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Low-abv cocktails you will love

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Whether you’re at a party or just kicking back on a sunny afternoon, everyone loves a cheeky cocktail or two! But sometimes a full standard drink isn’t what we’re after.

Plenty of Australians are choosing to drink less, but drink better. Whatever the reason for being alcohol-volume conscious, no one wants to suffer flavourless fizzy drinks or mocktail cordials.

This is where the low-abv cocktail (low-alcohol-by-volume) comes in.The key ingredient to all of them? Our wildbrumby schnapps of course!

We’ve put together a list of flavoursome low-abv cocktails that will keep you present for the party.


Schnapperol Spritz

5.8% abv

The Schnapperol Spritz is cocktail with a fresh, lively character that truly melds the best of both seasons, blending our wildbrumby winter negroni with the deep citrus notes of Fever Tree blood orange soda. It’s ideal for those moments when you’re soaking up the spring sun surrounded by good company.

Ingredients:

60mL Wildbrumby Negroni
200mL Fever Tree Blood Orange Soda

Method: Fill a big wineglass with lots of ice, add Negroni. Top up with Fever Tree Blood orange soda and garnish with a slice of orange and/or blood orange and star anise.

You can find our wildbrumby schnapperol spritz pack here.

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Pear William Fizz

5.0% abv

What goes better with our wildbrumby pear william schnapps, than more real pears!? Pears are the perfect addition to this classy yet simple cocktail. 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 your glass!

Ingredients:
45mL wildbrumby pear william schnapps
120mL Soda Water
Vanillin Sugar
Half a Pear

Method: Chop half a pear into small cubes and toss in a sprinkle of vanillin sugar. Fill 1/3 of tumbler glass with the cubed pears and ice. Pour in wildbrumby pear william schnapps and stir. Top with soda water and serve with a spoon on the side.

If you’re after a higher abv cocktail, add 30ml wildbrumby classic gin to the pear william fizz before topping with soda water.

You can find our wildbrumby pear william here.

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Donner & Blitz

5.2% abv

We can’t finish this list without including an old-time favourite – our devil’s tongue schnapps and ginger beer combination.

Enjoy this bitey drink after a long day on the slopes or as a summer afternoon refreshment. It is truly a year-round drink.

Ingredients:

60mL wildbrumby devil’s tongue schnapps
150mL Ginger Beer

Method:

Pour wildbrumby devil’s tongue schnapps into a tumbler glass over ice. Top with ginger beer and garnish with a sprig of mint.

You can find our wildbrumby devil’s tongue here.

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Negroni Americano

5.8% abv

The Americano, an original low-abv drink, is made with sweet vermouth, Italian bitters and soda water.

Sound familiar? The negroni was invented when Count Negroni swapped out the soda water in his Americano for gin making the drink a little boozier. Our Negroni Americano combines the best of both cocktails – a bit of our schnapps-forward wildbrumby Negroni and soda water. Bellissima!

Ingredients:
wildbrumby Negroni 45mL
Soda Water 140mL

Method: Add ice and wildbrumby negroni to a wine glass. Fill with soda water and garnish with dried orange slices or an orange wedge.

You can find our wildbrumby negroni here.

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Peachy Tea

4.6% abv

Fancy sipping on a peachy tea on a sunny afternoon? We do too. Our award-winning peach nectar schnapps pairs perfectly with the citrusy notes of earl grey tea. You’ll never want an iced tea served any other way.

Ingredients:

45mL wildbrumby peach nectar schnapps 45mL
Peaches in Syrup (15mL syrup, 2 peach slices)
130mL Iced Earl Grey Tea

Method:

Prepare your iced earl grey tea by brewing 60mL of earl grey tea. Transfer the teabag and tea into a bottle of cool water and place in fridge till thoroughly mixed and chilled.

Build your cocktail by adding wildbrumby peach nectar schnapps, peach syrup, iced earl grey tea and ice to a tall glass. Mix with a bar spoon and garnish with 2 slices of peach.

You can find our wildbrumby peach nectar here.

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The spirit of winter is Baked Apple Schnapps

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Imagine a deliciously warming, mountain schnapps that blends the sweet spirit of Australian pink lady apples with traditional wintery spices spices; cinnamon, cloves and star anise.

