Black Pearl Curatif The Toreador

Curatif launches Black Pearl canned cocktail

April 22, 2020
By Alana House

Curatif has collaborated with award-winning Melbourne cocktail bar Black Pearl to create The Toreador.

“The idea to collaborate with Black Pearl was born out of the current COVID-19 shutdown of the on-premise hospitality industry,” Managing Director of Curatif, Matt Sanger, said.

“Coming from a hospitality background we really wanted to support our industry during these incredibly difficult times, so when we heard of bars starting to do home-delivery cocktails we put the call out to see how we could help.”

Matt Linklater, Bar Manager at Black Pearl, jumped at the opportunity. And The Toreador was born.

“I see it this way,” said Linklater, “The Toreador is like the margarita’s little cousin, you know, the one that’s smarter and better at sports.”

Predating the Margarita by 16 years, The Toreador is a forgotten classic that Curatif has brought back to life in a can.

The drink mixes Tequila Tromba, lime, Ilegal Mezcal and Joseph Catron Apricot Brandy.

The Toreador joins the existing Curatif range of classic cocktails: Negroni, Espresso Martini, Margarita and Bloody Mary.

Black Pearl Melbourne

The Toreador is now available at Black Pearl in Fitzroy. For more information or to order go to

The Curatif range of premium canned cocktails is available online at, at most major retail stores nationally, and at key independent retailers.

Tales of the Cocktail announces top Australian bars

Tales of the Cocktail has revealed the top 10 regional finalists for each category in its Spirited Awards 2020, with Black Pearl taking out a nomination for Best International High Volume Cocktail Bar (Asia-Pacific).

Other Aussies nominated in the category are: Eau de Vie — Melbourne; Old Mate’s Place — Sydney; Opera Bar —  Sydney; The Barber Shop — Sydney; The Baxter Inn — Sydney.

For Best Bar Team (Asia-Pacific), TOTC chose: Bulletin Place — Sydney; Cantina OK! — Sydney; MAYBE SAMMY — Sydney; and Old Mate’s Place — Sydney.

For Best International Cocktail Bar (Asia-Pacific); TOTC nominated: Above Board — Melbourne; Bulletin Place — Sydney; Cantina OK! — Sydney; MAYBE SAMMY — Sydney; and PS40 —  Sydney.

Vying for Best Restaurant Bar (Asia-Pacific) are: Bar Torino — Adelaide; Capitano — Carlton; Continental Deli Bar Bistro— Newtown; Icebergs Dining Room Bar — Bondi Beach; Mjølner — Sydney; Restaurant Hubert — Sydney; and Rosenbaum & Fuller — Bondi Beach.

In the Best New Cocktail Bar (Asia-Pacific) category are: Bar Margaux — Melbourne; Byrdi — Melbourne; Isabel — Bondi Beach; and Will’s — Coogee Beach.

“In unprecedented times, it’s more important than ever to stay connected to and celebrate our phenomenal community,” said Caroline Rosen, President of Tales of the Cocktail Foundation.

“These professionals have worked tirelessly for years, honing their craft and, really, taking care of others. We are honored to take this opportunity to thank them for their contributions. Congratulations to all of this year’s regional honorees!”

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