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Independant Liquor
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Happy hour: celebrate world cocktail day

Celebrate World Cocktail Day (13 May) by whipping up one of these super simple concoctions while you stay in. G&T anyone?

Blackberry botanical gin and tonic

Recipe and image courtesy of Megann Evans for Fresh Aussie Berries.

Serves: 1

  • Ice
  • 60ml gin
  • 120ml good quality tonic
  • 1 sprig of rosemary
  • 3 fresh blackberries 

Fill a gin glass full with ice. Add gin, tonic water and then stir. Top with a sprig of rosemary. Smash 2 fresh blackberries between your fingers until the juices release, place into the glass, then top with a fresh, whole blackberry.

Passionfruit gin spritz

Recipe and image courtesy of Australian Passionfruit.

Passionfruit gin spritz.

Serves: 2

  • Ice
  • Pulp from 2 fresh passionfruit (choose plump and smooth fruit that’s heavy for its size – it will have more pulp inside)
  • 60ml gin
  • 200ml Prosecco
  • Sparkling water
  • Lemon peel twist, to garnish

Fill two large glasses with ice. Combine passionfruit pulp and gin in a small jug and stir well.

Divide gin mixture between glasses. Pour over Prosecco, top up with sparking water, and garnish with a lemon twist.


  • For a lighter cocktail, substitute a portion of the prosecco with extra sparkling water. For a sweeter cocktail, add a teaspoon of honey or sugar syrup to the passionfruit and gin.
  • If you don’t have gin on hand, you can use another clear spirit of your choice, such as vodka or pisco.

Berry-sippy sangria

Berry-sippy sangria

Recipe and image courtesy of Linen House.

  • 750ml of your favourite rosé
  • 2 cups strawberry flavoured vodka
  • 5 cups lemon-lime soda
  • ½ cup sugar (rapadura sugar, stevia and coconut sugar are all great options)
  • 20 fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced

To garnish

  • Edible flowers
  • Lime wedges

Gently stir together the rosé, vodka, sugar and half of the strawberries in a large jug. Refrigerate for up to six hours.

Add the soda and the remainder of the strawberries, stirring gently.

Serve in a tumbler or martini glass over ice, drop in an edible flower and garnish with a lime slice. Don’t forget, this drink is best served with fabulous company – on World Cocktail Day or any day!

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