Distilled in ‘Florence’ our small batch pot still, Baked Apple Schnapps is a sumptuous fireside tipple only available in winter that makes delicious cocktails (read on) and now ranks as of our most anticipated seasonal schnapps.

Blending blissfully with award-winning wildbrumby gin for a wintery martini, it is also the inspiration behind our winter Negroni, which combines Baked Apple Schnapps with our classic gin and a dash of homemade Italian bitters.

Schnapps is native to the European Alps, where the winters are too cold for traditional wine production. The word ‘schnapps’ is derived from a German noun that means to ‘swallow’ — hence it was traditionally served a little glass and consumed immediately. In Europe it is also commonplace to have a ‘shot’ between each round of beer.

Made from the fermented fruit that grows in these regions, schnapps is traditionally dry and high in alcohol (40%).

Wildbrumby’s range of premium schnapps follows the traditional 40%, but our 15 years experience of schnapps distilling in the Australian Snowies has taught us that local palates prefer an easy-drinking liqueur-style schnapps of around 18% alcohol volume.

This is sweeter and more fruity than our premium schnapps range, so we call it liqueur schnapps and it is made from the highest-quality fermented fruit in our region. Our philosophy has always been to source the very best of everything, from fruit and spices, to our pure, pH-balanced alpine spring water.

How do you drink schnapps? All schnapps can be served chilled and consumed neat or over ice, but its unique flavour profile also makes it an ideal addition to wintery cocktails such as the Faceplant and the Negroni. However you choose to serve it up, this schnapps is most certainly one to sip and savour with friends and family around the fire on a cold winter’s day.

Check out our favourite baked apple cocktail recipes:

Baked Apple | Faceplant

Faceplant 

The Faceplant serves up the sweet spirit of home-grown Pink Lady apples, cinnamon, cloves and star anise, with a velvet layer of whipped cream on top.

Ingredients:
25 ml wildbrumby Baked Apple Schnapps
Whipped cream
Cinnamon

Method: Warm Baked Apple Schnapps gently in the microwave for 10-15 seconds in a shot glass. Top with whipped cream and add a light dusting of cinnamon.


Baked Apple Delight

Ingredients:
60 ml Wildbrumby Baked apple schnapps
30 ml Kosciusko vodka
30 ml apple juice
30 ml cream

Method: Add all ingredients to an ice filled cocktail shaker and shake till cold. Double strain into chilled martini glass and garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon.


Winter Negroni

You can order a ready-made bottle of from the wildbrumby shop, but you can also create your own version.

Ingredients:
Baked Apple Schnapps
wildbrumby gin
Bitters
Orange slice

Method: Blend Baked Apple Schnapps with your favourite gin (to taste), add a dash of bitters, and serve in a lowball glass with ice and a slice of orange to garnish.


Baked Apple Sour

Ingredients:
60 ml Wildbrumby Baked apple schnapps
30 ml Kosciusko Vodka
20 ml fresh lemon juice
1 egg white (or 30 ml aquafaba (chickpea juice)

Method: Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker, shake dry (without ice) for 15 seconds then add ice and shake until cold.
Double strain onto ice filled tumbler, garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon.


Warming cocktails to make this winter

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Here at wildbrumby, wintertime is our favourite season!

Roaring fireplaces, snow angels, ski slopes and snowflakes – the world is a little more magical at this time of the year. Ok, maybe winter looks a bit different to you. But we think you’ll agree that this season isn’t complete without a mug of hot gluhwein or a steamy winter warmer. So, to toast the winter, we’re sharing a few must-try winter cocktail recipes so you can re-create the spirit of the Snowies in your own home.

Here’s a hot tip… The secret to any warm cocktail is to pre-heat your mug or heat resistant glass. To do this, pour hot water straight from the kettle into your vessel of choice and allow the heat to warm it up. Just remember to discard the hot water before serving your cocktail. Now, get creating the perfect Après treat! ____________________________________________________________________________________

Glühwein

You can’t make a list of must-try winter cocktails without mentioning the king of all winter warmers. Glühwein is a warm, wine-based drink enjoyed throughout western Europe during wintertime, mulled with a delicious blend of wintery spices. The literal translation in German is ‘glow-wine’, and that is exactly what this drink does. One sip and you’ll be glowing with warmth from head to toe.

