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Pear it up with these summer cocktails

Crunchy, green sweetness with a subtle tang – there’s something special that singles the Williams pear out from other pears when it comes to the art of crafting summery cocktails.

Also known as Poire Williams, these pears are commonly grown in the alpine regions of Switzerland, France, Germany and Austria – all places that love to turn this fascinating fruit into delicious schnapps. 

It’s often eaten straight from the tree or baked into traditional desserts such as the pear clafoutis and poached pears with cream, but it is most famously consumed as an eau-de-vie – or as we like to call it, the pear william schnapps.

Here in Australia’s alpine region of the Snowy Mountains, our pear william schnapps is made from the finest, orchard grown Williams pears. They’re the not-so-secret ingredient that gives this beloved schnapps a juicy, sweet, and fragrant bite.

Serving a nip of this delectable liquid alongside a nutty and fruit inspired cheese platter is a blissful pairing. But do read on if you’d like to discover more delectable pear combinations to have within reach on those sweltering summer afternoons.


Pear of Coconuts Mojito

Nothing sings summer more than a refreshing mojito (except, maybe this twist on the Cuban classic).

With notes of coconut, zingy lime, and our aromatic pear william schnapps – this cocktail will quickly become your poolside favourite!

Ingredients:

30mL wildbrumby pear william schnapps
30mL coconut water
lime
soda water

Method:

Muddle 2 wedges of lime in a highball glass before adding coconut water and our pear william schnapps. Then, top with ice and soda water. 

Hold off on that sprig of mint – you’ll want to garnish this bubbly, summery treat with a fan of pear slices!


Green Pear Mar-tea-ni

With sweet and earthy-green notes, you’ll want to keep this recipe pinned for year-round use. Plus, it’s batchable – and you know how much we love a pre-batched cocktail!

Ingredients:

45mL wildbrumby classic gin
45mL wildbrumby pear william schnapps
30mL cooled green tea

Method:

For this fragrant green tea and pear twist on the classic martini, we’re sticking with an easy 1:1 ratio. That’s 45mL of our wildbrumby classic gin and 45mL of our pear william schnapps. 

Uh, where is the green tea? You’re asking.

Here’s the genius part. Stirring down a cocktail in ice adds around 25 – 30% of cool, refreshing water. As well as keeping the temperature down, this helps to open up subtle flavours within the spirit. 

But adding tea to the mix from here will definitely leave the final product feeling watery and unbalanced. 

Thankfully there’s an easy fix – and it just so happens to make this cocktail perfect for batching. 

If you’re making this delicious treat for yourself, add 45mL of wildbrumby classic gin and 45mL of pear william schnapps to a sealable jar. Then brew your favourite green tea and once cooled, add 30mL to the jar. 

Pop it in the freezer and in half an hour you’ll have a perfectly balanced and chilled, Green Pear Martini.

Want to batch this cocktail for a BBQ with friends? Use an empty and clean wine bottle, and times the volume by your number of guests. When you’re ready to serve, pour 120mL into chilled martini glasses and garnish with slices of pear.

You can even batch the night before!


Pear William Fizz

After fancy without the fuss? We’ve got you covered. This drink dials up luscious fruit and vanilla notes without going overboard on alcohol volume.

Serve it with a spoon for a sweet pear treat waiting at the bottom of your glass!

Ingredients:

45mL wildbrumby pear william schnapps
soda water
vanillin sugar
pear

Method:

Chop half a pear into cubes and toss in a sprinkle of vanillin sugar. Fill 1/3 of a tumbler glass with the cubed pears and top with ice. Pour in our wildbrumby pear william schnapps and stir till ingredients are mixed. Top with soda water.

Now all you need is a little umbrella to match those summery fruit vibes.


Merry Peary

This low-fuss collaboration of pear schnapps, vodka and sparkling pear cider is a celebration of summer’s sweetest harvest.

This makes for great sipping on those balmy summer evenings when sunbeams stretch right across the sky.

Ingredients:

45 mL Pear Schnapps
20 mL Vodka
120 mL Sparkling pear cider

Method:

This fruity favourite couldn’t be more simple. Add all the ingredients above to a long glass half filled with ice and then garnish with a slice of pear.


The Village

This complex layering of sweet and sour is a perfect pairing of summertime flavours in a deceptively simple cocktail. The blend of flavours is bursting with colour and style which makes it perfect for those spontaneous get togethers when friends or family drop by at short notice (hence the name!).

