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Cranberry, Pumpkin And Porter Punch Cocktail Recipe

Sweet and creamy with a hint of spiced rum.

TGIF: Rum Punch Recipe

With those long awaited balmy nights on their way, get ready for the heat by honing your cocktail skills with this delicious rum punch recipe. Sweetened with summer fruits and offset by lime and bitters, this cocktail makes for one perfectly balanced beverage.

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30ml Substation No.41 rum

10ml sugar syrup

10ml lime juice

10ml orange juice

3 fresh orange pieces

3 fresh pineapple pieces

1 dash of bitter (optional)

TGIF: Rum Punch Recipe


  1. Muddle pineapple and orange pieces in a Boston glass.
  2. Add orange juice, pineapple juice, lime juice, sugar syrup, bitters, rum and ice.
  3. Shake all ingredients in a Boston shaker.
  4. Pour into a rock glass and garnish with orange slice.

Image via Brisbanethreads.com

TGIF: The Early Bird Cocktail Recipe

Indulge yourself after a long, hard week with this creative and warming whisky, wine and egg yolk cocktail recipe by Dominique Cacioli from Melbourne’s, The Noble Experiment.

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Drawing inspiration for the cocktail from her father, Dominique said: “I based Early Bird on a traditional hot toddy and an old Italian favourite, Zabaglione (Marsala, egg yolks and sugar), bringing together one tradition with another to create a drink he loves.”


60mL Glenfiddich 14 Year Old Rich Oak

30mL hot water

15mL fresh lemon juice

5mL honey

2 egg yolks

1 cup sugar

1/3 cup Marsala wine

1/3 cup cold water


  1. Add egg yolk, sugar, cold water and Marsala into a bowl and whisk lightly.
  2. Warm mixture by putting the bowl over a saucepan of hot water. Keep whisking the mixture until it turns into a light custard. Pour the hot mixture into an iSi thermo cream gun. Charge once and shake well.
  3. Add all other ingredients to a small whisky sipper and stir until mixed.
  4. Take the iSi thermo cream gun and add approx 45mL of the hot foam on top of the drink.

TGIF: Lemon Mojito Cocktail Recipe

Add a little twist to your classic mojito by incorporating a lemon base. Ditching the lime, it’s a subtle change with a refreshing twist that perfectly balances out the sweet and sour flavours. The best part is you can adjust accordingly depending on your preference!

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Serves 6


60g (1/4 cup) white sugar

12 sprigs fresh mint

1 lemon, thinly sliced

300ml fresh lemon juice

250ml (1 cup) rum

1 cup crushed ice

Soda water, chilled, to serve


  1. Divide the sugar and half the mint among serving glasses. Use a fork to crush the mint into the sugar.
  2. Divide the lemon and remaining mint among the glasses.
  3. Combine the lemon juice and rum in a large jug.
  4. Pour the lemon juice mixture among the glasses. Top with ice and soda water. Serve immediately.

Recipe via Taste

TGIF: Vodka With Crushed Lime And Mint Cocktail Recipe

Sometimes it’s the simple things in life, so this week we’re taking it back to basics with this vodka and crushed lime cocktail recipe. Muddled with fresh mint and brown sugar, it’s a sweet, citrus sensation that everyone is sure to enjoy.

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Serves 6


1/4 cup, firmly packed brown sugar

24 fresh mint leaves

3 limes, quartered

180ml vodka

Soda water, chilled, to serve

Ice cubes, to serve


  1. Divide the sugar, mint and lime among serving glasses. Use the end of a rolling pin to gently muddle until lime is crushed.
  2. Pour vodka among glasses, then top with soda water and ice.
  3. Stir gently, then serve.

Recipe via Taste

TGIF: Passionfruit, Chilli and Basil Caipiroska Recipe

Chilli is the perfect addition to any cocktail. A subtle amount, such as in this chilli and basil caipiroska, is just enough to add that extra kick without the explosion. Thanks to the mixologists over at Char & CO Sydney, we’ve got a perfectly balanced and fresh recipe for you to DIY at home. Enjoy!

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60ml Absolut Vodka

30ml fresh passion fruit

2 leaves of basil + garnish

3 slices of red chilli

10ml sugar syrup


  1. Muddle all ingredients together and stir.
  2. Garnish with basil and serve

TGIF: The Spirit Of Dublin Cocktail Recipe

Winter is the best time of year to enjoy a whiskey, with the dark spirit said to fight off even the nastiest of colds. If you don’t like your whiskey straight, however, this cocktail recipe (containing lemon and ginger tea) is the perfect alternative to help fight off those winter blues.