How to make it:

All the hard work is done for you with this fusion of spiced wine and pink lady apple schnapps. Simply pour a bottle of our wildbrumby Glühwein into a pot. Add a cinnamon stick, star anise, orange slices and heat on a stovetop. Make sure to heat the liquid without bringing it to the boil. Once warm, serve into 4 pre-heated mugs and garnish each with a slice of orange and a cinnamon stick. ____________________________________________________________________________________

Negroni Tea

Possibly the simplest cocktail on our list is the Negroni Tea. Our wildbrumby Negroni is an expert blend of our award-winning classic gin, our seasonal baked apple schnapps, and a dash of homemade Italian bitters. It’s all there in the bottle. Ready for you to enjoy over ice with a slice of orange. Imbued with vibrant spices, there is only one thing that could make this cocktail more perfect for winter – give it a hot twist!

Ingredients: 120mL Rooibos Tea 60mL wildbrumby Negroni

How to make it: Add boiled water and rooibos tea to a teapot and brew for 4 – 5 minutes. For one serve, pour 120mL of rooibos tea into a pre-heated mug and top with 60mL of wildbrumby Negroni. Rooibos tea combined with our wildbrumby Negroni is vibrant in colour and has a berry, spice-filled scent that will awaken your senses all by itself. ____________________________________________________________________________________

Liquid Apple-Butterscotch Pie

What’s better than apple pie? How about an apple pie with butterscotch… in liquid form! That is exactly what this drink is. Delicious toffee notes from our signature wildbrumby Butterscotch Schnapps matched with cinnamon spice and apple sweetness. You’ll want a second serving of this drink. Better still, it is low in alcohol volume. So, you can enjoy a little bit more after a long day on the slopes.

Ingredients: 400mL Cinnamon Tea 400mL Sparkling Apple Juice 200mL wildbrumby Butterscotch Schnapps

How to make it: Make the Cinnamon Tea by placing 2 cinnamon sticks and 2 cups water into a pot. Bring to boil and allow the tea to simmer over low heat for 10 minutes. At the same time, heat 2 cups of Sparkling Apple Juice in a separate pot over the stove and bring to the boil. Once your cinnamon tea and sparkling apple juice are heated, add 100mL of each to a pre-heated mug and top with 50mL wildbrumby Butterscotch Schnapps. Repeat this step to achieve four serves and garnish each mug with a cinnamon stick. ____________________________________________________________________________________

Faceplant Baked Apple | FaceplantThe best kind of Faceplant you’ll have all day! Baked Apple Schnapps brings home the sweet spirit of home-grown pink lady apples, cinnamon, cloves and star anise — and a velvet layer of whipped cream on top will soon melt away all memories of any snow-related mishaps.

Ingredients: Baked Apple Schnapps Whipped cream Cinnamon

How to make it: Warm 25 ml Wildbrumby Baked Apple Schnapps gently in the Microwave for 10-15 seconds in a shot glass. Top with whipped cream and add a light dusting of cinnamon. Sip and savour with friends, preferably in front of a roaring fire. ____________________________________________________________________________________

Schnapperol Spritz Here’s a cooler alternative for when you’re sitting in the sun, surrounded by friends and spring snow.

Ingredients: 50 ml Wildbrumby Negroni Fever Tree Blood Orange Soda

How to make it: Fill a big wineglass with lots of ice, add Negroni. Top up with Fever Tree Blood orange soda and garnish with a slice of orange and/or blood orange and star anise. Stay warm this winter, and don’t forget that all wildbrumby ingredients are available online or at our distillery door.

Four devilish cocktails to warm your soul

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Sweet and sinful with just the right amount of sting – our wildbrumby devil’s tongue schnapps is the brilliant combination of habanero chili and pink lady apples.

This schnapps has converted chilli rejecters, and inspired new flavour possibilities in the minds of life-long chilli lovers.

On days where all four seasons want to make an appearance, chilli would have to be the perfect ingredient to play with in cocktails. It’s soul warming against a cool breeze, and vibrantly zing-y under a glowing sun. You can enjoy these cocktails hot or iced – and to top it off, the flavour combinations are almost endless.

