Brisbane Beer Scene

Brisbane Beer Scene

 

Today, there is no shortage of great Brisbane beer. Like the rest of Australia’s beer scene, Brisbane’s beer scene has come a long way in recent years. With the general standard of public tastes improving and a greater variety of locally crafted beers, it’s an exciting time for beer drinkers in Brisbane. This is not just because of the new arrivals on the beer scene and its steady spread outwards from Brisbane, but also with a number of existing breweries set to expand.

Queensland alone has over 60 craft breweries on top of the big breweries like XXXX and Great Northern Brewing Co with many of these being located in and around Brisbane. With so many breweries it is no surprise that there is such an array of local beer on offer that will surely please every beer drinker’s tastes.

Despite Queensland’s strong craft brewery scene, Queensland, like the rest of the Australian craft breweries have a number of challenges to contend with when it comes getting their beers in front of eager consumers. These factors make it even more important to go direct to the breweries to experience their local and seasonal brews, which is why we have listed some of the Brisbane’s best below.

 

Brisbane Craft Breweries

Brisbane Beer

Aether Brewing 

This reasonably new brewery creates and serves nine Aether brews in-house, along with three guest drops. Some of their signature beers include Aether Hop, Skip & Jump IPA, Viktor Imperial Red, Horizon Porter and Boos Bitter

 

All Inn Brewing Co. 

Based in Banyo, they make full flavored ales that are free from additives, unfiltered, unpasteurized and finings free. Their ales include the Lucy – Session Ale, Ruby – Amber Ale, Betty – Porter, and Penny – Pale Ale.

 

Ballistic Beer Co. 

These guys pride themselves on designing their brewery to produce the freshest, fullest flavored, delicious tasting beer. Ballistic has four key beers of different styles, with everything from their Australian Psycho IPA, Dirty Word Lager, Pilot Light Table Beer, and The Grandfather Strong Oaked Ale.

 

Brisbane Brewing Co.

Brisbane Brewing Co. is a boutique craft beer brewery and bar with a range of award winning craft beers are brewed on site. From here you can enjoy their Sunset Light Golden Ale, Brisbane Pale Ale, Brissy Pils Organic Pilsner, Walker Texas Ranger American India Pale Ale.

 

Catchment Brewing Co.

Catchment Brewing has a core range, which reflects the kind of beers they like to drink on a regular basis. Their small brewery also allows them to experiment and craft small, one-off batches that change with the seasons. Core beers include a Bright Ale, Pale Select, and the 500 IPA.

 

Green Beacon Brewing

Green Beacon is Brisbane’s oldest brewery, opening in January 2013. Like many others, it was started by a couple of young friends who wanted to create quality, handcrafted local beers aimed at the discerning drinker. Their core range includes the 3 Bolt Pale Ale, 7 Bells Passionfruit Gose, Cross Knot Kolsch, Half Mast India Session Ale, Mainstay American Amber Ale, Penny Porter, Wayfarer American Wheat, and the Windjammer India Pale Ale.  

 

Newstead Brewing 

Newstead brew a variety of chemical and preservative free beers. Their core range include, a 3 Quarter Time Session Ale, The Mayne Thing Golden Ale, Liquidambar Amber Ale, Out & a Bout Pale Ale, Two to the Valley India Pale Ale, 21 Feet 7 Inches Porter, The Belmont Saison, The Nundah Hefeweizen, Paddington E.S.B, Toowong Dubbel, and the Jono Cider.

 

As you can see, these last two breweries have a number of more beers in their core range as they are the two biggest craft breweries in Brisbane.

 

Popular Brisbane Beer Varieties

Brisbane Beer

The most popular beer style in modern Australia is lager, however, as you can see from these popular craft breweries, Brisbane beer drinkers also are big fans of a variety of ales. With most of these breweries producing a pale ale, amber ale, IPA and a session ale, it is clear that the local beer scene loves an ale.

Not only are there many great breweries, bars and bottle shops to get your locally produced beer, but there is also a few beer festivals popping up to celebrate this sparkling amber liquid.  

 

Beer isn’t all Brisbane is brewing up. There are also many great Brisbane coffee roasters, which you should definitely check out.

Discover Some of Brisbane\’s Best Coffee Roasters 

 

Foodie Hot Spot – Logan Road

Besides being famous for The Gabba cricket and AFL ground, the chic ambient inner-city suburb of Woolloongabba is becoming even better known for its food scene. Tucked away off Logan and Ipswich roads, Woolloongabba’s five ways precinct on Logan Rd is a Brisbane foodie hot spot and a little slice of Europe. Here you will find bars, restaurants and cafes housed in heritage-listed buildings alongside fashion boutiques and antique shops.

This foodie hot spot is constantly evolving with a mix of long standing establishments and new kids on the block. One of the things we love most about this hot spot is that you can go from brunch to lunch, to an afternoon drink, to dinner (and even more drinking) without even having to get in the car.

We’ve listed some of our favourite venues in the five ways precinct to take you from breakfast to dinner.

 

Grinders Coffee

Foodie Hot Spot Logan Road

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Grinders Coffee was established in 1962 in Lygon Street, the centre of Melbourne’s famous Italian Quarter. Giancarlo and Rino wanted to bring the authentic taste of European coffee to Australia and the legend was born when they opened Grinders Coffee House. Today, they continue to strive to produce the highest-quality coffee blends for Australia’s booming café and restaurant scene – and now for an increasingly astute domestic market.

Grinders Coffee has just opened a swanky new specialty coffee hub and training school in Woolloongabba, not only delivering cups of fine single origins and blends but also training up the next generation of all-star baristas.

This new coffee-lovers haven is a great spot to kick start your morning. The venue marks a new phase for Grinders, which is combining an educational component and a shift towards some specialty offerings across its major hubs.