Ingredients:

45 mL Pear William Schnapps
30 mL Wildbrumby Classic Gin
15 mL Lime Juice
60 mL Cranberry Juice

Method:

Add all ingredients to a cocktail mixer. Stir over ice until very cold then pour into a chilled Martini glass and garnish with a lime wedge.

You can purchase our wildbrumby pear william schnapps here.

Why mango is our summer cocktail hero

Mangoes are the summertime fruit that can be enjoyed any time of the day.

From jazzing up morning cereal bowls to elevating the humble pavlova and making salads exciting, mangoes are everywhere at this time of year and they go in just about everything. So, of course we had to make a mango schnapps!

Selecting the highest quality mangoes is only the start of our mango schnapps making process. The fruit is fermented at our alpine distillery before being distilled and bottled in our signature frosted bottles.

At wildbrumby distillery, we’re proud to make exceptional schnapps. And with this schnapps it’s like we’ve captured the summer sunshine and bottled it for your enjoyment.

Our wildbrumby mango schnapps has a bright aroma and embodies the true tastes of tropical, summer mangoes – yum!

It is perfect for poolside parties, served neat or on ice in the summer heat, but did you know there’s so much more you can do with this schnapps?

No matter what time of the day you like to enjoy your mangoes, it just so happens we have a boozy recipe for every occasion… brunch, dinner and dessert!

 


Mango Mimosa
Brunch isn’t complete without a glass of bubbly sunshine. We’re talking about the mimosa.
Our wildbrumby mango schnapps takes this brunch-time favourite and adds a splash of summertime fun. Think tropical fruit and a whole lot of buzz.

Ingredients:
30mL wildbrumby mango schnapps
60mL wildbrumby brut
freshly squeezed orange Juice

Method:
Pour wildbrumby mango schnapps into a champagne flute or coupe glass. Angling the flute on a 45-degree angle to allow mixing, fill to the halfway mark with wildbrumby brut. Top with freshly squeezed orange juice and garnish with a slice of mango.


Mango Gin Fizz

Mango, meet your new best friend!

Our wildbrumby classic gin is a citrus-forward, mountain pepper berry kissed spirit — a perfect accompaniment to the refreshing notes of our wildbrumby mango schnapps. Save this bubbly treat for a day of poolside relaxation. Or serve it at your next dinner party – your friends will think you hired a professional bartender.

Ingredients:
40mL wildbrumby mango schnapps
20mL wildbrumby classic gin
15mL fresh lemon juice
soda water
(Blend in a splash of pureed mango for an even fruitier cocktail!)

Method:
Place ice, wildbrumby mango schnapps, wildbrumby classic gin and lemon juice in a bar shaker and shake thoroughly. You’ll be able to tell it’s ready when frost forms on the outside of your bar shaker tin.

Strain contents into a highball glass over ice and top with soda water.

No bar shaker at home? Simply build your drink directly into your highball glass with ice and stir thoroughly before topping with soda water.

Garnish with a cocktail skewer of mango cubes and a sprig of mint.

Shop here for our wildbrumby classic gin*

… And the kind of boozy treat that requires a spoon?


Mango on Mango Sorbet

It can’t get much better than sorbet on a warm summer night. Right? Unless that sorbet has wildbrumby schnapps in it – and you bet ours does!

This sorbet recipe is mango, mango, mango. And it’s so simple to make.

All you need is a blender, plenty of our wildbrumby mango schnapps (available here*) and a good excuse to show off your sorbet making skills to your friends.

Serves 2

Ingredients:
100mL wildbrumby mango schnapps
2 fresh mangoes
lime juice

Method:
Skin and pit your mangoes before blitzing them in a blender. Incorporate our wildbrumby mango schnapps and a squeeze of lime juice with the mangoes. Blitz again till contents are smooth.
Pour the mixture into ice cubes and freeze for at least 5 hours. Transfer sorbet cubes into a wide wine glass when ready.

Garnish with a slice of mango and serve with a spoon. For a boozier treat, top with 20mL of our wildbrumby mango schnapps – Delish!

*wildbrumby seasonal products are available from our online shop or distillery door for limited periods only.

Get luscious with limoncello

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Simple, sophisticated, and full of zest! This scrumptious, schnappy take on an old Italian favourite is bursting with lemon and just loves to be paired with something cold and carbonated.

Steeped in the history of Southern Italy, each family would perfect their own unique limoncello recipe to serve up to esteemed guests as a digestif.

Wildbrumby’s own recipe was inspired by a trip to Naples, with perfectly sweet citrus notes from the zest of locally-sourced lemons.

