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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: 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 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.

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!

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 Cocktail Recipe: Cucumber And Mint Margaritas

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!

Cucumber and Mint Margarita

Serves 2


1/2 cup chopped cucumber

⅓ cup Tequila Blu

2 tbsp sugar

1/4 lime juice

1/4 cup chopped mint

2 tbsp orange liqueur

6 ice cubes

Garnish with cucumber slices and a salted rim


  1. Blend all ingredients in a blender for one minute.
  2. Pour into two salt-rimmed glasses.
  3. Garnish with slices of fresh cucumber. You can add more ice if the mix is too thin and create a frozen margarita. Tasty!

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.

4 Winter Cocktail Recipes

With the temperature dropping, it gives us an entirely new reason to recreate some easy but traditional cocktails which are best consumed when it’s cold and dreary outside. Invite over some friends and impress them with your bartender skills by creating these four easy drinks for a rainy winter day.

1. White Russian

Ideal for those who are fond of rich, creamy drinks.


30ml Kahlua

30ml vodka

1/2 cup cream (or milk)


  1. Combine the Kahlua or alternatively any coffee flavoured liqueur of your choice with the vodka and milk.
  2. Use a tall glass so the mixture doesn’t overflow, and give it a good shake.
  3. Pour over ice in a highball glass.

2. Manhattan

Ideal for those who love a dry, classic cocktail.


30ml vermouth

80ml whiskey

2 dashes of bitters

1 cherry


  1. Add the vermouth, whiskey, bitters and a handful of ice into a shaker.
  2. Shake until the mixture has completely combined, then pour into a chilled martini glass.
  3. Serve with a cherry for extra taste and flavour.

3. Old Fashioned

Ideal for those who want a sweet yet sour drink.


One sugar cube

60ml bourbon (or whiskey)

3-5 dashes of bitters


  1. Drop the sugar cube into a tall glass, and include a few drops of water so it can dissolve.
  2. Next include 3-5 dashes of bitters, depending on the taste you would like to achieve. Follow with ice cubes and alcohol, and stir until they completely mix.
  3. For an extra taste, include the peel of an orange or any other citrus fruit.

4. Spiced Hot Toddy

Ideal for those who want a warm drink for winter


1 teaspoon honey

1/4 cup boiling water

45ml whiskey

3 whole gloves garlic

1 cinnamon stick

1 sliced lemon


  1. Pour the honey, boiling water and whiskey into a large mug.
  2. Garlic cloves can be used to spice up the drink if you’re feeling under the weather, but aren’t essential in recreating this traditional recipe. Add cinnamon and a slice of lemon to taste.
  3. Combine and let the mixture stand for 5 minutes to allow the flavours to really come through.

Recipes via All Recipes, Barzine. Image via Mercury New.

By Felicia Sapountzis

Cocktail For The Weekend: Rhubarb and Berry Sour

This refreshing cocktail from rooftop hotspot Cafe Sydney is perfect for anyone who likes a touch of sour in their drink.


60ml Chambord

30ml Fresh pressed lemon juice

10ml Sugar syrup

Dash of Rhubarb Bitters

Egg White


Dry shake to whisk then shake with ice and single strain into a cocktail flute. Garnish by squeezing lemon zest oils over the drink for aromatics.

What are you looking forward to drinking this weekend?

Cocktail For The Weekend: Royal Cha-Cha

How delicious (and decadent) does this look? Award-winning bartender Jason Soto serves The Royal Cha Cha cocktail at Sydney’s Wildfire Restaurant – why not try your hand making it this weekend?


30ml Chambord

20ml vodka

10ml egg whites

10ml lemon juice

20ml rhubarb, vanilla & apple puree


Shake over ice and serve in a martini glass.

Garnish with a raspberry powder and melted marshmallow.

What’s your signature cocktail?

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?

Cocktail For The Weekend: Chambord Mimosa

The weekend has landed and that means brunch. Whether you prefer granola and egg white omelettes or the full English, nothing goes down lovelier than a sparkling Chambord Mimosa.

For each mimosa:

1/2 oz Chambord Liqueur

Fresh orange juice

Champagne or sparkling wine

Add Chambord Liqueur and orange juice to bottom of flute glass. Top with Champagne.

What’s your favourite cocktail with brunch?

NYE Cocktail: Chambord Lemonade

With only 3 ingredients, the Chambord Lemonade is the easiest crowd-pleasing cocktail. Stir up a pitcher and greet your guests at the door with a glass in hand – it’s the best way to get the party started!

Serves: 1 45ml Finlandia® Vodka 15ml Chambord Liqueur 90ml lemonade Shake all ingredients with ice and pour into a rocks glass. Garnish with a lemon wedge. To make a larger quantity, simply increase the amounts and add to a pitcher. Garnish with lemon wedges and raspberries.

A little Respect for The Cocktail, please!

When I was knee high to a grasshopper (the insect kind, not the drink containing crème de menthe), my father bought me a “mocktail” (a non-alcoholic concoction of fruit juice, crushed ice and grenadine) at a restaurant. Since then, I’ve been fascinated by the delectable delights decorated by those tiny umbrellas and toothpick-skewered cherries. A cocktail is not only about what’s on the inside. It’s definitely a book to be judged by its cover. If it doesn’t have garnish, it’s not a cocktail in my opinion! You can’t shake together a mix of sweet spirits, cream, juice and ice, stick it in an ordinary glass and guzzle it down. There has to be some effort, some pizzazz, some style put into these delicacies! So, as a self-described expert on the consumption of these wicked potions of sin and merriment, I would like to shine a spotlight on the Cinderella of the bar and offer hints as to enjoying her correctly.