New to the chilli trend or a diehard chaser of chilli heat? We have a cocktail for you.

Here are four of our favourite chilli-inspired cocktails using our wildbrumby devil’s tongue. You’ve been warned: this schnapps has bite!

To bring these cocktails to life, you can purchase our wildbrumby devil’s tongue schnapps here.

Strawberry Sting

Chilli and strawberry are the surprising pair that yo
u won’t be able to get enough of! Especially when summer wants to say ‘hello’ in late autumn – or when friends spontaneously pop around with a devilish cheese platter.

Ingredients:
30mL wildbrumby devil’s tongue
30mL strawberry syrup
soda water
punnet of strawberries

How to make it:

To make your strawberry simple syrup, quarter 5 strawberries before mashing in a small pot. Add 100g white sugar and 120mL water to the pot. Bring to a simmer and stir till the sugar has dissolved before taking it off the heat. Once the mixture has cooled and taken on a reddish-pink colour, strain the contents into a small jug.

Now that you have your strawberry syrup – it’s go time! Pour wildbrumby devil’s tongue schnapps and your strawberry syrup into an ice filled glass. Top with soda water and garnish with halved strawberries.

This recipe will make 6 servings. Bottomless Strawberry Stings anyone?

 

Donner & Blitz

Long-time fans of our wildbrumby devil’s tongue will flaunt this cocktail as one of their favourite ways to drink the spicy-sweet schnapps – and with one sip you can see why.

The Donner & Blitz cocktail, meaning thunder and lightning in German, has all the punch of habanero chilli backed up by a ginger ale zing. Better still, it’s easy to make!

Ingredients:
30mL wildbrumby devil’s tongue
ginger beer
sprig of mint to garnish

How to make it:

Simply pour our wildbrumby devil’s tongue schnapps into a tall, ice filled glass. Top with ginger ale and garnish with a sprig of mint.

If you’re a diehard chilli lover and looking for a bit more heat, try this recipe with 60mL wildbrumby devil’s tongue.


Dreamy Devil

This is a classy martini-style cocktail that can be enjoyed any time of the year – and there are endless variations at your fingertips if you like to play around with ingredients. But if you are a lover of chilli and chocolate, then this is most certainly the devilish treat for you.

Ingredients:
30mL wildbrumby devil’s tongue
30mL chocolate simple syrup
30mL thickened cream
20mL kosciuszko vodka
dark chocolate to garnish

How to make it:

Making your chocolate simple syrup is easier than you might think. In a small, pourable cup add 60mL of hot water from the kettle to 2 tablespoons of dark chocolate drinking powder. Stir till your mixture is free from chocolate clumps before adding 50g of white sugar. Continue to stir until the sugar has dissolved and allow the mixture to cool.

Once you have your chocolate simple syrup ready to go, combine all ingredients in an ice filled bar shaker. Shake thoroughly and serve in a chilled martini coup. Garnish with dark chocolate shavings.


Chilli Hot Chocolate

Ingredients:
30mL wildbrumby devil’s tongue
hot chocolate
marshmallows

Speaking of chilli and chocolate… have you tried our wildbrumby devil’s tongue schnapps in a hot chocolate?

We love serving this cold weather treat to our distillery guests – it’s a true soul warmer. Whilst we’re not going to share all our secrets, here is how you can make your version of our chilli hot chocolate at home.

Make yourself a piping-hot mug of hot chocolate using your favourite method. Just before serving add 30mL of our wildbrumby devil’s tongue schnapps to your mug. Don’t forget the marshmallows.

How to make a truly magical martini

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The martini is a prince among cocktails, oozing style and panache in every sip.

But for a drink that has endured so long through the ages, it remains stubbornly difficult to master.

Many will tell you the secret to mixing a great martini comes down to selecting the right ingredients and then balancing them perfectly. But there are a few other factors you need to consider when embarking on this fascinating journey.

So what exactly is a martini?

At the most simplistic level, it is a cocktail made from a blend of gin and vermouth, and then garnished with an olive or lemon twist. But this description doesn’t do it nearly enough justice.

