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The spirit of summer: Our top summer cocktails for the new year

The spirit of summer: Our top summer cocktails for the new year

Australia’s long, languid summer days are made for sipping cocktails in the sun, preferably beside the pool. We’ve gathered some of our favourite spirits and mixers to add to your drinks cabinet in 2019.

Scotch meets summer

Chivas XV has been 15 years in the making, finished in Cognac casks for a final flourish. The blend unites aged malt and grain whiskies, creating a smooth, velvety spirit with flavours of poached pears and butterscotch with a hint of vanilla. It adds a smooth and fruity note to Whisky Sours and Old Fashioneds – perfect for a summery take on these warming classics.
RRP $90

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Our top pick: Chivas XV Orange Ripple Sour

  • 50ml Chivas XV
  • 25ml fresh lemon juice
  • 20ml oleo-saccharum
  • 20ml egg white

To make oleo-saccharum, add lemon, orange and lime peel to granulated sugar. Sit for 6 hours then pour off the oil. Add all ingredients into a shaker and dry shake. Add ice and shake again. Remove ice and shake again. Strain into chilled Coupe glass.

Ready to rum

Is it even a party without rum? Mount Gay dates to 1703, making it the world’s oldest rum producer and an authority on this complex spirit. Hailing from Barbados, the Mount Gay collection is a passport to Caribbean cool, without the long-haul flight. While the distillery’s 1703 Master Select is best kept for sipping, the Black Barrel blend brings a rounded spiciness to a classic tiki cocktail like a Swizzle.
RRP $67.99

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Our top pick: Mount Gay Swizzle

  • 50ml Mount Gay Black Barrel
  • 20ml lime juice
  • 10ml coconut syrup
  • 15ml Licor 43
  • 2 dashes cherry bitters
  • Crushed ice

Pour rum and Licor 43 over ice in a Collins glass. Add lime juice, coconut syrup and cherry bitters. Stir well.

Get the party started

Master of Mixes is your shortcut to Instagram-worthy drinks, from Espresso Martinis to Margaritas and fruit Daiquiris. There are 10 seasonal flavours to choose from, each one made with high-quality ingredients sourced from across the globe. Try the summer-perfect trend of frozen cocktails and alcoholic ice blocks, or turn your favourite drink into a fruit-filled punch.
RRP $12.99

Jalapeño Margarita

Our top pick: Jalapeño Margarita

  • 90ml Master of Mixes Margarita Mixer
  • 30ml tequila
  • 5 dashes hot sauce

Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass filled with ice. Shake and strain into glass filled with fresh ice.

The modern Australian whisky

Melbourne born and bred, Starward whisky distils the essence of its hometown into a distinctly Australian spirit. The Two-Fold Double Grain Whisky has been matured in red wine barrels to create a complex, balanced spirit with hints of apple and pineapple and a soft finish. Lighten up the combination of whisky and apple with an Orchard Spritz, or try a Boulevardier with coffee-infused Aperol.
RRP $65

Starward Orchard Spritz

Our top pick: Starward Orchard Spritz

  • 30ml Starward Two-Fold
  • Sparkling apple juice, to top
  • 4-5 mint leaves
  • Lemon slice and mint sprig

Add mint and whisky to a rocks glass, fill with ice and top with sparkling apple juice. Garnish with a slice of lemon and a mint sprig.

This article originally appeared in volume 32 of Signature Luxury Travel & Style magazine. To subscribe to the latest issue, click here.