Date PostedMarch 25, 2013

New One-Shot Cocktail Menu to address Binge Drinking in Kings Cross

A restaurant bar in Sydney’s King Cross district has launched a new “one shot” cocktail menu following the introduction of alcohol restrictions for venues in the district.

The new regulations implemented in the area limit the bars in it from serving drinks containing more than 30mls of alcohol after midnight and the alcohol has to be served with at least 30ml of a mixer, so no shots allowed.

They will also have to serve these cocktails in containers other than glass because glass after midnight is also banned.

Publicans have come up with inventive ways to stick to the new regulations. But will these new regulations have any positive impact on the high rate of alcohol induced crime and alcohol fuelled misconduct in the region, especially on a Friday and Saturday night? Each week police are out on the streets and have to contend with alcohol fuelled violence and brawls.

Read what this post from had to say about the new regulations and publicans responses:

“Most of our cocktails have 60ml of spirits so it had stopped us being able to serve any after midnight. It’s a bit of an issue as we pride ourselves as a cocktail venue,” said Hugos Group beverage manager, Stuart Morrow.

“So we came up with the idea of ‘one shot’ cocktails that had to have only 30ml of spirit and at least 30ml of mixer.”

One issue Morrow faced when creating the drinks was not being able to use other spirits or liqueurs to modify the base spirit or introduce other flavours to the drinks.

“I use infusions to get as much out of my spirits as I can, and any extra flavours had to come from syrups, juices etc. We are lucky in that we make a lot of syrups and mixers in-house so I could create what I needed,” he said.

The new Kings Cross restrictions have also thrown another obstacle in the way of bars wishing to serve quality cocktails – no glassware after midnight.

To combat this, and because he believes “no cocktails should be served in plastic”, Morrow has sourced a range of non-glass (and non-plastic) alternatives for serving cocktails in.

This includes ceramic mugs, pewter and copper cups, cardboard coffee cups and china tea cups, while the venue is also looking at the viability of using bamboo cups and even possibly serving drinks inside fruits such as pineapples.

“Downstairs we can use glass but upstairs we needed a solution. We wanted an element of fun with the vessels we picked and they had to be able to be sourced en masse.”

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While members of the public and publicans are divided about whether regulations such these will help reduce alcohol related violence or not, responsible service of alcohol enforcement is still mandatory under state law and when implemented efficiently should in theory bring down the numbers of alcohol fuelled assaults, brawls and general misconduct in entertainment districts. RSA staff has an important role to play in minimising the violence experienced on the streets.

It is vital that all employees of licenced venues undergo Responsible Service of Alcohol training, it is not only a legal requirement but it’s good for your business and the community.


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Peter Cutforth is a Director at Urban E-Learning, a global elearning, OH&S training, and web strategy firm based in Little Edward St. Spring Hill, Brisbane, Australia. Urban E-Learning provides compliance related online , Distance and Face-to-Face training products in the construction, hospitality and heavy vehicle transport sectors, to name a few. Examples include the White Card Construction induction course and the RSA - Responsible Service of Alcohol course. Peter's interests extend to training, safety and compliance, online marketing, and Mobile Apps.

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