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Home Sweet Cocktail


The beauty and complexity of the cocktail has come a long way from its humble beginnings.

Traditionally, a simple combination of spirits, sugar, water and bitters, cocktails have become an artistic expression for skilled mixologists or for others simply craving a knock-off, night cap or top up.

Whilst the shaking, stirring, muddling, mixing and fireballing is usually confined to the bar, there’s something to be said for the satisfaction of recreating the barman’s finest at home.

So, we thought we would pull out our Hawthorn Strainers and embrace the DIY approach.

We should also mention that we took complete poetic license in renaming these cocktails, less for copyright and more for our own (and hopefully your) amusement.

Parc Avenue

Parc Avenue

The Parc Avenue is the perfect way to bring a little bit of class to your Friday night. Whether it be a night alone or with friends, this is a cocktail that will impress.


Violets for garnishing (optional)

¼ cup genever

2 tablespoons crème de violette

1 tablespoon elderflower liqueur

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

The View from Above

The Vue From Above

Best suited to a warm autumn afternoon, this light and fizzy favourite is the perfect complement to the afternoon sunshine. Whether it is a simple indulgence for one, or a punch bowl for friends, this nifty little treat is always a crowd pleaser.


30ml of Cointreau

¼ cup genever

Soda water

2 teaspoons raspberry juice

Lime juice (to taste)

Flower and pegs to garnish

The Future Fiz

The Future Fritz

Feeling like something with a little less kick? This mocktail is perfect for a crisp yet subdued tipple when entertaining. The delicate flavours of elderflower and mint offering a soothing sensation from the very first sip.


1 can (333ml) chilled club soda

1 lime, washed

2 large sprigs of mint

2 tablespoons elderflower syrup

4 ice cubes

The Northern Nights

The Northern Nights

This is a cocktail that tastes as delightful as it looks.  The Northern Nights cocktail is one to appease every sweet tooth with sugary aromas and honeyed taste of borage simple syrup and the crème de voilette to delight any palate.


For syrup

1½ cups sugar

1 cup water

¼ cup borage

For cocktail

3 tablespoons gin

1 tablespoon borage simple syrup

3 slices cucumber

1 slice lemon

Soda water

1 tablespoon crème de violette

Borage and pansies to garnish

Bundoora Bliss

Bundoora Bliss

The Bundoora Bliss is a cocktail for two, the complexity of the crisp and clean taste of gin against the smooth flora overtones is a thing to love. Perfect for a quiet night, a scenic senset and special someone, this cocktail is liquid romance.


1 tablespoon Harmonie

4 teaspoons gin

1 tablespoon simple syrup

1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon

Orchid flower to garnish

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