Because this cocktail does not feature mixers, its contents must comprise good quality gin or vodka, and dry vermouth (though some recipes ask for sweet vermouth). Other important additions are bitters and (of course) your choice of garnish.

Large, pure and fresh ice cubes are also a must, so use filtered water in your tray and make them just ahead of time (allowing time to freeze, of course).

Now for the tricky bit, how to master a martini?

If you asked 100 martini enthusiasts you would probably get 100 different methods; dry, wet, dirty, stirred, shaken and so on.

So, to keep things simple, we’ll go with the method we’ve perfected here at the wildbrumby distillery.

First things first, ensure everything is chilled ahead of time, including your mixing glass, the martini glass, and all of your ingredients.

Then you can fill your mixing glass with lots of ice (big blocks work best), and drain any water before adding your gin and vermouth.

We use 6 parts gin/vodka and 1 part dry vermouth, and then a couple of dashes of bitter (orange bitter comes to mind).

Stir your drink for 15 turns to get it as cold as possible, (and add a little bit of water from the melting ice), then strain it into your chilled martini glass and garnish with your preferred garnish — our favourites are a green olive or a little twist of an organic lemon.

And then all that is left is to sit back, relax and enjoy your drink, preferably within 15-20 minutes while it is still icy cold.

Want to play with the ingredients?

For those who like to experiment a bit with different ingredients, there are a few ground rules you may like to consider.

While gin is generally the star of the martini show, not every gin will work in this cocktail.

There really is no place to hide in a martini because you won’t be adding tonic water or fruit juice, so it has to be of exceptional quality.

We recommend you stick with a good quality ‘London Dry’ style gin, which tends to lead on juniper and spice. A fruity gin, like a pink gin or sloe-gin just won’t cut it.

Vodka is sometimes used as an alternative to gin, and once again, quality is the watchword — so invest in a good one.

Now to the vermouth. Thankfully, there is a growing range of these available in Australia. Still, you want something that compliments the gin rather than overwhelms it and ideally, you would start with white vermouth.

Some recipes suggest you rinse the martini glass with vermouth and then tip the excess away. But rather than wasting it, we suggest you just use a little less. Someone put their time and passion into making it, so let’s be respectful.

The bitter is a crucial ingredient that elevates the martini with an extra layer of complexity, but it should only ever be used in moderation.

If you can’t find an orange bitter (which we recommend) then it is fine to roll with the more traditional Angostura bitters.

When it comes to the garnish, this really depends on your taste.

A green olive is a safe and traditional choice and we suggest you use the unstuffed variety stored in brine, not oil.

For those who would rather dodge the olive, a twist of organic lemon or orange is lovely, especially if you prefer a bit of zest.

A small sprig of rosemary or thyme are also good contenders, and a Gibson Martini asks for a cocktail onion.  So just play around and find out what works best for you and your choice of ingredients.

Shaken not stirred

Ian Fleming didn’t do us any favours when he decided James Bond would take his dry martini shaken, not stirred — given that most martinis are best when stirred, not shaken!

And if you consider the Vesper recipe we associate with Bond (3 parts gin, 1 part vodka and 1/2 part Kina Lillet) then it is understandable given that shaking a drink breaks the ice into smaller pieces, watering down his rather potent mix.

But we still maintain that most martinis will benefit from a more mellow touch.

For the same reason we don’t generally shake our martini, nor do we use small, mass-produced ice cubes. You really want to fill your mixing glass with larger ice cubes to chill your ingredients when you stir it with just enough melted water to make the drink softer.

Should you drink it dry, wet or dirty?

Wet and dry martinis have exactly the same ingredients, what varies are the quantities. So, as a rule of thumb, the more vermouth in a martini, the wetter it gets.

For a dirty martini, you add a touch of the olive brine to give it a more distinct flavour. We’ve also been known to add some spent botanicals (from our gin still) to the brine for additional layers of complexity.

Now you know the ground rules for making the world’s most famous cocktail it is time to start experimenting for yourself. Here are some of our favourite recipes to get you started.

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Sour Apple Martini

60ml Sour Apple Schnapps

30ml Kosciusko Vodka

Lemon twist

Add all your schnapps and vodka to an ice-filled mixing glass and stir until very cold. Strain into a chilled Martini glass and garnish with a twist of organic lemon.

