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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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!

Brisbane Tapas and Drinks – Things to do in Brisbane

Other than the indigenous climate and produce, Australian cuisine has been derived from the tastes and produce of immigrant settlers. Immigrants from the Mediterranean have had a particularly strong influence on Australia’s food culture. We’re now seeing more of this influence in the form of tapas bars and restaurants. It was also for this reason that we started offering a signature Mediterranean tour.

One of the things I love most about tapas is that with small bites, you can enjoy so many different flavours and taste a variety of dishes before filling up. So, why not make a delicious evening out of it and check out a few of Brisbane’s best tapas and drinks.

Here is my recommendation for a tasty evening of tapas.

First Stop – Elixir Rooftop Bar

Brisbane Tapas And Drinks

Image credit: Visit Brisbane

This trendy, yet quaint rooftop bar is located in the heart of Fortitude Valley. With a combination of great cocktails, a great atmosphere, and friendly staff, it’s a great place to enjoy some tapas in a relaxed atmosphere.

If you’re a cheese-o-holic like myself,  start with a delicious cheese board. It comes with three different cheese, quince paste, apple and lavosh. Do you really need some extra convincing?

I think it’s nice to kick things off with a refreshing cocktail like the Southside or Mojito.

If you love the vibe and enjoy your cocktails, stick around for some roast Kipfler potatoes with smoked tomato aioli or chicken and chorizo skewers.

Second Stop – Bistro Alegria

Brisbane Tapas And Drinks

Image credit: Bistro Alegria

Located in the inner-suburb of Milton, Alegria’s menu stays true to the traditional flavours and taste sensations of rustic Mediterranean cooking.

Alegria is founded on a rich tradition of the powerful but elegant purity of Mediterranean fusion cuisine. Thier menu features the rustic influence of Spanish, Greek, Italian, and French culture, and changes seasonally.

This is certainly a more traditional venue for tapas. You will be taken to the Mediterranean as soon as you walk in the door.

Two dishes on their current menu I would definitely recommend are the pork, pea and potato croquettes and the octopus with chorizo, paprika and caramelised cauliflower. Both of these pair well with prosecco, but if prosecco doesn’t float your boat, the staff will be more than happy to find something else more to your liking.

Third Stop – Public

Brisbane Tapas And Drinks

Image credit: The Weekend Edition

The innovative modern Australian share plates and creative cocktails at Public make it a great last stop for a tapas adventure with a really Australian twist.

Perched in a glass box, Public is part kitchen, part bar,  and part New York loft. Again, some menu items will be available year round, while others will change seasonally to reflect their commitment to utilising fresh local ingredients.

One dish that is always on the menu and for good reason is their KFD. Kentucky Fried Duck with corn and lime. This dish is always a favourite with our guests. Another great dish is the brisket with chipotle and Oaxaca. Why not get a couple of sides to complete the meal like salt ‘n’ vinegar fries and Iceberg with green goddess dressing and you’ve got a delicious meal to devour.

As they have both a great wine and cocktail list, I’d recommend having some wine with your food and capping off your evening with a yummy cocktail like ‘A Parting Gift.’

With six different dishes, cocktails and wine you’re sure to have a great evening!

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