6 winning cocktails to make this Melbourne Cup

The Lynchberg Lemonade. Photo: Kerrie O’Callaghan/ Supplied.

Tomorrow is Melbourne Cup, and for most Australians that means betting and booze.

To help celebrate, online alcohol marketplace BoozeBud, and mixologist Fred Siggins from Pith & Vinegar have teamed up to create some signature Melbourne Cup cocktails.

Whether you’re planning on hosting a DIY cocktail party or an office celebration, here are their winning combinations.

1. Cameron’s Kick

This drink is inspired by number six contender Scottish, who’s actually from Ireland. A twist on the refreshing classic made with a combination of Irish and Scotch whiskies, our version uses a combination of Irish single grain and single malt, with a bit of thyme for a fresh Highland kick.

  • 40ml Hyde 1916 Single Grain Irish Whiskey
  • 20ml Hyde 10yo Sherry Cask Irish Single Malt Whiskey
  • 15ml fresh lime juice
  • 15ml orgeat syrup

Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker and shake hard with ice.

Strain through a fine strainer into a cocktail glass and garnish with a sprig of fresh thyme.

2. Bondi Beach

We reckon this pony could sip lattes with with the best of them, so get your Bondi Hipster on with some fair trade, organic quinoa vodka in this summer fun cooler.

  • 45ml FAIR Quinoa Vodka
  • 15ml FAIR goji berry liqueur
  • 15ml fresh lime juice
  • 4 cubes of fresh watermelon
  • Capi cranberry soda to top
  • Fresh mint to garnish

In a highball glass, muddle the chunks of watermelon.

Add the other ingredients except the cranberry soda, half fill the glass with ice and stir to incorporate.

Fill the rest of the glass with ice, top with cranberry soda and garnish with fresh mint.

3. Lynchburg Lemonade

Horse number 8 is called Almoonqith and hales from the grand ol’ US of A, so what better drink to cheer him on than an American classic made with our very own Melbourne Moonshine?

  • 45ml Melbourne Moonshine Sweet Tea
  • 15ml Warenghem Distillery Triple Sec
  • 15ml Fresh lemon juice
  • Lemonade to top
  • Orange wedge to garnish

Add all ingredients to a highball glass, fill with ice, stir and garnish with an orange wedge.

4. Heartbreak City

What a name for a horse, or a drink! This filly hails from France, the scene of many a heartbreak we’re sure. Sooth the pain of lost love with this slightly bitter aperitif-style cocktail based on French apple brandy.

  • 40ml Warenghem Distillery Apple Brandy
  • 20ml Adelaide Hills Distillery Bitter Orange Liqueur
  • 20ml Maidenii Sweet Vermouth
  • Orange peel and fresh rosemary to garnish

Add all ingredients to a tumbler, fill with ice, stir and garnish with a twist of orange peel and a sprig of fresh rosemary.

5. Jameka-me-crazy

With a name like Jameka, this horse definitely needs a drink made with Jamaican rum. And being Australian, we’ve gotta throw some Aussie ginger beer in there for a tropical riff on the Dark & Stormy.

  • 45ml Appleton Estate 12yo Jamaican Rum
  • 15ml fresh lime juice
  • Pulp from one passionfruit
  • 15ml honey water*
  • Capi Spicy Ginger Beer to top
  • Passionfruit husk to garnish

In a highball glass, add all ingredients, fill with ice, top with ginger beer and stir.

Garnish with half the husk of the passion fruit you just scooped, placed upside down on top of the glass.

*To make honey water, just mix equal parts honey and boiling water and stir until it dissolves. It’s way easier to mix this into a cocktail than straight honey.

6. Hartnell Highball

Our number one contender, Hartnell, hails from merry old England, so a gin based drink is clearly the way to go.This one uses Poor Tom, one of the newest Aussie gins to hit the market, and a bit of kumquat liqueur to kick the citrus notes into a gallop.

  • 45ml Poor Tom Gin
  • 15ml FAIR kumquat liqueur
  • 15ml fresh lemon juice
  • Capi Tonic water to top
  • Fresh cucumber and lavender to garnish

Add all ingredients to a highball glass, fill with ice, top with tonic water and garnish with a long strip of cucumber and a fresh lavender flower.

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