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Alpine Vesper

30ml Classic Gin

30ml Kosciusko Vodka

30ml Apricot Schnapps

Add gin, vodka and schnapps to an ice-filled cocktail shaker (I know earlier I said we don’t shake our martini but trust me on this one) and shake until cold, double strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with an orange twist.

(Courtesy of Philip Jones aka The Martini Whisperer)

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Sour Cherry Martini

60ml Sour Cherry Schnapps (available seasonally)

30ml Kosciusko Vodka

Two dashes Morello Bitters

One cherry

Add your schnapps and vodka to an ice-filled mixing glass and stir until very cold. Strain into a chilled Martini glass and garnish with a fresh cherry.

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Espresso Martini

45ml Coffee Liqueur (available seasonally)

30ml Kosciusko Vodka

One double shot Espresso

Coffee Beans to garnish

Add all your ingredients into an ice-filled cocktail shaker and shake until very cold, double strain through a fine sieve to get the silky finish on the top and garnish with a few coffee beans.

Enjoy!

Four fantastic raspberry cocktails

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It’s raspberry season and that means two things. Picnics with friends in the autumn sun and blushing pink glasses filled with schnappy, raspberry cocktails.

Our seasonal wildbrumby raspberry schnapps is sweet, tart and a little bit sassy. This vibrant berry has a knack for bringing excitement to any drink. Which is why we keep an organically grown raspberry patch mere steps from our distillery door (watch the video below).

Each raspberry from our patch is plucked by hand in their prime from a ripe maroon harvest and turned into one of two things: our famous rubus patch gin, or — our scrumptious wildbrumby raspberry schnapps!

Filled to the brim with juicy raspberries, this schnapps is perfect to sip on straight alongside a chocolate rich dessert or a selection of flavourful cheeses.

But, if we caught your attention at ‘blushing pink glasses filled with schnappy, raspberry cocktails’, we’ve got you covered. Here are four raspberry crazed cocktails you’ll want to try out and share with friends — or maybe just keep for yourself.

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Raspberry Collins
Our Raspberry Collins recipe is a velvety, bubbly treat that boasts notes of vibrant berry and tart lemon. This is your no-fuss cocktail addition to an afternoon of friends and fruit forward cheese platters.

Ingredients:

30mL wildbrumby raspberry schnapps
15mL lemon juice
15mL simple (sugar) syrup
soda water

Add our wildbrumby raspberry schnapps, lemon juice and simple syrup into an ice-filled bar shaker. Shake thoroughly till the outside of your bar shaker is evenly frosted. Strain over ice into a highball glass and top with soda water.

No bar shaker at home? Here’s an alternative recipe:

Fill a tall glass to the brim with ice. Then, add 45mL of our wildbrumby raspberry schnapps, 15mL lemon juice and top with soda water.

Voila! You have a refreshing and Instagram-worthy drink in hand — thanks to the blushing hue of our raspberry schnapps.

But even a photogenic drink looks better with a twist of lemon. To put this garnish together you’ll need one lemon and a vegetable peeler. Begin by creating a large peel over the equator of the lemon.

Make the job easier by placing a finger on the start of your peel and continue till your peel stretches halfway around your lemon. Softly pinch the peel lengthways over your glass, yellow side out.

This will cover your drink with a zesty burst of lemon and be an aromatic compliment to those sweet raspberry notes. For an eye-catching pop of colour, twist the peel and place across the top of your glass.

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Clover Club
Elegant, foamy and oh so tasty. The Clover Club has long been a drink associated with decadence and showmanship. Both our raspberry forward rubus patch gin and raspberry schnapps come together to create the ultimate pink drink.

Watch as this freshly shaken drink turns from a cloud of white to an exuberant pink in your glass!

If you’ve got a flashy easter event planned this is the drink your guests will be talking about for days after.

Ingredients:

45mL wildbrumby raspberry schnapps
60mL wildbrumby rubus patch gin
20mL lemon juice
30mL chickpea Juice

Add all ingredients to an ice filled bar shaker. Shake thoroughly and strain into a chilled martini coup. Garnish with three raspberries on a cocktail pick or put your new lemon twist skills to good use.

