By Andy Young
Melbourne Cocktails, a blog which features Melbourne's best cocktail bars and events, plus recipes and techniques for the home bar, is a finalist in the annual Saveur Blog Awards.
The blog was selected as one of the top six in the "Best Spirits and Cocktail Coverage" category, from a pool of around 50,000 submissions. It is the first Australian blog to be nominated for this award.
Written by Melbourne-based consultant and university lecturer Melissa How, Melbourne Cocktails launched in late 2014 and already boasts over 2,000 followers on Instagram alone.
How told TheShout: "After I read the terms and conditions, I didn't actually think that I qualified for the awards. So when I got the email about my nomination I was absolutely mind-blown. This has only really been live for about four month, can you imagine if I won?"
Melbourne Cocktails will now compete for both "The Editor's Choice Award", which is selected by a panel of judges, and the "Reader's Choice Award", which goes to the finalist that receives the most votes.
How added: "I was looking for a creative outlet that would let me practice my skills in social media, writing and photography, and found the answer in a highball. I just love cocktails and bars, so starting a blog was a natural way to go.
"That was in October and within a month I had built the blog, branded it, written back content, set up my social media and it has built up from there."