 

The Baker’s Arms

Foodie Hot Spot Logan Road

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The Baker’s Arms oozes charm with exposed brick walls, vintage wallpaper, dark timber finishes and a glossy green tiled bar. This specialty Bakehouse serves up breakfast and lunch, including vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options, as well as preparing carefully crafted Campos coffee.

If you’re looking to satisfy your sweet tooth, their display case is chock-full of cakes, tarts and assorted sweet treats. It is perfect for a morning or lunchtime visit.

 

Pearl Cafe

Foodie Hot Spot Logan Road

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Pearl Cafe captures the ambience of the area. The cafe, like The Bakers Arms, is fitted out with exposed brick walls, along with wooden and antique detailing, beautiful lighting, and a small, but delicious, produce-driven menu.

The menu is heavy on nostalgia, with dishes such as a cheesy Croque monsieur, rabbit pie, and a fish-finger sandwich. Upstairs, The Servery is open for wine, cheese, and charcuterie for private functions. Private dining is also available in the beautiful, Roast Room.

Pearl has a cult following and an unrivalled breakfast, and brunch menu. Considering this, it makes for a great breaky spot.

 

Detour Restaurant

Foodie Hot Spot Logan Road

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Former Public executive chef Damon Amos has branched out on his own to create Detour. He works his magic preparing and plating food in full view of diners.

Detour caters well for the dietary sensitive, with its menu split into omnivore and herbivore options, and has a completely gluten-free kitchen – only a couple of dishes contain gluten with those glutenous elements prepared off site.

The drinks list is concise but curated, featuring just six whites, six reds, three rosés, three champagnes, plus cocktails and beers.

This is a newly established venue which only opened at the beginning of this year. Not only is it stylish with an interesting menu, Detour is open late with its kitchen operating until 11:00 pm.

Being open so late, it is obviously a great late dinner spot.

 

1889 Enoteca

Foodie Hot Spot Logan Road

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1889 Enoteca is an award-winning Brisbane restaurant renowned for serving some of Brisbane’s best Italian cuisine. This is definitely a place for wine lovers because it is also home to an impressive wine bar, vinaio, (wine library) and a beautiful underground cellar for private dining and functions.

1889 Enoteca serves traditional Roman fare and hand-made pasta. The cosy, sophisticated setting provides a perfect backdrop for this authentic Italian experience. Like Detour, Enoteca is a little more upmarket to the casual cafes we mentioned earlier.

The restaurant is open on select days for lunch and dinner, so if comforting Italian food and great wine is what you feel like, this is definitely the place for you.

 

Canvas Club

Foodie Hot Spot Logan Road

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Their philosophy is simple: great food, a relaxed cool vibe, and interesting cocktails. They serve what they like to call Spanish cuisine with a Southern accent: rustic but modern comfort food and twists on classic dishes and cocktails, plus home-baked desserts that will make you feel like a kid again.

Canvas also has a selection of boutique wines and craft beer and are passionate about using only the freshest fruit and premium spirits in their range of cocktails.

Although they only have a limited Tapas menu, each item are signature dishes, which Chef Jared has refined over the past few years to make them some of the best Tapas dishes in Brisbane.

Cocktails are what are the real focus outside of their tapas and pair perfectly with each dish. Along with some of the best cocktails in Brisbane, their bartenders have won numerous awards and contests.

Whether you’re after food or a drink, Canvas, in our opinion is a must visit.

 

Electric Avenue Jr

Foodie Hot Spot Logan Road

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Electric Avenue is the latest project from the boys behind Canvas Bar – a comfortable spot for diners and revellers to take a step back in time. It is a venue that pays tribute to Woolloongabba’s history as an antique hot spot.

Electric Avenue boasts a fun vintage vibe along with new light fixtures, a host of comfortable furniture, a revamped bar area, a toy room-themed hangout spot and a separate 50-seater bistro.

The kitchen produces delicious bistro fare, blending fine-dining techniques with a casual approach. Here you can choose from a range of entrees, mains, desserts, bar snacks and cheeses.

Electric Avenue is well stocked with everything you could fancy sipping, including 75 kinds of wine from all corners of the globe, tap and bottled beer and five specialty cocktails to put to your lips.

But, that’s not all. This new venue also boasts a hidden bar.  Head upstairs and head through a closet in the wall and you will find Jack Rabbits – one of Brisbane’s coolest speakeasy whisky bar.

 

These are just 7 of the great venues in this foodie hot spot, but after reading all about them, I’m sure you’ll agree they make this an amazing foodie hot spot to visit.

 

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Brisbane Venues Everyone is Talking About Right Now

Right now is an exciting time to be in Brisbane. The food scene is constantly evolving and there are not only great new venues continuously popping up, but there are also numerous events and special offerings happening at some of Brisbane’s favourite spots.

Here is a round up the Brisbane venues getting both a lot of media and social shares at the moment.

 

Mr Chester Wine Bar

Brisbane Venues

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Mr Chester is a modern Wine Bar who champions the boutique, smaller producers creating world class products. The wine menu is revolving and handpicked by their in-house Sommelier. Chat to the bar tender about what flavours you enjoy a wine and they’ll be sure to pick one you love.

Not only do they have a stellar wine list but they also have a limited selection of great spirits. You won’t find cheap vodka in this bar, as Mr Chester features only two boutique gins and two fine whiskies.

Their food menu follows suit with a few select items featuring a range of share plates suitable to snack on with your wine or spirit. Cheese, charcuterie, terrine, pate, sardines on sourdough, chilli peanuts and olives are available to order – although these dishes also revolve with the wines that are available at the time of visiting.

 

Savile Row

Brisbane Venues

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Saville Row is an opulent speakeasy-style vintage lounge bar hidden behind a closed orange door.

The bar is lined ceiling to floor with a staggering line-up of spirits including some 400 whiskies, 60 rums, 50 tequilas and 40 gins.

