We’ve collaborated with Woodford Reserve on our favorite DIY creation of the summer!


We’re so excited to share this project we did with Woodford Reserve! As many of you know, we love hosting dinner parties and gatherings — we speak about it often on here. So, when Woodford Reserve came to us with an idea that celebrated entertaining at home, we were naturally very excited. Just in time for summer, we’ve created a DIY bar, made from timber pallets, that’s stylish and easy to assemble.

We wanted to show people that with a little know how, you can create something with substance and style that will compliment your lifestyle. Hopefully we’ve inspired people to create a cool space at home where they can enjoy a well-earned drink with their friends.  We used pieces from our new homewares store in Precinct 75 to add some original finishing touches.

How to Make the Bar

Tools required: Drill, saw, hammer, clamps, tape measure, sander, jigsaw and 60mm screws

Materials required: Timber pallets, structural pine (4 x pieces high, 4 x pieces long, 4 x pieces wide), marine ply and washed sand

Step 1: Use the hammer to remove the palings of wood from the pallets

Step 2: Remove the nails from the wood using the hammer

Step 3:Sand down one side of the palings

Step 4: Build a rectangular box frame using the structural pine and simply screw together

Step 5: Fix the palings to the box frame of the bar, from one side to the other with the sanded side facing out.

Step 6: To make the top of the bar, ensure there is a 200mm overhang over the front and sides of the bar. Once in place it can be screwed in and puttied over. Apply two thin coats of concrete by hand. Mix water with washed sand in a 3:1 ratio. Add water until you have a yoghurt like consistency. Allow two hours drying time in between each layer.


It’s not only a great time to impress guests with a beautiful drinks offering station, but it’s also an ideal time to brush up on some whiskey knowledge. We choose Woodford Reserve for its impeccable taste, dedication to ingredients and drinks creativity.

“Following the success of cult TV shows like Mad Men and Boardwalk Empire, American whiskey is the drink everyone is talking about. It’s not just the guys who are drinking it, we’ve seen huge numbers of women enjoying it too and as a result, whiskey is the most dominant spirit in Australia right now. At the complimentary sessions, I’ll be giving people all the information they need to become a whiskey connoisseur. Don Draper eat your heart out.” — Master Distiller of Woodford Reserve, Chris Morris comments. Morris will be hosting informative sessions in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne this November. Attendees will be able to learn more about the whiskey making process, how to craft a signature cocktail – the Mint Julep, as well as how to tune their palate to taste the 200 flavour notes of Woodford Reserve Distillers Select. (Dates and details below!)


Event: Woodford Reserve Chris Morris Master Distiller Tour

Date: Tuesday 10 November

Doors: (18+ only)

Venue: Grain Bar, Four Seasons Hotel

Address: 199 George St, Sydney NSW

Cost: Free

Tickets: SYDWoodfordReserve@thesoundcampaign.com

Event: Woodford Reserve Chris Morris Master Distiller Tour

Date: Wednesday 11 November

Doors: (18+ only)

Venue: Woolshed Pub

Address: Shed 9,T18/161 Harbour Esplanade, Docklands VIC

Cost: Free

Tickets: MELBWoodfordReserve@thesoundcampaign.com

Event: Woodford Reserve Chris Morris Master Distiller Tour

Date: Thursday 12 November

Doors: (18+ only)

Venue: Black Bird Bar & Grill

Address: 123 Eagle St, Brisbane QLD

Cost: Free

Tickets: BRISWoodfordReserve@thesoundcampaign.com




Old Fashioned

50ml Woodford Reserve Distillers Select

15ml Sugar Syrup

3 Dashes Angostura Bitters

Add ingredients into a mixing glass. Add ice to mixing glass and serving glass. Stir ingredients for 30-40 seconds. Strain into serving glass. Garnish with a lightly expressed orange peel.

Mint Julep

30ml Woodford Reserve
15ml Sugar Syrup
6/8 Mint Leaves
Dash of water

Gently muddle mint sugar and dash of water together in a julep cup. Add Woodford Reserve and then fill cup with crushed ice and stir well. Fill the remainder of the glass with crushed ice and garnish with mint.

More About Woodford ReserveWoodford Reserve is a super-premium “small batch” bourbon with roots at the historic Woodford Reserve Distillery, the smallest and oldest operating distillery in America. Nestled amid the picturesque horse farms of Central Kentucky, it is the only Kentucky distillery that uses copper pot stills and ages its bourbon in a unique limestone warehouse. Whiskey was first produced on its site in 1812, and it was here that some of America’s earliest distilling pioneers like Elijah Pepper, Oscar Pepper, and James Crow perfected their craft. No other distilling site in America has as rich a heritage or has had as great an influence on the production of whiskey as The Woodford Reserve Distillery. Bottled at 90.4 proof, Woodford Reserve is recognized as the bourbon of thoroughbred racing.

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