If you’re already a fan of our limoncello, you might be familiar with our two favourite ways to serve this warm weather treat: on the rocks or as a limoncello & soda. 

But with flowers in full bloom and a beach somewhere calling your name – who would want to limit themselves with just ice and soda water? 

Our wildbrumby limoncello is the perfect ingredient to bring out your cocktail creativity. And we’re here to show you how to use it.

So here are four zesty drinks to help you celebrate spring and summer in style!


Limoncello Passion Spritz

40mL wildbrumby limoncello
20mL passionfruit pulp
wildbrumby brut (dry sparkling wine)
soda water

The Limoncello Passion Spritz is best enjoyed under full sun with good music on full blast! (And, hopefully, with a few friends… even if it’s just over zoom).

You can build this cocktail straight into your glass – no bar shakers and no clean-up afterward. First, add our wildbrumby limoncello and the passionfruit pulp to a large wine glass. Top with 90mL of wildbrumby brut and a splash of soda water. 

Lastly, fill your glass to the brim with ice. Want to keep your spritz flavourful till that last, golden drop? Then this is the most important step. Adding ice last ensures your spritz is evenly mixed and prevents it from diluting before it’s even served. 

Garnish your drink with a lemon wedge and a colourful paper straw for good measure!


Limoncello Meringue

60mL wildbrumby limoncello
30mL wildbrumby kosciuszko vodka
30mL fresh lemon juice
30mL aquafaba (chickpea juice)

The limoncello meringue is a sophisticated cocktail that is just bursting with lemony zest.

Mix all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake without ice for 15-20 seconds, then add ice and shake until the outside of your shaker is frosted.

Double strain into a chilled coupe glass and garnish with a lemon twist.

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Limoncello Iced Tea

60mL wildbrumby limoncello
chilled chamomile tea
honey (optional)

Lemon and chamomile tea can be comforting on a cold winter night. But have you tried it iced and boozy on a warm sunny day? Well, forget home made lemonade. This is going to be your go-to!

To make 2 servings of this liquid sunshine, you’ll need to prepare 250mL of chamomile tea. Once brewed, allow your tea to reach room temperature and then chill in the fridge for at least 15 minutes.

All chilled? Now you’re ready to build this cocktail straight into a glass. 

Fill a highball glass with ice and place two lemon wheels down the inside of your glass to garnish. Add our wildbrumby limoncello and top with chilled chamomile tea. Serve with a paper straw.

If you’re after a little extra sweetness, add a drop of honey. 


Rubus, Limoncello & Tonic

20mL wildbrumby limoncello
30mL wildbrumby rubus patch gin
tonic
lemon
raspberries

Now what would a limoncello inspired cocktail list be without a riff on the classic Gin & Tonic? 

Our wildbrumby rubus patch gin is made using organic raspberries picked straight from our distillery gardens. Pink, pretty and a little bit tart – it makes a brilliant G&T combo with our wildbrumby limoncello. And it looks delectable too!

Firstly, pack a wide, stemless glass to the brim with lemon wheels, whole raspberries and ice. Pour our rubus patch gin and wildbrumby limoncello into your glass and top with tonic water. We suggest fever tree’s refreshingly light tonic water. 

Serve your Rubus, Limoncello & Tonic with a vibrant paper straw and an extravagant cheese platter.


Lavender Limoncello Sour

30mL wildbrumby limoncello
30mL wildbrumby classic gin
20mL lavender simple syrup
20mL lemon juice
15mL aquafaba

Springtime is all about florals and vibrant flavours. Remember those lemon drop lollies you could only get at small country markets on a Sunday morning? Well, we just put together a cocktail with that exact vibe. 

To prepare your lavender simple syrup add 1 tablespoon of lavender tea, 1/3 cup of sugar and 1/3 cup of water to a small pot. Place on a low heat and stir till most of the sugar has dissolved. Once dissolved, set the pot aside to cool. Strain your sugar syrup into an airtight container. Your lavender simple syrup will keep in the fridge for up to 2 weeks – But let’s be honest, it’ll be gone quicker than that!

To make your Lavender Limoncello Sour, add all your ingredients to a bar shaker with ice and shake thoroughly. You’ll know it’s ready when you see frost forming on the outside of the shaker. Strain your cocktail into a tumbler glass over a large ice cube. Garnish with half a lemon wheel and dry petals of lavender tea.

Lemon loves lavender! But if you don’t have lavender tea handy – try this cocktail with plain simple syrup. Trust us, you’ll love it just as much.

You can purchase limoncello from our online shop here.