Savile Row has its own signature list of 20 bespoke cocktails such as the Hedwig – Ketel One Citroen vodka, lemon thyme kirsch, fresh pineapple, fennel seeds, cardamom & coconut sugar. bar folk can make up any one of 200 classic cocktails on request and boutique beer and wine are also available.

No food is served and customers are welcome to BYO snacks.

 

321 Water St Bar and Kitchen

Brisbane Venues

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This cool casual hub of inspiring food, live music and a good dose of creativity combines farmers markets, a cafe and street food.

It has a funky modern Australian cafe serving all day breakfast and fresh, healthy, lunch options.

For breakfast, the menu offers a range of fresh juices, smoothies, coffee, and teas, as well as the chow breakfast, bircher muesli with apricot and cranberries, fritelles (corn fritters with chorizo or halloumi), polpettes (broccoli and potato croquettes), or smoked ocean trout with Persian feta and sourdough.

For lunch, there is a popular range of paninis (beef cheek, paprika chicken, or vegetarian), as well as calamari, gnocchi, rigatoni and risotto of the day. These might be washed down nicely with a beer, wine, iced tea, or cocktail.

On a Friday night, they have happy hour from 4 – 5 pm, with $15 aperitivo and meal special from 5 – 8 pm. Every Sunday morning from 10 am – 12 noon, 321 Water St hosts live music, which is the perfect accompaniment to any leisurely breakfast.

 

Bar OTTO

Brisbane Venues

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Bar OTTO sits opposite its older sibling at 480 Queen. The Italian-style bar is bringing aperitivo hour to the city, set against the backdrop of the Story Bridge and Brisbane River.

The concept of Bar OTTO is simple – after-work or pre-dinner drinks and assagai (small bites) in true Italian style from 3:00 pm weekdays.

They serve traditional aperitivos of Aperol spritzes and Negronis and classic cocktails including a bramble, old fashioned, sidecar and espresso martini. Much like the restaurant, Bar OTTO’s wine list is extensive, with a key focus on Italian drops.

Keeping in mind that you’re likely to eat dinner afterwards, the menu is concise, with the OTTO kitchen preparing a selection of assagai all sitting under the $12 mark. The menu includes items such as oysters with eschalot and black pepper, arancini, artichokes with garlic breadcrumbs, and mortadella with grissini. Lunch is also served on Thursdays and Fridays, with blackboard specials changing each week.

 

The Farm Wholefoods

Brisbane Venues

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The Farm Wholefoods is a newcomer to Gasworks Plaza that has breakfast and lunch sorted, with a range of nutritious and tasty bowls that promise to start your day the right way.

Founded in 2015 by Sydney foodies Josh and Lisa Thomson, The Farm Wholefoods concept was created to speedily deliver delicious and healthy food in a casual dining atmosphere. The Farm Wholefoods prides itself on supporting local suppliers and producers – sourcing the freshest ingredients for its rustic-yet-appetising culinary offering.

Bowls are a big deal at The Farm Wholefoods – there are ten varied choices ranging from breakfast to lunch.

Breakfast includes options like the Almighty bowl (featuring sourdough, smashed avocado, bacon and scrambled egg) or the Luxe bowl (poached eggs, smoked salmon, kale, avocado, quinoa and goats cheese).

Lunch offers up a sampling of savoury bowls, such as the Bento bowl (buckwheat soba noodles, salmon, pickled ginger and edamame beans) or the Burrito bowl (chicken, jalapenos, rice and smashed avocado).

Their takeaway counter is also full of rotating salads, fresh paninis, chia pots, almond milk porridge and even soup.

 

These are five of the most publicised venues around Brisbane this past month. Make sure you follow us on Facebook to stay up to date with all the latest happenings.

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Brisbane Artisan Coffee Cafes To Visit Right Now

Brisbane hasn’t always had an array artisan coffee cafes, but over the past 5 years or so, there have been a number of great Brisbane artisan coffee cafes and roasters pop up all over town.

To give you a quick snapshot of Brisbane’s coffee scene, we’ve compiled a list of some of the city’s best roasters and artisan coffee cafes.

In the first part of this post, we served up some of Brisbane’s most delicious local roasters. If you missed it, you can check it out here.

Now that you’re sorted for your freshly roasted beans, which you can also enjoy at their respective cafes,

Let’s have a look at some other artisan coffee cafes where you can get a superb espresso, pour over, AeroPress, cold-drip or whatever coffee floats your boat.

A good cup of coffee isn’t only about the talent of the barista, it also has a lot to do with the ingredients, as well as the brewing process itself. Brewing methods can greatly enhance the flavour of your brew; in fact, it’s brewing methods that tend to be the hallmark of a great artisan coffee.

 

Artisan Coffee Cafes

Strauss

Brisbane Artisan Coffee Cafes

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Strauss is focused on delivering some of the best coffee in town, simple tasting food and great service. Sourcing everything we can locally with a strict focus on quality and working with the best suppliers in town.

Here you’ll want to try the Strauss espresso blend or their bottled cold brew.

 

Bunker Coffee

Brisbane Artisan Coffee Cafes

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Bunker is nestled within the shell of a World War II air raid shelter and remains the perfect place to retreat.

Bunker specialises in quality coffee rather than a particular blend. They decided to buy their equipment outright and not contract with any company so they can source coffee from all of Australia’s top roasters.

They change their coffee weekly but always source from the best, quality-focused roasters. Locally, this includes Cup, Single Guys, Uncle Joe’s, Marvell St and Cleanskin.

 

Ltd Espresso

Brisbane Artisan Coffee Cafes

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Ltd Espresso has been opened by an owner who is passionate about teaching visitors about the beans, flavours and processes that go into each cup. Luke aims for each visit to be a lesson in coffee science. So if you want to learn more about what makes a great coffee this is a must visit place for you!

Ltd espresso + brew bar is all about the coffee. Its concept is simple. Offering up three different coffees each selected for a particular style. One for White, one for black and one for Filter.

