During the festive season you’re bound to find yourself with a drink in hand more than a few times. Have a break from the beers for a sec and expand your repertoire with the below drinks to try over the holidays…
Substation Number 41 Rum
An Aussie rum named after the eponymous rum bar at the Breakfast Creek Hotel in QLD, this rum is easy going on the palette and mixable with your favourite mixers or enjoyed straight up over ice. Perfect for warm summer days. For that true blue Queensland taste smash some limes in a glass, add ice, Substation No.41 and top with Bundaberg Ginger beer.
Any well-heeled gin drinker will have come across Bombay Sapphire, it’s distinct blue bottle sits atop many bar shelves across the land. With a delightful botanical bouquet this classic gin combines well with the always reliable tonic and lime, suited to mixing with citrus and summer fruits that accentuate rather than mask the unique Gin flavour.
A great to choice to kick off festivities on a hot summer day. Ease into things with Rekorderlig’s Festival Pear or Apple Ciders made from pure Swedish spring water. A clean and refreshing drink with a fruity sweetness and crisp finish.
A limited edition 17-year-old from the well renowned American brand, Wild Turkey. With a smooth character and rich satisfying blend of flavours, this is a whiskey perfect for sipping. Keep it straight or with a few cubes of ice to beat the summer heat.
A fine Jamaican cane rum, with the sweet notes common to sugar can rums. The blend of rums that make the Reserve create a smooth, medium bodied rum that is perfectly suited for an Old Fashioned or replacing white rum in a Mojito, giving a unique twist to the mint and lime of this summer classic.
Patron is a well-known Tequila brand, but for too many it’s the XO coffee patron that rings the bell. Patron Silver is light and fresh in taste best enjoyed slowly rather than shot back. Perfectly suited for the classic Margarita or combined with fresh citrus based cocktails that won’t overwhelm Silver’s distinct flavour.
Not needing any introduction, this French vodka is a top shelf spirit across Australia. Mixable with almost anything, you can’t beat it over ice, with a twist of your favourite citrus fruit. Or combined in a multitude of ways to make the perfect Summer cocktail, try something with cherries for an Aussie Christmas kick.
Celebrating craft distilling and cocktail making in Australia, Four Pillars believe people should drink better not more. Each bottle is individually numbered and hand labelled, capturing flavours of both Asia and the Mediterranean.
A new family of hybrid ciders combining New Zealand ciders with the well-known 42 Below vodka creating a refreshing, dry cider that cuts on the sweetness and gives you an added kick to the afternoon… or morning, this festive season.
A sweet French liqueur made from elderflower blossoms, with a strong floral bouquet. Cut through the sweetness with a Dry Champagne and add a splash of Soda for a summery cocktail that’s quick to whip up and perfect for celebrating with.
A fine Bourbon whiskey from master distiller Jimmy Russell, cut out the crass mixers and enjoy this warm fulsome American whiskey straight up, over ice or in a classic cocktail such as a Manhattan, Old Fashioned or for something with a really fresh kick, a Mint Julip.
Bursting with unique botanicals, Bulldog’s smooth flavour and distinguished herbal notes are perfect for mixing. The combinations are endless as are the multitude of tried and true classic cocktails. For something different try a gin fizz, or stick to something easier yet no less refreshing, a Gimlet or Gin Collins, both quintessential drinks perfectly suited to a sneaky Christmas beverage or a New Year’s Day tipple.