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Razzamatazz Gin Fizz
If you’re here for pink bubbly sips enjoyed whilst dancing in the afternoon sun — look no further! This picnic party drink is aptly named the razzmatazz gin fizz for its glitzy raspberry notes and a tart grapefruit bite.

Ingredients:
30mL wildbrumby raspberry schnapps
30mL wildbrumby classic gin
30mL grapefruit juice
soda water

Begin by filling a bar shaker with ice before adding all ingredients excluding the soda water. Shake thoroughly till the outside of your bar shaker is evenly frosted. Strain over ice into a highball glass and top with soda water.

Garnish with a half wheel of grapefruit and two fresh raspberries.

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Madame Rouge
One sip of this boozy, raspberry milkshake and you’ll be wanting to serve it with a side of fresh scones.

The Madam Rouge is also a perfect dessert cocktail. So, leave the ice-cream in the fridge, pick up your bar shaker and show off your cocktail making skills!

Ingredients:
45mL wildbrumby raspberry schnapps
30mL wildbrumby rubus patch gin
30mL cream
2 teaspoons raspberry jam

Add all ingredients to your ice-filled bar shaker. Shake till thoroughly chilled and strain over ice into a short tumbler glass. Garnish with two fresh raspberries.

And Enjoy!

Why mango is our summer cocktail hero

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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.

Mango SchnappsAt 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!

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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:

-wildbrumby mango schnapps 30mL
-wildbrumby brut 60mL
-freshly squeezed orange Juice

Method:
Pour wildbrumby mango schnapps into a champagne flute. 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.

You can find our seasonal wildbrumby mango schnapps here*.

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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:

-wildbrumby mango schnapps 40mL
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wildbrumby classic gin 20mL
-fresh lemon juice 15mL
-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.

Our wildbrumby classic gin is available here* and our seasonal wildbrumby mango schnapps can be found here.

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

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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:
-wildbrumby mango schnapps 100mL
-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.

Have yourself a schnappy gin-filled Christmas

Schnappy Christmas Tree

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

Let’s raise a glass to Christmas 2020. It’s been one heck of a ride getting here, but like a true Christmas miracle, this festive season looks set to deliver the fun-filled celebrations we’ve been dreaming of all 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.

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.

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:
wildbrumby Black Label Gin 30ml
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.

Can’t get enough of our Festive Cocktails?
Neither can we.
Here are two more of our go-to cocktails for summer. Whether you’re celebrating Christmas with family or cheering farewell to 2020 (FINALLY!) these cocktails are fruity, easy to make and sure to impress party guests.

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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:
wildbrumby Sour Cherry Schnapps 60mL
wildbrumby Kosciuszko Vodka 30mL
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.

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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:
wildbrumby Peach Nectar Schnapps 20mL
wildbrumby Brut

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!

Dandelion & Honey schnapps is in full bloom

Angry-Bee-cocktail

Wildflowers are in bloom, the sun is out, and the mountains are singing for adventure. 

Spring has sprung and we’re celebrating with a floral, herbaceous and honey-sweet treat – our Dandelion & Honey schnapps.

Incorporating wild, handpicked dandelion flowers and local alpine honey with a base of our Pink Lady Apple schnapps. This is a seasonal schnapps made to be savoured for as long as our dandelions are in bloom.

You may be asking yourself, why dandelion? This vibrant yellow flower is highly aromatic and known as one of the most common edible flowers. In teas and drinks, dandelion gives off a rich herbaceous and floral flavour often served alongside honey and lemon.

Local alpine honey is a key ingredient in our Dandelion & Honey schnapps too. As bees busily venture from plant to plant, the taste of the snowy mountains in spring is collected into each drop of their gorgeous golden honey.

For us, the vibrant notes of wildflowers and local alpine honey are the true flavours of spring. So, where does the idea of floral schnapps come from?

Herbs and flowers, like dandelion, have a long history in liquor creation. Particularly in Western Europe where many traditional alcoholic beverages consumed in springtime, and beyond, are herbal liqueurs and aromatised fortified wines.

Today, you’re bound to come across plenty of cocktails celebrating springtime with herbaceous and floral flavours.

