Drinks, food

Winter cocktail recipes


We asked Clyde Ackerman of Thirst Bar Services for a couple of cocktail recipes that will keep the winter chill at bay and remind us that summer sundowners are not too far off. In the 11 years since the mobile bar service opened its doors, it has become the number one choice in the country, whether for a house party or a large event, and it's now known to specialise in bespoke cocktails such as the below (the company will even tailor-make cocktails to suit the theme of a function).

hotbutteredrum Hot Buttered Rum cocktail

Hot buttered rum


25ml cognac

25ml aged rum

25ml lemon juice

25ml honey syrup*

5 dashes Angostura Bitters

a thumbnail of salted butter

75ml boiling water


Pour all the ingredients in a mug and stir until the butter has dissolved.

Garnish with a lemon wedge and cinnamon stick.

*Make your own honey syrup by heating equal parts honey and water in a saucepan until the honey melts into the water.

blackberrytart Blackberry Tart cocktail

Blackberry tart


37,5ml Tanqueray gin

5ml Campari

25ml blackberry cordial

37,5ml orange juice

12,5 ml grapefruit juice

12,5ml elderflower cordial

2 dashes Angostura Bitters


Pour all the ingredients into a shaker, shake and strain into a tall glass filled with ice cubes.

Spoon crushed ice on top and garnish with a sprig of mint.

This post is sponsored by Thirst Bar Services.