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Dressed to thrill: Human Nature singers Andrew Tierney, Phil Burton, Toby Allen, and Michael Tierney looking dapper backstage
Ever since their May 2009 debut in Las Vegas, the Australian boys of Smokey Robinson Presents Australia’s Human Nature— brothers Michael and Andrew Tierney and childhood pals Phil Burton and Toby Allen—have enjoyed rave reviews for their Motownthemed, song-and-dance show at Imperial Palace. The four have a lot to celebrate, including a national tour, but when they have some downtime, a well-prepared cocktail is in order. The brothers favor tequila-based drinks while the other two prefer lighter libations, but they all agree that when they have time to kick back, nothing is sweeter than savoring their success.
Although he’s not a big drinker, selfdescribed “tequila guy” Andrew Tierney goes for a Mexicana when he’s ready to unwind. The high-falsetto singer favored margaritas for years, but changed his mind after he visited Tulum, Mexico, with his wife in 2011 and had a blast on a Mexicana-fueled beach vacation. To get that sweeter, lighter kick, the Mexicana adds pineapple juice and grenadine to the average ’rita. “Now every time I drink that drink it reminds me of that trip,” he says. “It tastes great, and it feels great. It just seems a little bit more refined than a traditional margarita.”
The Tierneys share more than brotherly love and the same musical group; they share a preference for tequila over other spirits. “I guess when we first started coming to America we sort of discovered it, because in Australia we don’t get a lot of the different kinds of tequila that you get here,” says Michael Tierney, who often sings high baritone. He discovered his favorite drink, the ginger margarita, at True Food Kitchen in Scottsdale, Arizona. Made with ginger agave syrup, the more natural combination and fewer calories appeal to Michael. “The ginger mixes well with the tequila, and it’s got a really great taste,” he says. “It’s easy to drink.”
Phil Burton, also a high baritone, prefers the refreshment of a few caprioskas when he goes out. The cocktail consists of lots of lime, brown sugar, vodka, and soda water, and is both tangy and sweet. “The lime gives it that tartness, and the sugar mellows it out a little bit,” he says. When he was a bachelor years ago, Burton says he had many caprioska-heavy nights at bars around Sydney, where he tried his first one. “That’s when I sort of let my hair down, threw caution to the wind, and just did what I wanted for a while there,” he says. “It’s not the sort of thing you can do for a long time. For me, the caprioska symbolizes that time.”
Similar to Burton’s choice is Allen’s preferred drink, the caipirinha. (Allen, the group’s bass singer, is also a fan of The Cosmopolitan Chandelier Bar’s second-floor rave, the Verbena, calling his first taste of it “a memorable, unique experience.”) “I was first introduced to the caipirinha about eight years ago back in Sydney,” he says. “I just remember that it was really delicious. I like the lime-y sort of drinks.”
Does Allen ever get the hard-working foursome together to relax with their libations of choice? “There are times we will all get together,” he says, “when we have something to celebrate.” With their stars on the rise, the group figures to have many more reasons to raise a glass together. Human Nature performs at the Imperial Palace six nights a week. 702-794-3261