Here’s how we like to drink it:

Our Dandelion & Honey schnapps is delectable served neat or over ice. You can also try it as a boilermaker with your favourite lager after a long mountain bike ride or enjoy it in a simple cocktail like our Dandelion Highball. What better way to celebrate spring than with a floral and honey forward refresher?

How to make the Dandelion Highball (aka Angry Bee):

Ingredients:
wildbrumby Dandelion & Honey schnapps 60mL
Fresh Lemon Juice 15mL
Soda Water
An edible flower

Method:
Fill a highball glass with ice and pour in our wildbrumby Dandelion & Honey schnapps and fresh lemon juice. Stir in ingredients and top with high-quality soda water.

Want to make this drink extra special? First, add ice to your highball glass and fill it halfway with soda water. To a cocktail shaker, add ice, fresh lemon juice, our wildbrumby Dandelion & Honey schnapps and shake well.

Using the cocktail shaker will thoroughly mix these ingredients and creates a soft texture that tastes phenomenal and is sure to impress your friends.

Strain the contents of your cocktail shaker into your highball glass and top with extra soda water if needed. Garnish with your favourite edible flower – our pick is the dandelion, of course!

 

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

Craft the perfect Bellini at home

wildbrumby-bellini

You’ve likely enjoyed a Bellini before. Maybe you swapped out a mimosa for one over brunch or enjoyed a few as a summertime aperitif.

But, do you know the history of this near century-old drink?

Sometime between 1934 and 1948, a Venetian Bar owner named Giuseppe Cipriani created the Bellini cocktail – a bubbly peach drink that would be celebrated for decades to come.

Originally, the Bellini cocktail was made with prosecco and peach puree or peach nectar. It’s a combination that creates a stunning pink hue.

The drink’s colour reminded Cipriani of a pink toga worn by a saint in one of Giovanni Bellini’s famous paintings. That same saintly pink colour was used often by the 15th Century artist to paint everything from togas of saints to garments worn by the virgin Mary.

The name ‘Bellini’ feels like an obvious choice for a heavenly cocktail.

In recent years the peach nectar or puree has been swapped out for quality peach schnapps. And whilst the Bellini has lost its notable pink hue, it has only improved in taste!

Wildbrumby peach schnapps is made from peaches grown in the Australian Southern Alps and has received multiple gold awards for keeping true to that delicious, real peach taste. There is no wonder it’s the perfect addition to a cocktail of divine proportions.

How to perfect the Bellini:

Ingredients:
wildbrumby peach schnapps
wildbrumby brut
One peach (preferably a white peach)

Method:
We begin with the garnish. I know what you’re thinking. ‘But aren’t garnishes supposed to add a bit of decoration at the END of a cocktail?’

Well, this drink is a little different.

The Bellini cocktail is all about showcasing that fresh peach flavour and the garnish is no exception. First, take a fresh peach and slice out a thin wedge. Keeping the skin on for texture, place the peach wedge into a chilled champagne flute.

If you can get your hands on them, use a white peach. They stay sweeter for longer and add a bit of flair to your glass.

Now, it’s time to add your cocktail ingredients to the champagne flute. For one serving you will need 20mL of wildbrumby Peach Schnapps and 130mL of wildbrumby Brut.

After garnishing your chilled champagne flute with a fresh slice of peach add 20mL of wildbrumby Peach Schnapps. Then, angle the champagne flute on a 45-degree angle and slowly fill the glass with wildbrumby Brut.

Make sure to keep the lip of your wildbrumby Brut bottle close to the champagne flute and straighten the glass as it fills. This will help control bubbles and the brut and schnapps will mix evenly.

Ta da! Your bubbly peach treat is ready to be served.

Why use wildbrumby Brut?

Cipriani’s original Bellini cocktail recipe called for Prosecco. So why do we use wildbrumby Brut?

Well, Brut is actually a type of Prosecco.

It is dryer and less sweet than other types of prosecco or sparkling wine. This makes it the perfect choice in bubbles for the Bellini cocktail for two reasons. Brut doesn’t overpower the drink with sweetness.

Most importantly, the real peach notes that our wildbrumby Peach Schnapps is loved for will remain centre stage till the very last drop.

Get your hands on the wildbrumby Bellini Pack here and put your Bellini creating expertise to use!

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