk moves, and a restaurant says utilise those table manners granny slapped into you, but spice them up with a little charm offensive.

Timing Is Everything
As with venue, timing sets a tone. If you’ve got better things to do than whiling away Friday evening talking pie graphs with Penny from PR, then function breakfasts are a great way to get a work meeting done. Lunches are an affordable alternative for weddings and even a brunch birthday lets the party kick on a whole lot longer with a recovery that won’t last into the working week.

So You Coming Or What
Send out invitations early with an RSVP section and reply deadline. This will give you numbers with sufficient time to alter menus, arrange seating and rearrange seating when John announces his separation from wife number 3.

Money Money Money
Whether it’s a wedding, party or event, budget is not a dirty word. Budget will be price per head and factor in drinks per person, set menu, cocktail party or light fare. Talk to any potential venues about what you’re looking for and what they can offer. You can see options for our Melbourne CBD venue here.

Crack That Berg
Organising the event is only half the fun. Next comes planning activities to keep your guests from slipping into a stupor of the boredom variety. Consider some sophisticated games to break the ice, innovative speakers and utilising technology to keep things humming.

What’s In It?
Everyone loves something for nothing, so don’t forget a gift or takeaway item for your guests. Go old-school with a polaroid camera on the table for piccies they can take home, an adults version of a lolly bag or simple corporate memento.

Trunk has a host of function menu options and available event spaces in the Melbourne CBD including our outdoor beer garden, function room and restaurants with European or American dining options.

Contact our Events Manager, Bianca, for all functions enquiries on 03 9663 7994.

Okay happy couples pull up a chair, we’ll fix you a stiff drink and talk weddings.

Now you’ve made that little decision of who you’d like to spend your life with, it’s time to ponder the big stuff. You know, the game changers that keep you awake at night like 100gsm or 120gsm weight paper for your invites. Would you like to release a kaleidoscope (yes that is the collective term, cool, huh?) of rare Ulysses butterflies or will some bubbles do?

Hold the hyperventilation and we’ll give you a minute for the Zanax to kick in. Right, sorted? Let’s talk you through how real weddings pan out and how we can help.


The formalities of the day are likely to set you back the least (it’s the party that counts, let’s be honest) but they can determine the date. If you have your heart set on a particular church or celebrant, book early, or venture a little further and consider non-conventional ceremony spaces with their own memorable ambience.


With all that revelry, fine food, dedicated service and the social lubrication of alcohol, the wedding venue will be one of the biggest factors of your day and your budget. It’s important to sort this bit early as venues can be booked out months and sometimes years in advance.

Wedding receptions work on a price per head basis and are usually split into food budget, and the alcohol and beverage packages.

You will need to decide on the function type; is it a small intimate party, a sit-down three-course option or are you keen for a cocktail party? We’ve enjoyed more nuptials than hot dinners at our Melbourne CBD venue, so you can contact us here for our expert advice.


Reception venue dealt with? Ceremony sorted? Time for the invites. Regardless of whether you choose embossed, matte, bold-fonted, lace adorned numbers or a quick greyscale printout on your home Hewlett-Packard, you need to give people adequate notice and ensure they RSVP.


Capturing those happy memories is next on the list. Photography comes as a package with options like digital copies, bound albums and life-sized, framed numbers of the happy couple smooching. Be sure you see the photographer’s portfolio in advance, know exactly what’s included and enjoy their company. You’ll be required to smile endlessly in their presence for an entire day.


Roll out the jugglers, fire breathers and acrobats, no just kidding, but to each their own. Wedding entertainment is usually a choice between a DJ, small band or solo musician. You could always load up an IPod with your favourite tunes and plug into the venue’s stereo system. But please avoid U2’s Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For…ideally you have.

Insider’s tip

Venue co-ordinators are wedding veterans, have done this before and know what does and doesn’t work, so talk to them about people they recommend for items like photography, entertainment, flowers or decorations. They work with a lot of different people and may be able to recommend some good peeps or even have hook-ups (of the professional variety, that is – you’re already romantically hooked up, we know).

Trunk boasts a number of different venue options for weddings including our outdoor garden, or the private Rintel Room. We’re romantics at heart, (we’d go the 120gsm invites and butterflies, for the record) so would love to help with your needs.

As we hurtle towards the festive season, there’s an all important question being bandied about at offices across the nation (no, no not whether a Christmas bonus is forthcoming) – where will you go for the work Christmas party?

Each year there’s multiple people to please – the straight-laced boss with an alcohol induced penchant for karaoke, the resident foodie who knows their quinoa from their cous cous at 100 paces, and the Kris Kringle dictator who spends July to November drawing up lists of who gives what to whom.

We’ve heroically navigated a multitude of Christmas functions in our time, so here is the official Trunk guide to organising the perfect work Christmas party in Melbourne.

The Money Stuff
Sadly, it’s not always the case that the corporation you work for will write a blank cheque for culinary ecstasy and limitless cocktails on tap as part of the Christmas party.

Many employers have a party budget presided over by the office financial controller, so get up to speed on the finances and remember a few well placed compliments to Bev in accounting from September onwards never go astray.

Where To Go?
Where you end up is dependent on the culture of your workplace, but the aim is to please all possible tastes. That said, the office Christmas party is also about ensuring you get the Christmas party at a venue that feels rightfully yours – well funded, well funky and alcoholic enough to be remembered or entirely blacked out. You can see our Christmas function options here.

The Date
November to December is Christmas party season. As every office in Australia has some silly season reckless abandon at the forefront of their minds, it’s critical to book early. Don’t be late to this table.

What’s Included
Nothing is more likely to upset the apple martini more than a work colleague being told those drinks they’ve been downing all night are not included in the tab, so be clear about what’s being offered. Let workmates know the menu, the drinks inclusions and who is welcome to attend. After all, the boss might be happy to pay for their workforce, but a tribe of your six besties and a couple of once-were flatmates are probably not funded for the night.

Work With The Venue
The key to a great function is communication, particularly between the organiser and the venue. The restaurant will need to know numbers for set up and staffing. The chef needs to know of any allergies or alterations to the menu (EpiPen incidents are never a good end to a party).

With these items ticked off the to-do list you can kick back and relax, knowing the night and some priceless fodder for office gossip will now take care of themselves, even if the intern who has been slamming tequila since 6pm cannot.

Need help making your function the best it can be? Contact our Events Manager, Bianca, on 03 9663 7994.

That’s right. It’s already that time of year when you celebrate the forthcoming partying or despair over how little time you have to complete all those activities. We know, SO many activities. Either way, celebrating is a-coming and in all our wise function knowledge gained over the last eight years from running slick hoedowns, the best parties have a plan. And early.

Function and private event spots around the Trunk tree have already started filling for the month of December. Do you love your job? Do you want to keep it? Get on down to Trunktown.

At Trunk, we pride ourselves on our function and private event capabilities. With our dedicated Events Manager, Bianca, and support team with a history of knocking any event coming our way out of the park, planning and rolling out events becomes less hassle, more happy. And really, watching our guests have a great time is one of the best parts of being here. Happy you, happy us.

Call Bianca on 03 9663 7994 or events@trunktown.com.au to cure your Christmas ails.

Trunk – Putting the funk back into your Christmas funktion.