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Our Favourite Summer Cocktails

Roundup

Summer is here, and life is GOOD! The afternoons are long, the nights are balmy, and the emails will remain unchecked for many days to come.

Also, the season of spritzs and sparkling is definitely upon us! Whether you like your drinks strong and potent, or light and fruity, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite zingy summer cocktails.

28th December, 2018

The Ginger Mule. Photograph – Eve Wilson, Styling – Lucy Feagins, Art Direction (and hand model!) – Annie Portelli, Styling Assistance – Ashley Simonetto, featuring a selection of beautiful objects kindly supplied by Tessy King, Maddie SharrockDen HolmElla Bendrups, and Top 3.

Four Pillars Gin. Photograph – Eve Wilson, Styling – Lucy Feagins, Art Direction (and hand model!) – Annie Portelli, Styling Assistance – Ashley Simonetto.

Photograph – Eve Wilson, Styling – Lucy Feagins, Art Direction (and hand model!) – Annie Portelli, Styling Assistance – Ashley Simonetto.

Lucy Feagins
Friday 28th December 2018

The Ginger Mule

This gin-based cocktail is a variation on the classic Moscow Mule, usually made with vodka. Packed with fresh mint, zesty lime and finished off with spicy ginger beer and a dash of bitters, this crisp cocktail is the perfect low-key accompaniment to a light summer salad!

Recipe here! 

 

The 78˚ Negroni. Photograph – Eve Wilson, Styling – Lucy Feagins, Art Direction (and hand model!) – Annie Portelli, Styling Assistance – Ashley Simonetto, featuring a selection of beautiful objects kindly supplied by Maddie SharrockTop 3RiedelDen Holm, and Cult .

The 78˚ Negroni

The negroni must be one of the most universally beloved cocktails! This version takes on a distinctly Australian twist, featuring the 78˚ Degrees Gin, produced by Adelaide Hills Distillery, bringing together 12 Australian native botanicals and uniquely distilled at a temperature that never exceeds 78.1˚, ensuring the preservation of delicate flavours.

Recipe here!

The Dry Gin Sour. Photograph – Eve Wilson, Styling – Lucy Feagins, Art Direction (and hand model!) – Annie Portelli, Styling Assistance – Ashley Simonetto, featuring a selection of beautiful objects kindly supplied by Anna VarendorffDen HolmElla BendrupsTop 3Cult and Hub Furniture.

The Dry Gin Sour

This lip-smacking Dry Gin Sour features Archie Rose Signature Dry Gin. Based in NSW, The Archie Rose Distilling Co. creates their distinctive handcrafted gin with native botanicals including Lemon Myrtle, Blood Lime, River Mint and Dorrigo Pepperleaf. The perfect herbal base for this classic, citrusy cocktail.

Recipe here!

The Pink Grapefruit Spritz. Photo – Eve Wilson, Styling – Nat Turnbull, Creative Direction – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files. Props kindly on loan from CultThird Drawer DownLucy Folk and Wink Optometrists.

Pink Grapefruit Spritz

If Aperol Spritzs are the A-List celebrity of the cocktail world, then this Pink Grapefruit  Spritz is the rising star: fresh, fun and a little different! Don’t underestimate this fruity cocktail – it’s the perfect sip for a summer afternoon!

Recipe here!

Spiced Cranberry Crush. Photo – Eve Wilson, Styling – Nat Turnbull, Creative Direction – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files. Props, kindly on loan from CultThird Drawer Down, Make Designed ObjectsLucy Folk and Wink OptometristsDulux paint colours – Inca Gold and Slubbed Silk

Spiced Cranberry Crush

Infused with cinnamon, star anise, vanilla bean and nutmeg, this festive cocktail has a distinctly Christmassy vibe!

Recipe here!

Chocolate dipped mandarin and blood orange segments, with a light dusting of sea salt flakes!  The perfect condiment for a luscious chocolate martini.  Recipe and food by Jade Bentley, Photo – Sean Fennessy, Styling / Production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Chocolate Martini!  Served here with  choc-dipped mandarin segments, with a light dusting of sea salt flakes. Recipe and food by Jade Bentley, Photo – Sean Fennessy, Styling / Production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Chocolate Martini

Move over espresso martini – this cocktail combines two of the very best things, chocolate and rum. The perfect partnership!

Recipe here.

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