Baby it’s cold outside.. finally! But rather than climbing underneath our doonas and refusing the leave the cosy cave of our apartments until September, we’ve gone in search of winter cocktails to warm us from the inside out. Brisbane’s best bartenders have brought the heat – let’s get toasty.
Mr Blacks Mr Martini | Bacchus | South Bank
Coffee, chocolate, honeycomb and whisky, stop talking dirty to us. The Espresso Martini has had an overhaul by the guys at Bacchus thanks to 12-year Islay single malt scotch whisky, Mr Blacks Cold Brew Coffee Liquor, honeycomb and Valrhona white chocolate cream. Is this what spiced coffee dreams are made of?
Apple & Quince| Savile Row | Fortitude Valley
Let the orange door peak your interest and the warm light lure you in, Savile Row’s toffee-apple-riffic Apple & Quince cocktail is a show in itself. As the ignited blue flame of Laphroaig Select Cask, Quince Apple Brandy and demerara sugar is thrown between two copper pots it incorporates a caramelised flavour into your drink. Garnished with an allspice dusted baby toffee apple, this little cutie is sure to pack a punch.
Plume | The End| West End
Chilly days are made for board games, sick tunes, silent films and delicious drinks? Ol’ West End faithful The End is heating things up with Plume: vodka, spice plum syrup, lemon and a cinnamon sugar dusting flame will see your inner pyromaniac satisfied and your senses tantalised.
Belvedere Apple Strudel | Arctic by Customs House | CBD
Spiced rum, belvedere vodka, juniper berry, cloudy apple juice, cinnamon stick and pastry cigar all in a drink? Yes please! Take a seat in the Belvedere igloss at Arctic by Customs House and it’s all yours.
Anything Butter Beer | Canvas | Woolloongabba
You had us at Butter Beer. With a tip of the sorting hat to Harry Potter, Canvas has nailed winter and a trip to Hogsmeade with butter washed Talisker, stout, sugar and pimento. Rug up and settle into the courtyard, or slide into a snuggly booth, winter is sorted!
I’d Die to Butter With You Tonight The Malecón| Milton
If a single look at the bartenders hasn’t got you all hot and bothered then their hot buttered rum will surely have you all a ‘fluster. Gunnery Spiced Rum, smoked butter, demerara and winter spices all blazed up a treat, served warm and in a campfire mug. Add live jazz on Thursdays, this is the epitome of winter drinking!
Fire & Brimstone| The Gresham (The Drawing Room) | CBD
One of Brisbane’s most well-known watering holes could hardly be left out, with Fire & Brimstone. This is a strong nod to all things Australian, with Bundaberg Small Batch Rum, Australian vermouth and a local Muscat (fortified wine) finished off with an orange flame. This drink is sure to warm the cockles while you lounge in their bar within a bar, The Drawing Room.
Canal Street Irish Coffee | The Bowery| Fortitude Valley
The classic Irish Coffee has received a mobster makeover by Ben Welsh, one of the craftsmen behind the stick at The Bowery. Jameson’s Irish Whiskey, Guinness reduction, vanilla and a whiskey cream float that will see you waving the Irish flag and bringing in the night asking for just one more… or two more… or three.
Ice Pick | Grand Central Hotel| CBD
Grand Central are refusing to hide from the icy temps and are instead embracing them with their nod to snow capped mountains – the Ice Pick. With ice-cream, Alize, Malibu and lemonade – this is not your standard winter warmer but still get you through the cooler weather!
Smoke & Fire | Seymour’s Cocktails and Oysters | Petrie Terrace
If you haven’t already been to Seymour’s, go. The cosy interiors alone scream winter haunt and enough warmth and tea candles that you will literally be purring like a little cat. Not only that but their dark rum, coffee, Brazil nut orgeat and honey spiced butter blazer is a drink not to miss..
The cold never bothered us anyway.
Words by Tess Allan – the gourmand who knows how to keep things spicy.