When buying cocktails
1. Don’t bother going to a pub, where the barman looks like he’d be more comfortable in a blue singlet and a pair of stubbies.
2. Know your stuff! Don’t embarrass yourself by saying “I want one of those thingies that has the three different coloured layers in it”. The bar attendant is going to roll his eyes when you’re not looking and give you way more of the non-alcoholic liquid than the stuff you really want.
3. Be prepared to pay top dollar! If you think a cocktail should cost anything less than $7, stick to pre-mixes. It takes skill and top quality ingredients to make a good one. You wouldn’t ask a highly regarded pastry chef to whip up a batch of shake-n-pour pancakes, now would you?
4. Now’s not the time to be fussy. If you like your drink a certain way, it’s fine if you’re talking martinis. But a “Sex On The Beach” is made to a formula! You can’t deviate from the accepted norm or it simply is not “Sex On The Beach”. If your thing is to add and subtract ingredients, stick to ordering Whoppers with extra cheese and without pickles.
5. Expect and demand your cocktail in a glass. Anything offered up in a fruit should be reserved for poolside on the Lido Deck of the Love Boat.

Drinking cocktails
1. If your goal is to get drunk, you don’t need to do that in style. That’s what beer and hard spirits are for. Please, when partaking of cocktail indulgences, show a little class. They should be sipped with finesse, coveted for the way you look while drinking them, and enjoyed to the smallest puddle in the bottom of the glass.
2. Save the garnish for last. Try to refrain from munching on the pineapple piece, the cherry and the orange slice until the end. There is an exception to this. A delectable pina colada is even more divine when you can dip the skewered cherry into the froth and lick it a few times. Just do it tastefully!
3. No licking the inside of the glass, or tipping your head back as far as you can to retrieve the remaining dregs of your cocktail. For goodness sake girl, just have another!

By Gina Luca * Gina is a freelance writer whose passion for talking to people on the Internet provides much inspiration for her writing.

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Bevy Time- Vodka and Cranberry Concoction

Luxurious Beach Sipping Cocktail. With summer well on its way why not start getting ready for the kissy, kissy, party season and make some refreshing and intoxicating cocktails

Vodka and Cranberry Concoction

This is so simple it’s not funny. All you have to do is shake equal amounts of Absolut vodka and Archers Peach Schnapps with fresh orange juice and cranberry. Serve straight up in a frozen cocktail glass. Don’t forget to garnish with a slice of orange. The summer sip!

Cocktail of the month – Long Island iced tea

Having a drinks party, turning 30 or just needing a change from the Sex in the City girls all time drink? Cosmopolitan. Than get your cockatil shaker and start makin some Long Island Iced Tea’s.
Ingredients:? ounce vodka

? ounce gin

? ounce light rum

? ounce tequila

? ounce triple sec

1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

Coke to top

1 lemon slice for garnish


Place all the liquors and lemon juice into a cocktail shake with ice. Shake and strain into a collins glass filled with ice. Top with Coca Cola and garnish with lemon.

Cocktail of the month – Flirtini

The ABSOLUT Flirtini

When Sam (Kym Cattrel) hosted a rooftop fiesta party at her apartment block you may have noticed that all the “it” girls were sipping the drink of the moment – the ABSOLUT Flirtini. You don’t know what it is? Well, it is made by mixing one part ABOSLUT Vodka with two parts pineapple juice, shaken with ice, strained and then topped with Champagne. We can assure you that the flavour and fizz of the champagne fuses with the sweetness of the pineapple and that you’ll find yourself heading straight back to the bar when you’ve finished the first. If you haven’t been luckier enough to try one then head to the W Hotel Water Bar in Sydney or Melbourne’s Chaise Lounge. If you can’t get to either of those locations make your own. Details below:The ABSOLUT Flirtini


1 part ABSOLUT Vodka

2 parts Pineapple juice


to topMethod

Mix the ABSOLUT Vodka with the pineapple juice.

Give them a shake with ice and strain.

Then top with champagne. Divine!

Cocktail of the Month – Egg Nog

You don’t need to be a professional bartender to make this cocktail just grab your blender and some eggs. Voila!

All-time Classic Egg Nog


1 cup sugar

12 egg yolks

4 cups whole milk

1 cup heavy cream

8 ounces brandy

4 ounces Bundaberg gold rum

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

teaspoon ground nutmeg

What to do:

Beat the sugar into the egg yolks until thickened and pale yellow. Set aside.

Bring the milk to a simmer in a large saucepan over medium heat. Slowly beat the hot milk into the egg yolks. Pour the entire mixture back into the pan and place over low heat. Stir constantly until the temperature reaches 150F or the mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon. Immediately remove from heat. Strain into a large bowl and set aside to cool.

In a small bowl beat the cream until it is slightly thickened, then fold it into the cooled egg mixture. Add the brandy, rum, vanilla, and nutmeg. Stir well. Cover and refrigerate for at least four hours. Serve ice cold in large glasses.

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