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Teeling small batch whiskey



Lime Juice

Lemon & ginger tea syrup (brewed tea with sugar syrup, cooled)


  1. Combine whiskey, lime juice, and lemon and ginger tea syrup into a cocktail shaker.
  2. Fill with ice and shake.
  3. Strain into tumbler and garnish with berries.

Recipe courtesy of Teeling Whiskey

TGIF: Best of British Sour Cocktail Recipe

This British sour recipe allows you to get a little creative in the bar by incorporating homemade syrups. And while you will need to set aside some extra time for preparation, the flavour combination is well worth the extra effort!

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35 mls Greenall’s gin

15 mls earl grey syrup

15 mls mandarin syrup

15 mls lemon

Dash lime

Earl grey syrup

12 tea bags

250 mls sugar syrup

250 mls water

Mandarin syrup

500 mls mandarin juice

150 mls sugar syrup


  1. To make the earl grey syrup, simmer 12 tea bags in 250 mls sugar syrup and 250 mls water for 20 mins.
  2. Cool and let sit for 30 mins. Fine strain, chill and store.
  3. To make the mandarin syrup, simmer 500 mls mandarin juice and 150 mls sugar syrup for around 20 mins. Add 2 twists black pepper and pinch of salt. Simmer to reduce by 50 per cent for around 30 mins on low heat. Let cool for 15 mins. Chill and store.
  4. To make the cocktail shake over ice and strain ingredients into a long glass filled with ice.
  5. Garnish with a lemon squeeze and pinch of lemon sugar.

Recipe coursety of Greenall’s Gin

TGIF Mint and Cucumber Vodka Cocktail Recipe

This refreshing cucumber and vodka cocktail is the perfect way to unwind after a long week. Teamed with lime, mint and a hint of sugar, it’s a light, summery and hydrating drink that’s guaranteed to be a hit among colleagues or friends.

Makes 4


2 cucumbers

ice cubes

fresh mint

2 tsp granulated sugar

3 tbsp fresh lime juice (from 2 to 3 limes)

119 ml Vodka O

24 ml cointreau


  1. Cut 4 thin spears from 1 cucumber for the garnish. Peel remaining cucumber, and quarter lengthwise. Scrape out seeds and discard. Coarsely chop, then puree in a food processor until smooth.
  2. Strain through a fine sieve, pressing on solids to extract as much liquid as possible.
  3. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add mint, sugar, lime juice, cucumber juice, Vodka O, Cointreau and shake.
  4. Strain into 4 glasses filled with ice. Garnish each cocktail with a cucumber spear and mint.

Recipe Via Vodka O

TGIF Green Fairy Applesinth Cocktail

Perfect for any summer occasion, signature serve ‘Applesinth’ is a refreshing mix of Green Fairy, cloudy apple juice and lemonade garnished with a lemon wedge. The history and intrigue of absinth continues to play a prominent role in any absinth cocktail and this signature serve is the perfect mix of tradition and innovation.

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Derived from botanicals including wormwood, absinth was originally used for medicinal purposes dating back to Ancient Egyptian times before it became associated with witchcraft.

With many absinth recipes destroyed during 15th century European witch hunts, the strong revival of the spirit wasn’t until the late 19th Century during the French Revolution. Absinth was adopted by the wealthy who survived the turbulent rise of the poor and was drunk by the French Foreign legion as a symbol of patriotism.

Throughout history many prominent creative figures were renowned absinth drinkers including Vincent Van Gogh, Oscar Wilde and Ernest Hemingway. Hemmingway’s passion led him to develop his own absinth cocktail ‘Death in the Afternoon’ and all of these creative thinkers firmly believed that absinth was responsible for allowing their imaginative brilliance to flourish and create artistic and literary masterpieces.

In 1915 absinth was banned across much of the world due to myths about hallucinogenic qualities. Green Fairy Absinth was the first legal absinth containing thujone available in Australia since the ban on absinth was lifted only recently.

A timeless beverage continued to be enjoyed the traditional way, from a glass fountain trickled over sugar cubes, it is time for a new generation to experience Green Fairy. The Applesinth cocktail is the perfect reintroduction to this mystical spirit.

TGIF Berry-Flavoured Ice Cube Cocktail

Warm summery weekends call for fresh, fruity and ice cold cocktails and what better way to enjoy than turning things up a notch and getting creative with this simple serving suggestion…

Serves 4


1 four-pack of Vodka O Craft in Strawberry, Cranberry & Basil

Ice cube trays

Three punnets of mixed berries (strawberries, blackberries, cranberries)

Loose basil leaves

Glassware, straws and tools for serving, stirring and enjoying

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  1. Cut up and sort half the mixed berries and basil leaves so that each piece fits into one cube in the ice cube tray. Fill with water as usual and set overnight.
  2. Once fruity ice cubes are set, choose your glassware for serving and place four to five cubes into each glass.
  3. Pour Vodka O Craft in Strawberry, Cranberry and Basil over ice and garnish with remaining pieces of fresh cut fruit.
  4. Stir with a fancy swizzle stick or spoon and enjoy!


