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Australian boutique distillers are starting to get the attention they deserve and are winning international awards for their artisan approach. They have also set themselves apart by infusing spirits with uniquely Australian ingredients like lemon myrtle, pepperberry and macadamia. Although still an emerging market, there are now over 50 distillers located around the country and we’re lucky that some of the best are part of our Farmhouse community.

From Australia’s first organic certified vodka to the delicious tropical fruit liqueurs of Queensland, we’ve got your spirits sorted for the festive season. Although serving mixed drinks at a party may seem daunting, these recipes can be made in minutes and everything can be prepped ahead of time.

An indispensable part of every bartender's arsenal is sugar syrup. This is simply made by heating equal quantities of water and sugar in a saucepan or bowl until the sugar dissolves. It can be stored in an airtight jar for up to two weeks in the fridge.

 

Sparkling Sloe Fizz

Rex Burdon from Nonesuch Distillery, is one of only a few distillers in Australia producing sloe gin. Rex infuses his premium Dry Gin with sloes for up to 12 months, resulting in a bright, ruby coloured spirit that has complex spices, but remains smooth and delicate. Rex recommends making this cocktail when you want to impress.

Ingredients

25ml Nonesuch Sloe Gin

25ml freshly squeezed lemon juice

25ml sugar syrup

1 egg white

Australian sparkling wine

Ice

Method

1. Combine the first 4 ingredients in an empty cocktail shaker without any ice and shake well. It’s important to shake the ingredients vigorously before adding the ice, so that the cocktail properly creams.  

2. Add ice and shake again.

3. Strain the mixture into a cocktail glass or a white wine glass and top up with sparkling wine.

Buy Rex’s Sloe Gin here

 

Limoncello Collins

Limoncello Collins

Josh and Zoe are the proud owners of Ohana Winery. On their Queensland property, Josh and Zoe produce boutique wines and tropical fruit liqueurs all made from fruit grown on the farm. Their go-to drink after a hard day in the orchard is this refreshing take on a classic Tommy Collins.

 Ingredients

30ml Ohana Limoncello

30ml gin

120ml soda water

Lots of ice

Sliced lemon and mint to garnish

Method

1.Fill a tall glass with ice and add the limoncello and gin.

2.Top with the soda water and stir.

3.Garnish and enjoy ice cold.

Buy Zoe and Josh’s limoncello here

 

Tiramisu Blitz

A dessert and drink in one this is the perfect after dinner treat. This recipe uses Josh and Zoe’s coffee liqueur that is made using the cold drip extraction method. The coffee liqueur is also sublime poured over vanilla ice cream.

Ingredients

½ cup coffee ice cream

30ml Harris Organic Vodka

30ml Ohana Cold Drip Coffee Liqueur

15ml crème de cacao

½ cup ice cubes

Chocolate pieces to garnish (optional)

Method

1.In a blender, combine vodka, coffee liqueur, ice cream and crème de cacao.

2.Add ice cubes, cover and blend until mixture is smooth.

3.Pour mixture into chilled glasses and garnish with chocolate pieces if using.

Buy Zoe and Josh’s Cold Drip Coffee Liqueur here 

 

Summer Vodka

Summer Vodka

Duncan Harris is the man behind Australia’s first certified organic vodka. Made on his Western Australian vineyard, Duncan’s vodka has no sulphites or other chemicals added, and is distilled many times to obtain the ultimate purity. Duncan is also producing Australia’s only organic brandy and port, along with a range of award-winning organic wines.

Ingredients

50ml Harris Organic Vodka

15ml raspberry liqueur

100ml fresh pineapple juice

Ice

Raspberries, lemon slices and mint to garnish.

Method

1.Place vodka, raspberry liqueur and fresh pineapple juice into a cocktail shaker and fill with ice.

2.Shake well, and then double strain by pouring it over a tea strainer into chilled glasses (martini glasses or champagne flutes work well).

3.Garnish with fresh raspberries, lemon slices and fresh mint. Top up with extra ice.

Buy Duncan’s Organic Vodka here

Gin Bramble

A classic drink that looks pretty and has the perfect balance of sweet and sour. Josh and Zoe’s blackberry liqueur has a divine dark purple colour and a delicious blackberry flavour.

Ingredients

45 mL Nonesuch Dry Gin

15mL Ohana Blackberry Liqueur

30mL fresh lemon juice

15mL sugar syrup

Method

1.Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.

2.Add the gin, lemon juice and sugar syrup.

3.Shake and strain over lots of ice into an old fashioned glass.

4.Pour the blackberry liqueur on top.

5.Garnish with fresh blackberries.

Buy Zoe and Josh’s Blackberry Liqueur here

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