Brisbane’s best winter cocktails | The Gourmand & Gourmet

Brisbane’s best winter cocktails

When winter hits, your regular iced latte order tends to morph into a steamy cappuccino that you cuddle in a desperate attempt to warm your freezing hands, while you think about how much you’d rather be in bed. There’s nothing to say that the same thing shouldn’t happen in the evening, when your usual drink of choice would normally come coated in condensation. Don’t let the thought of icy mojitos send you running to an early bedtime, not when there’s steamy beverages like these winter cocktails ready to take the edge off! Press Club | Fortitude Valley Is it dessert? Is it a cocktail? No, it’s a gloriously warm blend of both! The Toffee Apple Treacle is a sweet and sticky blend of rum, white cacao liqueur, Dom Benedictine, apple glaze, whiskey barrel bitters and best of all, butter, served blazed for extra warm and fuzzy feels. Stoke Bar | South Bank Brisbane might be a far cry from the Swiss Alps, but that doesn’t mean we can’t drink like we’re on a snowy mountainside. Stoke Bar’s winter sip Stolen Dance will definitely take you there, with brandy, chestnut liqueur and steamed milk topped with a dusting of milk chocolate and served with extra chocolate pieces. Cowch | South Bank An apple a day keeps the doctor away, right? So Cowch’s Warm Apple Pie in a glass can substitute for our flu shot this year? We hope so, because we’ll be sipping this warming mix of spiced rum, maple syrup, green apple juice and a cinnamon cookie by the fire all winter long. Soleil Pool Bar | South Bank Rooftop pools and winter may not usually go hand and hand, but Soleil Pool Bar makes it work. They’ve concocted the Spiced Pirate, a blend of hot lime and spice infused tea, spiced rum and vanilla syrup. Just don’t drink so many you fall in the pool. winter cocktail bars brisbane canvasCanvas | Woolloongabba Some Like it Hot – and those people should get to Canvas for their tasty winter concoction that manages to taste like a boozy Cherry Ripe. Mixing rum, chocolate and sweet Vermouth, it comes warm (so warm it’s on fire, actually), it’s the ultimate cure for winter blues. The Apo | Fortitude Valley If spirits just isn’t enough to get you excited for a night out when the temp goes below 10C, how about spirits AND coffee? The Apo’s pineapple and cardomom Irish coffee mixes a healthy portion of Irish whisky and palm sugar with rich coffee, topped off with pineapple and cardomom infused cream. Regatta | Toowong Hot chocolate not warming your cockles as much as you’d like? The Regatta’s version sure will, with the sneaky addition of spiced rum and cacao liqueur to hot chocolate milk, topped off with a toasted marshmallow and chocolate dust. Ahmet’s | South Bank Want to go on a magic carpet ride? A few of Ahmet’s Turkish Nightcaps might just have you thinking you’re flying, with dark rum, maple syrup, condensed milk and fresh milk served warm and topped with cinnamon with baklava on the side. Riverbar | CBD Don’t be scared away by their riverside location, Riverbar has come up with a boozy concoction that will chase any chill away – the Penicillin. Whiskey, ginger, honey and lemon will have your winter sniffles shaking in their boots. statler   Hoo Ha Bar | South Brisbane Taking inspiration from the currently warm and summery US of A, Hoo Ha Bar are whipping up a fruity tea that you certainly wouldn’t serve before lunch. The Happyland, Oklahoma with gin, apricot liqueur, grapefruit bitters and green tea, served in a teapot with hot water and a slice of lemon, will have you singing ‘I’m a little teapot’ before you know it. Kerbside | Fortitude Valley Got a sweet tooth? Unleash it on Kerbside’s Gentleman’s Mocha, with bourbon, vanilla and chocolate all blended together to create a mocha you’ll wish you could start your Monday mornings with. Atticus Finch | Paddington What’s better than hot chocolate? Boozy hot chocolate! Atticus Finch’s Drunken White Hot Chocolate is all the dessert you’ll need after a few of their bar bites on a Saturday afternoon. Get out of your flannies, leave the blanket at home and make winter bearable. And incredibly boozy. Words by Ranyhyn Akui