Apple schnapps is a bitter-sweet delight

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Apples have been used in the creation of schnapps ever since our European ancestors first came up with this wonderful, warming mountain drink, and we can confirm they make a heavenly schnapps!

Here in Australia, we are lucky to have orchards growing some of the best apples on earth – from the sweet delight of pink varieties to the sour bite of the Granny Smith.

Our pink lady apple schnapps is akin to biting into a freshly picked apple, and for many she’s the go-to option for schnapps on the rocks. But she’s also an incredibly versatile cocktail ingredient

And our sour apple schnapps? This cult classic is made with green apples and pickled lemon to ramp up those deliciously tart elements. You’ll find this lip-smacking liquid in our Sour Apple Martini, plus a few other apple-inspired, cocktail ideas below like our Sour Mojito, so read on for ideas on how to create your own schnappy taste sensation.


The Sweetest Sour

‘Sour’ isn’t our first thought when we think of our pink lady apple schnapps. But this cocktail is the perfect balance of sweet apple and citrus – so we just had to include it! Plus, we can’t get enough of that silky-sweet texture.

Whip out this recipe when you want to show off your cocktail skills to friends. Or any time you want to sit back and enjoy a great sunset with a cheese platter all to yourself.

Ingredients:

60mL wildbrumby pink lady apple schnapps
15mL aquafaba (chickpea juice)
20mL freshly squeezed lemon juice
pink lady apple

Method:

Cut up a wedge of any sweet pink apple into cubes and add to a bar shaker with lemon juice. Muddle your apple pieces till slightly squished. Add ice and all other ingredients, before shaking thoroughly. Strain into a tumbler glass over large ice cubes, and garnish with a fan of apple slices.


Sour Apple Mojito 

Refreshing, sweet and a little bit tart. This combination of our sour apple schnapps and classic gin brings a beautiful floral element to the drink. You’ll never want to make a mojito any other way again! 

It’s also a great recipe to batch and serve at parties or an afternoon barbecue. Simply multiply your ingredients by six and build the drink in a pitcher. Now all your friends have to do is pour.

Ingredients:

30mL wildbrumby classic gin
30mL wildbrumby sour apple schnapps
mint
lime
ginger ale
granny smith apple

Method:

Muddle two lime wedges and four mint leaves in a tall glass before adding our sour apple schnapps and classic gin. Fill the glass with ice and place one thinly sliced half-moon of apple and a sprig of mint down the inside of the glass. Top with ginger ale. 


Lady Bellini

You’ve likely heard of the classic Bellini. Now let us introduce the Lady Bellini! This extravagant riff on a classic celebratory cocktail is perfect for special occasions and big announcements.

And honestly – What’s better than sweet apple and bubbly?

Ingredients:

20mL wildbrumby pink lady apple schnapps
wildbrumby brut
pink lady apple

Method:

First, slip a slice of your pink lady apple into a champagne flute and add our wildbrumby pink lady apple schnapps.


Sour Apple Martini

Our biggest fans are all about this subtle, sweet and sour martini. It’s perfect for a romantic dinner for two, a classy picnic with friends or to accompany a cracking cheese board. 

And the great news is it’s simple to make – you just need the right ingredients. 

Ingredients:

60ml Sour Apple Schnapps
30ml Kosciusko Vodka
Lemon twist

Method:

Add all your schnapps and vodka to an ice-filled mixing glass and stir for 15 rotations. Strain into a chilled Martini glass and garnish with a twist of organic lemon. Double the ingredients to create a romantic cocktail experience for two.

wildbrumby opening hours

wildbrumby distillery

––DISTILLERY DOOR––
A wide range of wildbrumby schnapps, gin and vodka is available at our distillery door on site at the distillery.
Open Daily  | 10am to 5pm (6pm Fri & Sat)

––STILLHOUSE CAFE––
Serving sumptuous Austrian meals, beers and schnappy cocktails.
Thursday, Sunday and Monday  | 10am to 5pm
Friday and Saturday | 10am to 6pm (4 – 6pm Antipasti and Cocktails)
Telephone bookings are requested for lunch reservations to avoid disappointment
Please call 02 6457 1447 to ensure a booking.

––PICNIC HAMPERS––
Our wonderful selection of picnic hampers are available to pre-order for collection at the distillery.
Please order your hamper at least 24 hours prior to collection via email at info@wildbrumby.com
You can browse our full hamper range here.

––ONLINE SHOP––
Our full range of schnapps, gin and other spirits can be purchased from our online shop.
Please contact orders@wildbrumby.com if you’d like to follow up on a recent order.
Open 24/7


wildbrumby is 100% Australian made and owned

 

Have yourself a schnappy Christmas

Schnappy Christmas Tree
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We’ve got all the ingredients to add a dash of magic to your festivities this year.

