Christmas Drinks Guide

Summer is upon us! And as the weather heats-up and the sun begins to shine more, the more social we become. Social lives mean drinking and drinking means alcohol; so, by virtue of the fact that Australians love a tipple and we have so many good options on our doorstep, we bring you this year’s drinks guide.

Glen Grant

Glen Grant single malt whiskey, $47.99. Buy it here.

The Distiller’s Dream:

4cl/1oz Glen Grant
Appletizer (Sparkling apple juice)

Fill up with sparkling apple juice
Serve in a long drink glass on ice

Woodford Reserve whiskey

Woodford Reserve whiskey, $54.95. Buy it here.

Old Fashioned:


50ml Woodford Reserve Distiller’s 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.


Appleton Estate rum

Appleton Estate rum, $44.99. Buy it here.



60ml Appleton Reserve

10ml sugar syrup

2 dashes of angostura bitters

15ml freshly pressed apple juice floated on the top

Garnish: orange zest


Add the rum, sugar syrup, bitters & ice to the serving glass a little at a time, constantly stirring. Float the apple juice over the drink & add your garnish. Taste it as you are making it until it has reached the proper dilution – this should take about 1–2 minutes.

Batlow Cider

Batlow Cider, $4.99/bottle. Buy them here.

She’s Apples:


45mL Laird’s Applejack

10mL Domain de Canton Ginger Liquer

15mL fresh apple juice

25 mL lemon juice

dash of egg white

Batlow cider

cinnamon for garnish


Combine all liquids (except cider) in a mixing glass and fill with ice. Cover and shake hard. Strain out and return it to the mixing glass without ice. Dry shake (without ice) for 1 minute. Strain into a martini glass and top with Batlow Cider. Garnish with cinnamon.


Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva, $99.99. Buy it here.

El Spanish Harlem:


50ml Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva

25ml Sweet Vermouth

2 Dashes of Bitters

Orange Zest


Add Diplomatico, Sweet Vermouth and bitters to mixing glass over ice, stir for 30 seconds, strain into chilled cocktail glass and garnish with orange zest.

Bulldog Gin

Bulldog London gin, $43.95. Buy it here.

Sweet Citrus Gin Pitchers: 


8 oz. Bulldog Gin

16 oz. fresh lemonade

2 oz. honey syrup

Sliced oranges, grapefruit and apples



Skyy vodka

Skyy Vodka, $39. Buy it here.

The Peach Drop:


2 oz SKYY Infusions® Georgia Peach

2 oz Cranberry Juice

2 oz Pineapple Juice

Squeeze of Lime


Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a lime wedge.


Campari, $31.90. Buy it here.

Mediterranean Pink Lady:


1 1/2 ounces gin, preferably London dry

1/2 ounce Cointreau or other triple sec

1/4 ounce limoncello

1/4 ounce Campari

1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice

1 large egg white

3 or 4 thin strips of lemon zest, for garnish



In a cocktail shaker, combine all of the ingredients except ice and the garnish and shake well. Add ice and shake again. Strain the drink into a chilled coupe and garnish with the lemon zest.

Wilk Turkey Master's Keep

Wild Turkey Master’s Keep 17-year-old bourbon whiskey, $199.90. Buy it here.

Recommended for drinking neat on the rocks. Let the bourbon sing!

The Mint Julep:


2 ½ oz. Wild Turkey Bourbon

½ oz. simple syrup

12 mint leaves


Add mint leaves to double rocks glass and muddle. Fill glass with crushed ice and pour in remaining ingredients. Mix and garnish with mint sprig.


Aperol aperitif, $21.90. Buy it here.

The Aperol Spritz:



Soda water


Mix three parts Prosecco with two parts Aperol and a dash of soda.

Espolon tequila

Espolon Tequila, white and dark, $48.99. Buy it here.

The Paloma:


2 ounces blanco or reposado tequila

6 ounces fresh grapefruit soda

1/2 ounce lime juice

Salt for rimming (optional)


Rim a collins glass with salt. Fill the glass with ice and add the tequila and lime juice. Top it off with grapefruit soda.

Bundaberg MDC

Bundaberg Premium Blender’s Edition, Master Distillers Rum, $79.90. Buy it here.

The Bundaberg Bird:


45mls Bundaberg MDC Small Batch
15ml Italian Bitters (Campari)
15mls Sugar Cane Juice
30ml Pineapple Juice
20ml Fresh Lime Juice


Shake all ingredients over ice.
Strain over fresh ice into an old fashioned glass.
Garnish with an Orange Wedge and a straw like piece of Sugar Cane.


Starward Australian Single Malt Whisky, $82.99. Buy it here.

The Golden Passion:


2ozStarward Australian Single Malt Whisky

1 splash bitters

1/2 ounce of simple syrup

1 lime

1 passionfruit


In a shaker: squeeze the juice from the lime, scoop out the contents of the passion fruit, mix all ingredients in a shaker with ice and serve.



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