Ltd offers limited batches of blends and single origin beans from Cleanskin Coffee Co ensuring an ever-changing variety of flavours. Separate roasting beans are used for each variety of coffee, with pour overs and cold-pressed coffee also available.

 

Black Sheep Coffee

Brisbane Artisan Coffee Cafes

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Black Sheep was born from two creatives with a love of coffee and a passion for detail. Their attention to ethics in sourcing coffee and tea where environmental and human standards is a top priority.

If you care about where your cup of joe comes from this is a great place to go. Black Sheep Coffee like to ensure their customers can experience something a little bit different and hope that their passion can be tasted in the final cup.  There are no shortcuts taken here, just time, effort and passion.

 

Espresso Garage

Brisbane Artisan Coffee Cafes

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Espresso Garage is a hole-in-the-wall coffee haunt nestled in an unassuming nook between Grey and Little Stanley Streets. It is the perfect place for people on the go needing a quick, delicious coffee fix and a treat to go.

The Espresso Garage team shares a love for fine espresso and will understand your craving and desire for a promptly served, hot coffee. Bean-lovers will appreciate the Di Manfredi coffee flavour delivered by talented baristas. It also serves a range of yummy treats including buttery croissants, and avocado on Turkish bread.

 

Pourboy

Brisbane Artisan Coffee Cafes

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Pourboy uses some of the world’s most exciting coffees and state of the art machinery, alongside alternative brewing methods to cater to even the most discerning of coffee aficionados.

The highly skilled team at Pourboy churn out house espresso blends, pour over, AeroPress and cold drips. Coming out of their state-of-the-art Synesso coffee machine, each cup is aromatic and smooth with full-bodied flavour.

 

There you have it, a fine list of some of the best Brisbane artisan coffee cafes.

 

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Brisbane Coffee Roasters That You Need To Know

Brisbane Coffee Roasters

 

Australia has a distinct coffee culture and is often cited as being one of the most developed and vibrant in the world, and thanks to all the great Brisbane Coffee Roasters, Brisbane is no different.

To this day, coffee chains such as Starbucks have a very little market share in Australia. One reason for this is that unlike in the United States and Asia, Australia already had a developed coffee culture for many decades before coffee chains came to the market.

The development of the coffee industry has grown not from coffee chains but through independent cafés born out of early Greek and Italian immigration.

Despite the origins of our Greek and Italian migrants, we tend to roast our coffee a little lighter here. Not just to suit our tastes, but also because of our love of milk based coffee.

Whilst Queensland, and specifically Brisbane doesn’t have a huge Greek and Italian population, our coffee culture today is also built on smaller boutique coffee roasters and cafes instead of coffee chains.

Brisbane hasn’t always had an artisan coffee culture. Over the past 5 years or so, Brisbane has seen a number of great roasters and artisan coffee cafes pop up all over town.

To give you a quick snapshot of Brisbane’s coffee scene, we’ve compiled a list of some of the city’s best roasters and artisan coffee cafes.

The freshness of coffee beans is one of the factors that contributes to a great cup of joe so getting locally roasted beans that are also roasted to perfection is the perfect way to feed your caffeine addiction.

Like fruit and vegetables, coffee is a perishable commodity. After a certain period, coffee becomes stale as the oils become rancid and the aroma is lost. Fresh locally roasted coffee will always taste better than one that has spent months in transport and storage, no matter how good it is and how well it’s packaged.

In the first part of this post, we’re serving up some of Brisbane’s most delicious local roasters.

Brisbane Coffee Roasters

The Single Guys

Brisbane Coffee Roasters

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The Single Guys is a specialty coffee company born and bred in Brisbane, Australia. With a focus on sophistication, character and integrity, we seek to source and supply the finest single-origin coffee and related products to our customers.

With a retail operation in the western suburbs of Brisbane, we also roast all of our coffee at a shared roasting facility for both our retail operations and our wholesale customers.

 

Wolff Coffee Roasters

Brisbane Coffee Roasters

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Wolff Coffee Roasters was set up in 2010 by Peter Wolff after he decided to launch a new coffee roasting business. This time his focus was squarely on flavour in the cup, sourced in a sustainable way. The ultimate goal is to make specialty grade coffee available and approachable to everyday coffee drinkers.

Wolff Coffee Roasters also established Wolff College of Coffee – and educational platform that provides consultation, training and education in all aspects of roasting, cupping, green coffee purchasing and plantation management.

 

Fonzie Abbott

Brisbane Coffee Roasters

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Fonzie Abbott specialises in producing speciality coffee and offering three consistent blends (Highside, Boxer and Drifter) with a blend of the month (BOM) plus the rotation of many single origins, which they showcase throughout the year.

The Fox Street Factory’s main purpose is for both retail and wholesale and has been set up as a cool little place the Fonz would be proud of.

 

Bellissimo Coffee

Brisbane Coffee Roasters

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Bellissimo Coffee was established in 2009 and started roasting from their flagship store at Wandoo Street in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley in 2010. Since then they’ve won multiple awards over the years to become the current highest awarded coffee roaster in Australia.

Their blends include the Italian Dark Roast, Ultimo, Mocha Java, and Emporio, as well as 13 different single origins.

 

Campos Coffee

Brisbane Coffee Roasters

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Campos Coffee use the highest quality beans in their specialty coffee blends. They pride themselves on the fact that they only ever use specialty grade beans, which includes all of their blends, all of their single origins and flagship Superior Blend.

Campos spend a great deal of time roasting, testing, cupping and assessing the beans to ensure every roast has the right balance and flavour profiles shining through. They repeat this process again and again until they’re convinced it’s just right, each and every time. And even after this rigorous process, they still cup every morning – without fail.

Their blends include Dark City, Blade Runner Blend, and the Campos Superior Blend.

 

Blue Sky Coffee

Brisbane Coffee Roasters

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Blue Sky Coffee produce a range of award-winning blends to encompass milk based and black espresso, filter/pour-over, sustainable, decaffeinated and Turkish style coffees.