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TGIF Cocktail Recipe: Watermelon-Jalapeño Margarita

Warmer weather has us preparing for sunny afternoons and balmy nights spent sipping on cocktails with good friends. We say goodbye to winter comfort foods and warming drinks and make way for light, fresh cocktails that scream summer.

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For those fond of tequila-based cocktails, or new to them, Tequila Blu shares a new way to mix up your margaritas!

Watermelon-Jalapeño Margarita

Makes 1 jug


8 cups cubed watermelon

1 1/2 cups Tequila Blu

1/2 cup orange liqueur

1/2 cup fresh lime juice

1 cup simple syrup (mix of 1 cup sugar and one cup water)

1 to 2 jalapeno peppers, sliced thinly


Fresh jalapeno slices and watermelon wedges to garnish


  1. Puree watermelon in blender or food processor (you may have to do this in batches) then pour through a strainer. Discard pulp and seeds.
  2. Combine watermelon liquid, Tequila Blu and rest of ingredients in a large jug.
  3. Cover and chill for one hour (the longer you chill the mix the stronger the jalapeno flavour will be).
  4. Serve over ice.

TGIF Cocktail Recipe: Fresh Orange Margarita

Warmer weather has us preparing for sunny afternoons and balmy nights spent sipping on cocktails with good friends. We say goodbye to winter comfort foods and warming drinks and make way for light, fresh cocktails that scream summer.

RELATED: TGIF Mojito Recipe

For those fond of tequila-based cocktails, or new to them, Tequila Blu shares a new way to mix up your margaritas!

Fresh Orange Margarita


1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice*

3 tbsp sugar (preferably a fine sugar like caster sugar)

8 shots premium tequila –we suggest Tequila Blu.

7 shots triple sec or orange liqueur

Garnish with freshly sliced orange.

*For a variation on this recipe substitute the orange juice with blood orange juice


  1. Create an orange syrup by combining orange juice and sugar in a saucepan and simmering on low heat until mixture forms a syrup. Allow to cool.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a large jug and serve over ice.
  3. Alternatively, place enough liquid for one cocktail in a shaker with ice; shake and pour into a margarita glass.

TGIF Mojito Recipe

It’s Friday afternoon and most of us deserve a yummy drink to soothe the nerves and prepare for the weekend. This Tequila Blu Cardamon Mojito is just what you need!

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Tequila Blu Cardamom Mojito

  1. Muddle (bartender lingo for mix!) 3 lime wedges and a teaspoon of vanilla sugar in a tall cocktail glass.
  2. Add 45 ml of Tequila Blu, 2 dashes of cardamom bitters, 6-8 mint leaves and a scoop of crushed ice.
  3. Churn well.
  4. Add a dash of soda water and fill glass to the rim with additional crushed ice.
  5. Garnish with mint and a lime wedge – ENJOY!

Harris Vanilla Espresso Martini Recipe

It’s no secret that Australians are fussy about coffee. Harris Coffee has spent around 130 years proudly roasting and blending their beans for the discerning Aussie tastebud. And what a way to end a long, working week than with a Harris vanilla espresso martini. It’s the perfect cocktail to ease you into cooler weather, with a lovely vanilla twist!

Time 10 minutes

Serves 1


30ml of Harris Coffee Vanilla Espresso mix (mix together freshly ground and brewed Harris Espresso coffee and fresh vanilla beans and leave for a few minutes so the vanilla can infuse into the rich Harris coffee)

45ml good quality Jamaican or Caribbean rum

15ml Kahlua coffee liqueur

5ml egg white (1 part egg white to 2 parts water)

5ml vanilla sugar syrup


  1. Pour ingredients into a shaker filled with ice, shake vigorously, and strain into a chilled martini glasses. It should have a nice “crema” froth like an espresso.
  2. Garnish with 3 Harris coffee beans and grated dark chocolate.

Cocktail For The Weekend: Cointreau Caress

What has only 2 ingredients, and tastes like a liquid chocolate orange cake? The Cointreau Caress is just the cocktail when you want something sweet and indulgent.



75ml Cointreau

75ml Irish cream liqueur


Pour the ingredients into a tumbler glass. Sprinkle grated dark chocolate over the top.

What’s your favourite sweet cocktail?