What to drink this winter | The Gourmand & Gourmet

What to drink this winter

If Dry July has left you parched as a Roman scroll, chances are you spent the month feeling an odd mixture of utter smugness, quickly replaced by utter self-loathing, and then rounded out with utter boredom (Friday nights just aren’t the same, ok?).

Whether you’re a self-confessed tonic tippler, liquor lover, cocktail connoisseur, or gin junkie, we’ve curated a list of the season’s must-sip specials, new releases, and revamped classics to wholeheartedly embrace when you return to freedom on August 1.  

Drifter Coffee Stout | Fonzie Abbott 

Tall, dark, and handsome. And no, we aren’t describing our ideal man (although if he’s reading this, hellooooo). Swipe right and slide into the Drifter Coffee Stout, a drink so deliciously rich it can bench press more than us. For real. Described as an ‘espresso martini beer’, this Irish stout boasts harmonious notes of espresso and dark chocolate, making it perfect for those who love their beers dark and those who think they don’t.  

New cocktails | Boom Boom Room 

We aren’t ones to condone double parking, but we do when it’s with Boom Boom Room’s new winter cocktails. In fact, we encourage it. Evoking cool sophistication and effortless opulence, you’ll be feeling tres vogue as you relax in this stealthy, moodily lit, underground bar. Inspired by the bygone eras of blues, soul and jazz, enjoy inventive musical-style cocktails such as the Amy Winehouse-inspired Rehab cocktail and Frank Sinatra’s I Get a kick out of you spicy refreshment.   

Rumour has it the cocktail masterminds at this cosy joint are busy shakin’ up a cocktail storm in the form of Tasmanian butter vodka and strawberry gin…the result? A cheeky cream tea scone flavoured delight. Pinkies up, we’ll cheers to that. 

Special hot chocolates | Goldfinch  

Still riding the Dry July wagon? No need to go into hibernation and miss out on alllll the fun. It’s getting hot, hot, hot (chocolate) at Goldfinch this month as they prepare three seriously mouthwatering hot choc creations. Buckle up (or prepare to unbuckle) and taste each of their slightly fancy and entirely delicious treats. Our pic? We’re frothin’ over their peanut butter and caramel version decked out with whipped cream and Reese’s Pieces. Waistlines, beware. Dentists, forgive us.  

Bloody Shiraz Gin | Four Pillars 

If gin was rain, we’d order a blizzard. Literally. And if you haven’t heard of the Bloody Shiraz Gin, it’s high time to get acquainted, so let us introduce you.  

Inspired by the vino experts of the Yarra Valley, the Australian distillery Four Pillars had the absolute gin-ius idea to combine their rare dry gin with some of the best shiraz grapes found in the Land Down Under. The result? Bloody Shiraz Gin. Packing a serious punch at 37.8% alcohol by volume, this bad boy sold out in what seemed like seconds, so you’ll just have to sample at your favourite gin bar.

 Fire and Ice | Sixteen Antlers 

Step aside Nelly, it’s getting hot in here at Sixteen Antlers.  

Although boasting panoramic views of Brisbane city it’s really their Frozen Flame cocktail that will catch your eye (and steal your heart). If you love a good tipple and a whole lotta pizzazz, then you’re in luck: combining vodka, Cointreau, vanilla, lemonade, coconut shavings, and topped with a flaming lime, this impressive drink is obnoxiously OTT in the best possible way, perfect for any #insta moment. How OTT is it you ask? Let’s just say if cocktails attended the 2019 Met Gala this one would rival Lady Gaga’s entrance. ‘Nuff said, drink up.  

 Winter Colada | Stokehouse Q 

You know how it goes: when life gives you lemons, swap them for pineapple and make piña coladas.  

If you like piña coladas and getting caught in South Brisbane, then you’ll be positively stoked with this decadent twist on the much-loved summery classic. Aptly dubbed the Winter Colada by its creators at Stokehouse Q, this indulgent creation swaps out the fresh, golden nectar for sugary caramelised pineapple, rounded off with Bulleit Frontier bourbon, coconut cream, toasted coconut and chocolate bitters. Take one sip and you’ll be singing the Pina Colada song all night long. Hawaiian shirts, where you at?  

It’s been grand Dry July, but pass me my rosé.  

Words by Jane Bartley
- the gourmand still looking for someone tall, dark and handsome.