They seasonally source varieties of Arabica beans that will allow us to achieve the desired sweetness, bitterness, acidity and aroma of our blends.

Their signature blends include Crema Deluxe, Midnight Oil, Ebony Ivory, Morning Plunge, Clean Bean and Balkan Express in addition to their single origins, signature single origins and capsules.

 

 

There are also a number of bigger guys that stock many great cafes and restaurants around Brisbane, including Merlo, Di Bella, and Elixir.

This list is sure to have you well caffeinated. Make sure you check out part two of this post series on Artisan Coffee Cafes (coming next week).

 

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Malbec Food Pairing for World Malbec Day

The delicious full-bodied red wine that is a Malbec grows mostly in Argentina and is certainly a wine worth celebrating. World Malbec Day is celebrated on April 17, to commemorate the day when president Domingo Faustino Sarmiento of Argentina officially made it his mission to transform Argentina’s wine industry.

This highly celebrated Argentinian wine is known for its plump, dark fruit flavours and smoky finish, but actually originated in France where it grows in the Sud-Ouest. Today the majority of France’s Malbec is found in Cahors, a small town on a switchback river that gently flows towards Bordeaux. Malbec quickly became common as a blending grape in Bordeaux’s top 5 wine grapes. However, because of the grapes’ poor resistance to weather and pests, it never surfaced as a top French variety. Instead, it found a new home in Mendoza, Argentina. Today, Argentina leads the production of the grape with over 75% of all the acres of Malbec in the world.

The structure of Argentinian Malbec has a lot of very ripe fruit but lower acidity overall; with Cahors, the structure is built around the freshness of dark blackberry fruit and higher acidity.

 

YOUNG, FRUITY MALBECS

The lighter-bodied, young and fruitier styles are great with charcuterie and other meat dishes with a medium flavour profile like fajitas or beef burritos

 

BEEF, BEAN AND CHEESE BURRITOS

Malbec Food Pairing

Image and Recipe via Carlsbadcravings.com

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 6 flour tortillas
  • 1 1/2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, more or less to taste

BURRITO FILLING

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 4-6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chilli powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt plus more to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 16 oz. can refried beans
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup salsa (medium for more of a kick)
  • Hot sauce to taste

ADDITIONAL FILLINGS/TOPPING INGREDIENTS

  • Sour cream
  • Lettuce
  • Tomatoes
  • Guacamole
  • Rice

METHOD

1). Add onions and beef to a large skillet and cooked over medium heat until onions are softened and meat is cooked through. Add garlic and sauté for 30 seconds. Drain off any excess fat (if there is any).
2). Stir in all of the spices/seasonings, followed by refried beans until well incorporated, followed by sour cream and salsa. Heat through.
3). If using raw tortillas, cook according to package directions. If using cooked tortillas, stack them together on a plate, cover with a damp paper towel and microwave for 30 seconds or until warmed through.
4). Line the middle of each tortilla with the desired amount of cheese. Top with Bean and Beef filling and any additional desired filling ingredients. Fold in the edges of each tortilla and roll up “burrito style.” Serve with additional sour cream, guacamole, etc. (optional).
5). Optional to “crisp” burritos: Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add burritos, 3 at a time, seam side down, and cook until golden, about 2-3 minutes per side.

 

HEAVYWEIGHT MALBECS (MORE EXPENSIVE, FULL-BODIED MALBECS OF 14%+)

The higher-alcohol Malbecs pair perfectly with steak, roast beef and venison, and also with more substantial vegetarian dishes such as burnt aubergine or roasted root vegetables.

Another dish that packs a punch is Lamb tagine, which rich flavours make a delicious match for a heavyweight Malbec.

 

LAMB TAGINE WITH DATES AND APRICOTS

Malbec Food Pairing

Image and Recipe via Keviniscooking.com

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 tbsp olive oil and 1 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp blanched almond slivers
  • 2 red onions diced
  • 3 cloves garlic smashed and diced
  • 2 tbsp ginger paste
  • pinch of saffron threads
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 tsp coriander seeds crushed
  • 1 lb lamb cubed shoulder or leg
  • 8 dates seeded
  • 8 apricots
  • 4 strips of orange peel
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp of Ras el Hanout optional
  • kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper

METHOD

1). Heat the butter and oil in a tagine or heavy casserole baking dish. Stir in the almonds and sauté until golden. Add the diced onions and garlic, stir and cook over low heat until golden. Stir in the ginger paste, saffron, cinnamon sticks and coriander seeds. Add the cubed lamb pieces and stir to make sure everything is coated with the onion and spices. Sauté for 4 minutes.
2). Next, pour enough water in to cover the meat and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 1 hour or until meat is tender.
3). Add the dates, apricots and orange peel, stir to mix and cover. Simmer for 20 minutes.
4). Stir in the honey and ras-el-hanout (optional) and simmer another 10 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. The sauce should be syrupy. If it is too watery, allow to simmer and thicken with lid off for 5 minutes, or add some water if necessary.
5). Top with chopped cilantro and serve alongside couscous and bread of choice.

 

MORE RUSTIC STYLES OF MALBEC SUCH AS CAHORS AND COT

Look to the foods enjoyed locally in the South of France, such as slow-cooked lamb, cassoulet, or confit de canard.

Other dishes, such as a braised leg of lamb, lamb shanks or braised beef stews are great to enjoy with a more rustic style of Malbec.

