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 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, $54.95. Buy it here.
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, $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, $4.99/bottle. Buy them here.
45mL Laird’s Applejack
10mL Domain de Canton Ginger Liquer
15mL fresh apple juice
25 mL lemon juice
dash of egg white
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
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 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, $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.
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:
Mix three parts Prosecco with two parts Aperol and a dash of soda.
Espolon Tequila, white and dark, $48.99. Buy it here.
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 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
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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