Fine food and drink are the hallmarks of the silly season, and while we’ve never let a lack of snow get in the way of the great Australian Christmas, traditional mulled beverages just don’t cut it this time of the year.

For most of us, summertime celebrations are spent beside the pool or the barbie where ice-cold beer and cocktails are the stars of the show. 

So whether it’s a sparkling peach bellini, sour cherry martini, or a limited-edition pink gin & tonic that jingles your bells, we’ve got all the ingredients to make yours a magical one.

Here are four of our go-to cocktails for a schnappy, summertime Christmas.


Black Label Christmas Gin

Born through blending vibrant Christmas flavours with our award-winning Rubus Patch Gin, this is a gin you’ll wish someone would gift to you.

Our Black Label Gin has vivacious notes of festive fruits and elderflower paired with homegrown raspberries, juniper, and a trio of citrus. And like all our gins, this one is balanced with pristine alpine water and native botanicals found in our own backyard — the Snowy Mountains.

You can enjoy this lusciously pink gin over ice or with a quality tonic. But the best way to enjoy a festive fruit-forward gin? In a big glass of our Holy Hoity Toity cocktail while you lounge around in a sun-bathed beach chair. Heaven! 

Serve to your party guests or be the best gift-giver and surprise a loved one with a bottle under the Christmas tree. Just remember, you deserve one too.

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Holy Hoity Toity

Like a classic gin and tonic but with a festive twist. Our wildbrumby Black Label Gin is the centrepiece of a cocktail with all the sleigh bells and whistles. Sweet, fruity and paired perfectly with a traditional pavlova – your Christmas party guests will be coming back for seconds.

Ingredients:
30mL wildbrumby Black Label Gin
Soda Water and Lemonade (or Elderflower Tonic)
Raspberries
Cucumber
Lemon

Method:
Steep raspberries in wildbrumby Black Label Gin for at least an hour before serving. Prepare garnishes by thinly slicing lemon wheels and cucumber strips.

Add ice, garnishes, soaked raspberries and wildbrumby Black Label Gin to a large wine glass. Top with either elderflower tonic, or soda water and a splash of lemonade. Shop for Black Label Gin here.


Cherry Sour

Nothing says Christmas quite like cherries and this luscious cocktail is no exception. 

Our Cherry Sour strikes the perfect balance between the sweet and sour elements of our seasonal Sour Cherry schnapps with cherry notes from our Christmas gin adding depth to this festive favourite.

Ingredients:
60mL wildbrumby Sour Cherry schnapps
30mL wildbrumby Christmas gin 
20mL fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon wildbrumby morello cherry syrup (or make your own syrup from cherry jam)
30mL aquafaba chickpea juice (or 1 fresh egg white if preferred)

Method: 
Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker. Shake dry (without ice) for 15 seconds, then add ice and shake until cold.
Double strain into an ice filled tumbler and garnish with morello cherries.


Peach Nectar Bellini

Inspired by 15th Century paintings of pink togas and holy garments – the Bellini is sophisticated in flavour and simple to create here for extravagant celebrations!

It’s been a long 2020 and we’re all itching to ring in a better New Year. So, pop the cork on our wildbrumby Brut and get those bubbles flowing.

All you need now is good company to share the special occasion and our award-winning wildbrumby Peach Nectar Schnapps.

You can find our Bellini Pack ready-to-go here.

Ingredients:
20mL wildbrumby Peach Nectar Schnapps
wildbrumby Brut
peach

Method:
First, garnish your chilled champagne flute with a slice of fresh peach. Pour wildbrumby Peach Nectar Schnapps into your glass and top with wildbrumby Brut.

Cheers from the wildbrumby team!

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Sour Cherry Martini

What would Christmas in Australia be without buckets of rich red cherries?

Our wildbrumby Sour Cherry Schnapps is a seasonal addition to our schnapps range —providing this martini with true tart, candied cherry notes.

Give the gift of good drinks to your martini-loving friend with our Sour Cherry Martini Pack here.

Ingredients:
60mL wildbrumby Sour Cherry Schnapps
30mL wildbrumby Kosciuszko Vodka
Maraschino Cherry

Method:
Add ice, wildbrumby Sour Cherry Schnapps and wildbrumby Kosciuszko Vodka to a mixing glass and stir for 15 rotations. Strain into a chilled martini glass and serve with a single maraschino cherry.