 

SLOW COOKED LAMB SHANKS WITH RED WINE SAUCE

Malbec Food Pairing

Image and Recipe Via recipetineats.com

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 lamb shanks, around 500g each
  • 2 tsp salt, separated
  • Pepper
  • 2 – 3 tbsp olive oil, separated
  • 1 cup onion, finely diced (brown, yellow or white)
  • 1 cup carrot, finely diced (optional)
  • 1 cup celery, finely diced (optional)
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2½ cups red wine, full bodied (good value wine)
  • 800g can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 cups chicken stock (or water)
  • 5 sprigs of thyme (preferably tied together), or 2 tsp dried thyme
  • 2 dried bay leaves or 4 fresh

SAUCE

  • ½ to 1½ cups hot water

METHOD

1). Preheat the oven to 350F/180C.
2). Pat the lamb shanks dry and sprinkle with 1 tsp of salt and black pepper.
3). Heat 2 tbsp of olive oil in a heavy based pot (dutch oven is ideal) over high heat.
4). Sear the lamb shanks in 2 batches until brown all over, about 5 minutes.
5). Remove lamb onto a plate and drain excess fat (if any) from the pot.
6). Turn the heat down to medium low. Heat remaining 1 tbsp of olive oil in the same pot. Add the onion, carrot, celery and garlic. Sauté for 10 minutes until the onion is translucent.
7). Add the red wine and turn up the heat to medium-high. Bring it to a simmer, scraping the bottom of the pan to mix all the brown bits into the wine. Simmer for 3 minutes to evaporate the alcohol a bit.
8). Add the remaining ingredients (including remaining 1 tsp salt and pepper) and stir to combine.
9). Place the lamb shanks into the pot, squeezing them in to fit so they are mostly submerged.
10). Bring back up to simmer, cover, then transfer to the oven for 2 hours.
11). Turn the lamb shanks, cover, then return to the oven for another 30 minutes (so 2½ hours in total). The lamb should be very tender, the exposed surface of the liquid should be browned and the sauce should be reduced down to about ¼ of the original amount.
12). Carefully transfer the lamb to a plate and pick out the thyme sprigs and bay leaves.
13). Skim excess fat off the surface of sauce. Use a stick blender to puree the sauce to make it smooth and thick. Use hot water to adjust the thickness and intensity of the sauce. Adjust salt and pepper to taste.
15). Serve the lamb shanks on mashed potato or cauliflower puree with plenty of sauce!

 


SO, THERE YOU HAVE IT, 3 GREAT RECIPES TO ENJOY THIS WORLD MALBEC DAY

 

Award Winning Queensland Wine

Queensland’s wine industry is one of the State’s best-kept secrets. The industry has grown significantly over the years and the quality of Queensland wines is beginning to be recognised as among the best in Australia. Today, there is a lot of award-winning Queensland wine, which we love being able to introduce our guests to.

Whilst we are a food based company, creating foodie experiences also includes exceptional wines and other delicious beverages, which makes great local wine a pivotal part of our job. Something, we are more than obliging to do of course!

Queensland’s wine regions lie between Mount Ommaney on Brisbane’s outskirts through to Ipswich, Toowoomba and Roma in the west and the Granite Belt in the south.

The State’s best-known wine growing region, and possibly the best, is the Granite Belt. The Granite Belt, with altitudes of 700 to 1250 metres above sea level, is a cool climate region and has a similar temperature range to central Victoria. An unknown fact for many not familiar with the local area. This Granite Belt experiences unique growing and ripening conditions, unlike elsewhere in Australia. The combination of cool weather and decomposed granite soils produces outstanding wines, many of which are also award winning wines.

So, at which wineries can you find these stellar wines? Here are just a few of the top award winning wineries in the Granite Belt to add to your must-visit list.

 

BALLANDEAN ESTATE WINES

Award Winning Queensland Wine Ballandean Estate

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Ballandean Estate Wines is the oldest winery in the Granite Belt. Considering that they also took out all of the awards at Queensland Wine’s 2015 and 2016 awards night, they are also one of the best. They won the 2015 awards for Viticulturist, Winemaker, Cellar Door and Winery of the Year.

These guys clearly have their secret formula for success nailed down. The family owned and operated winery has been producing wine from these very vineyards since 1932.

Ballandean Estate blends the history of their four generations with modern winemaking methods that result in a remarkable wine experience. With one of the best cellar door experiences in Queensland, this winery is making a name for its alternative varietals, as well as its dry whites and premium reds using grapes from two vineyards in Ballandean.

On top of the numerous Queensland Wine awards, Ballandean has also be awarded many others and has been listed by leading wine expert James Halliday as one of Australia’s Ten Dark Horses of the Wine Industry.

 

SUMMIT ESTATE WINES

Award Winning Queensland Wine Summit Estate

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Another James Halliday 5 star winery, Summit Estate Wines offer numerous award winning wines of elegance and complexity. They specialise aromatic Mediterranean & European varieties along with alternative varietals.

A couple of their most recent awards in the 2016 Queensland Wine Awards were a bronze medal for their Summit Estate Fiano and a Silver for their Summit Estate Vermentino.

ROBERT CHANNON WINES

Award Winning Queensland Wine Robert Channon Wines

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Verdelho fan? Robert Channon’s your man. James Halliday once called these verdelhos the best he’s ever tasted, but the wine is just the start of it. Robert Channon produces fine Verdelho, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Their wine is made at our winery from grapes grown in our cool climate vineyards at an elevation of about 950 metres, and are particularly known for their Verdelho and Chardonnay for good reason.

Their first 3 vintages of Verdelho won the Trophy for Queensland’s Best White Wine. Since then they have regularly won gold medals. They are also one of the few small wineries in Australia to have won a national trophy at a national show for a champion wine. This is effectively a ‘Best in Australia’ award.

Robert Channon has won numerous Queensland Wine Awards and Australian Small Winemakers Awards amongst others. A couple of their recent wins at the 2016 Queensland Wine Awards include bronze for their 2015 and 2016 Verdelhos, as well as a silver for their 2016 Shiraz.


SYMPHONY HILL

Award Winning Queensland Wine Symphony Hill

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Another Granite Belt ‘MVP’, Symphony Hill is a James Halliday mainstay and picking up plenty of other awards along the way. Symphony Hill is the only Queensland winery to win gold medals at the Royal Sydney and Royal Melbourne Wine Shows.

