Tunes & 'Tails #1 Nighthawk and The Sugarcanes

We’ve teamed up with some local heroes of both booze and beats to bring you our new dedicated cocktail column – Tunes & ‘Tails. 

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Tune Oh Darlin by The Sugarcanes

 Cocktail Nighthawk

For our first edition, we couldn’t go past The Nighthawk – a cocktail toted as not only pretty to look at, but refreshing to sip on and guaranteed to please. 

While you get busy shaking it up, you’re going to need a matching tune to distil that beverage with some extra love. We’ve paired up the Nighthawk with the sweet sounds of Melbourne’s favourite soul darlings, The Sugarcanes. The band are still riding high since the release of self-titled LP last year, which has lead to slots at the crème de la crème of festivals including Meredith, Boogie, Summer of Soul and more. In addition to touring with The Smith Street Band and smashing countless residencies, The Sugarcanes have an innate ability to get even the shyest of punters hitting the dancefloor for a shimmy. 

You’ll feel like a lord of the night when you kick back for some sipping with a Nighthawk in hand and The Sugarcanes’ smooth, soulful track.


45ml Melbourne Moonshine

10ml Lemon juice

10ml Lime juice

20ml Creme de Yvette

5ml Sugar syrup

15ml Egg white

1 drop Orange bitters

Now get shakin’

Add all your ingredients to a cocktail shaker. No mucking around here, just whack it all in with some ice. Shake it short and hard.

Fine strain into a pre-chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with lemon thyme, which will complement those delightful citrus flavours and add a fresh finishing touch. 

Watch our tutorial below with Oscar 'Otter' Eastman, official Moonshiner.

Check out Melbourne Moonshine and The Sugarcanes for all the treats, all the time.