Symphony Hill Wines is a group of family and friends bonded together on the quest to make world class wines and to never stop learning. Their vineyard is the highest in the region allowing their flagship wine, Reserve Shiraz, to produce a style of wine that is unique in Australia and totally different to Shiraz grown at lower altitudes. Their signature Reserve Shiraz is even fit for royalty: it was served to Wills and Kate when the couple came to Brisbane in 2014.

Some of their recent Queensland Wine Awards include gold for their Reserve Verdelho, silver for their Petit Manseng, bronze for their 2015 Viognier, Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012 Reserve Shiraz, 2014 Reserve Shiraz, and 2014 Reserve Shiraz “The Rock.”

 

CLOVELY ESTATE

Award Winning Queensland Wine Clovely Estate

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Clovely Estate is a family-owned business born out of a love of wine and a family agricultural history in the region. They have always been prepared to experiment with ancient and innovative winemaking techniques and became a James Halliday 5-star winery in 2015, giving them official recognition to what their loyal customers already knew.

Unlike the previous wineries we’ve listed here, Clovely Estate has a cellar door in Red Hill. They literally bring the South Burnett to the city.

In less than 20 years, Clovely Estate has become one of Australia’s leading boutique wineries. Recent Queensland Wine Awards include gold for their 2013 Semillon, silver for their  2010 and 2014 Semillons, and bronze for their 2013 Petit Verdot and 2013 Fortified Grenache.

 

GOLDEN GROVE ESTATE

Award Winning Queensland Wine Golden Grove Estate

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The last award-winning Granite Belt winery we’ll mention here is a Golden Grove Estate. The first vines were planted in 1975 and were followed in recent years by other classic varieties. As the wine industry emerged they begun planting classic wine grape varieties for the making of commercial wine.

This wine is something that many have come to love and again have received lots of awards for.

They also took home a bag of awards at the 2016 Queensland Wine Awards, including silver for their 2014 Chardonnay, 2014 Durif, 2014  Mouverdre, 2016 Joven Tempranillo, NV Marnita Muscat and bronze for their 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, 2016 Vermentino, 2016 Accommodation Creek Semillon Sauvignon Blanc, and 2016 Muscadean.

A smaller region, but one we love taking guests on the outskirts of Brisbane and the Scenic Rim.

The Scenic Rim wine growing area lies in the eroded interior of an ancient shield volcano. The Scenic Rim is one of the fastest growing wine tourism regions in Queensland, and its rich volcanic soils are producing premium wines which are making their mark on regional and national wine shows.

The region saw a resurgence in 1984 with the planting of Ironbark Ridge Winery. Since then another dozen or so vineyards have been planted, all boutique in size and unique in character. Being so close to Brisbane but removed from the coastal humidity and rainfall, the Scenic Rim wine region is in a great position to develop a thriving wine market.

 

SIRROMET WINES

Award Winning Queensland Wine Sirromet

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There is one winery here, Sirromet Wines that really stands out. Opening in 2000, Sirromet is one of the largest wine producers in Queensland. They grow grapes in Redlands (Mt Cotton), just out of Brisbane and in the Granite Belt. Sirromet produces a wide selection of varieties, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Tempranillo, Nebbiolo,  Shiraz, Petit Verdot, Chambourcin, Viognier, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Pinot Gris, and Verdelho.

When talking about award winning Queensland wine, Sirromet is awarded to the hilt and basically Queensland wine royalty.

They have collected over 880 prestigious national and international wine awards since opening in 2000. 

Recent Queensland Wine Awards include gold for their 2016 Vineyard Selection Verdelho and silver for their 2014 Le Sauvage Chardonnay.


 

These are just some award winning Queensland wines. There are some great drops out there and it is also a key element we wanted to showcase to guests as part of our Ultimate Delectable Experience.

If enjoying award winning wine is a priority in your life, you will definitely love The Ultimate Delectable Experience

10 Reasons You’ll Love An Ultimate Experience

This ultimate experience is our newest creation of delicious local produce, award winning venues and amazing wines. It is called the Ultimate Delectable Experience for a reason and that’s because it also entails a lot more!

The Ultimate Delectable Experience is just that. It is a first-class tour that includes both luxury car and helicopter transportation, visiting fine-dining establishments in the outer Brisbane region. This tour highlights some of Queensland’s best locally grown produce and has a real focus on farm-to-table. It is a five-course experience that also includes tastings and two bottles (to take home) of locally produced wine.

Here are 10 reasons we believe you’ll love an ultimate experience.

 

Quality One-on-One Time with Someone Special

Ultimate Experience Romantic

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This experience has been specially designed for two. Although you’ll have your host guide you along the way, you will dine privately and have a chance to just sit back and enjoy your time together. So often we get distracted by our everyday lives and even everyone else’s problems or concerns, but this experience is just about you.

You don’t have to think about a thing as everything is taken care of for you.

 

Helicopter Flights

Ultimate Experience Helicopter

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Okay, who doesn’t want to arrive at five-star venues in a helicopter? It is the real celebratory factor! Besides this it allows you to see some beautiful scenery from above and travel quickly to different locations outside of Brisbane.

We wanted to give you a real taste of the amazing produce South East Queensland produces, so why not take you directly to the source. You’ll fly and arrive in style to these various areas with breathtaking views.

World-Class Cuisine

Ultimate Experience World Class Cuisine

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Being a food tour company, it is no surprise that our main focus is on amazing food. This ultimate experience is all about gourmet dining at award-winning restaurants.

We know first-hand that no one-size fits all, so your menu will be customised to your tastes. No matter what your tastes it will be full of seasonal local produce prepared by excellent chefs.

 

Award Winning Wine

Ultimate Experience Premium Wine

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Starting with a private premium wine tasting and cheese pairing with more wine tasting and paired wines to enjoy along the way, this experience is heavily geared towards the wine lover.

Plus, did I mention that you get to take two bottles of your favourite wines home with you?

 

Door-to-Door Service

Ultimate Experience Prestige Car

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So, unfortunately, we can’t just rock in with a helicopter anywhere. There are a number of restrictions preventing that! But, we will pick you up in a prestige vehicle from your home or accommodation and take you back when the experience is finished. It wouldn’t be an ultimate experience if you had to jump in a taxi or even get on a bus when you’re finished. And, realistically after all that award-winning wine you really shouldn’t be driving!

 

Scenic Rim

Ultimate Experience Rainforest

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The Scenic Rim is exquisite! It is home to six National Parks, World Heritage listed rainforest, and three dams, so amazing the view from above. Amazing!

From the ground, you’ll not only see the views of vineyards, lavender fields and the Great Dividing Range, but you’ll also get to experience the land’s produce.

 

Lockyer Valley

Ultimate Experience Australian Bush

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The Lockyer Valley is home to so much more than farming and agriculture. It is a blend of town and country living with everything from top class restaurants and art galleries to stunning national parks and bushwalking.

You’ll have a chance to experience this both from the sky and the land. Plus, you’ll get to spend time on 12,000 acres of true Australian Bush.

 

Scope Out Venues For Your Wedding or Other Special Celebration

Ultimate Experience Wedding

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All of the venues we take you to on the Ultimate Delectable Experience are excellent, award-winning wedding venues so this could be your chance to scope out a few places all at once.

If a wedding is on the cards for you, you might also be interested in some of these venues for another special occasion or just a weekend away in luxury accommodation.

 

Cocktails

Ultimate Experience Cocktails

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“A cocktail done right can really show your guests that you care” – Danny Meyer
We want to indulge you on this ultimate food experience, and to us, this includes a cocktail. It’s our little way of showing you how much we care! Because the experience can’t just end with a drive back to the city, it needs to be capped off with something a little more memorable.

 

Make a weekend out of it

Ultimate Experience Accomodation

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This ultimate experience has specifically been designed with two options. Option one to have all of the amazing things above and option two to have all of the amazing things above plus accommodation with a dinner and breakfast package.

If a special weekend is what you’re looking for, why not extend your experience and enjoy even more delicious food, drinks and alone time?!

 


And, that’s a rap! Seriously, tell me you don’t love the sound of this! We hope you do, and if you’d like to book one for you or someone special, visit our
Ultimate Delectable Tour page.

3 Christmas Cocktails to Enjoy This Festive Season

Christmas is yet again just around the corner, and with the weather heating up down under, these Christmas cocktails will both refresh you and get you in the festive spirit.

 

Pomegranate and Rosemary Gin Fizz

This cocktail screams Christmas and is quite unique with the scent of rosemary combined with the herbaceous tones of gin. It’s not all herbaceous tones, bringing together a juxtaposition of  tart, sweet and pine. It both looks like and smells like Christmas, so how can you go wrong, it makes a wonderful Christmas cocktail?!

Christmas Cocktails

Recipe and Image via Creative Culinary

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup gin
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp rosemary simple syrup (1 cup water, 1 cup sugar, 1 sprig rosemary. Boil water until sugar dissolves, remove from heat, add rosemary and let sit for 15-20 minutes. Remove rosemary and refrigerate simple syrup)
  • 2 Tbsp pomegranate juice
  • Club soda, chilled
  • Rosemary sprigs and pomegranate arils for garnish

Method

  • Mix gin, lemon juice, simple syrup and pomegranate juice in a shaker with ice and shake vigorously 10-12 times then pour over ice in a lowball glass
  • Top with club soda and stir gently.
  • Garnish with a sprig of rosemary and a large spoonful of pomegranate arils

Strawberry Rosé Sangria

This is a quick and simple sangria made with fresh strawberries, rosé wine, and kicked up with some vodka! It’s light, refreshing, and fruity, perfect for a warm Christmas day.

Christmas Cocktails

Recipe and Image via Jennifer Meyering

Ingredients

  • 1 bottle (750 ml) rosé wine
  • 1 cup strawberry flavoured vodka
  • 2 1/2 cups lemon-lime soda
  • 1/4 cup stevia or sugar optional
  • 8-10 large strawberries hulled and sliced

Method

  • In a large pitcher, combine wine, vodka, and 1/2 of the strawberries. Taste for sweetness and add sweetener if necessary, and stir.
  • Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or up to 6.
  • Just before serving, add Sprite, the rest of strawberries and gently stir.
  • Serve over ice with strawberry garnish.

Pomegranate and Peppermint Moscow Mule

This final Christmas cocktail also looks like Christmas with its cute red and green colours but will require a little more time to prepare. Lucky you’ve got a couple of other options to drink while you’re waiting!

This Moscow Mule is a refreshing spin on the classic.

Recipe via Halfbaked Harvest

Ingredients

  • Crushed ice
  • 3/4 cup ginger beer
  • 1/3 cup pomegranate juice
  • 30 -60 ml vodka (depending on your taste)
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • Pomegranate arils, for topping
  • Candied mint, for garnish (recipe below)

Candied Mint Leaves

  • Water
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar


Method

  • Fill your glass with ice.
  • Add the ginger beer, pomegranate juice, vodka and lime juice.
  • Stir to combine.
  • Garnish with pomegranate arils and candied mint.
  • DRINK!

Candied Mint Leaves

  • Gently dip each mint leave in water and then cover in sugar. Place on a wax paper lined cookie sheet.
  • Repeat with the remaining leaves.
  • Allow the leaves to dry 3-6 hours at room temperature.
  • The mint can be made 1 day ahead and stored in an airtight container at room temperature.

 


 

So, there you have three festive cocktails to make your Christmas even more colourful. Enjoy!

Need some last minute Christmas Gift Ideas? Check out this post!

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