Cooler days call for cool cocktails (and we sure do have them).

Feeling glum about autumn?   Well perk up immediately, because we have the season’s best drink options. Gather your friends and enjoy some of the cosier weather – together, while imbibing some of the newest flavours to tantalize your tastebuds.

Hot off the presses: Grey Goose seems about ready to take on the Gin phenomenon that’s been exploding for the last decade or so with their new flavour mixes utilising the best of Australian produce.  Grey Goose Essences are unlike some flavoured drinks where the only hint of flavour is the colour. These carefully crafted Grey Goose (or Grey Geese?) Vodka flavours are upfront and on point. They are a must for a white spirit lover, Gin fan or other.

From March – May, Australia enjoys a host of seasonal cool climate fruits, ripe for the picking. Easily enhance your cocktail creations with fresh flavours such as apple, pomegranate, strawberry and watermelon.

Summer may be over, but that doesn’t mean fruity flavours are out of style. From garnishes to ingredients, easily shake up your cooler weather cocktails with the addition of seasonal fruit. Our favourite is the Grey Goose Essences Watermelon and Basil – and we kid you not – you can taste both of those flavours without overpowering your palette

Grey Goose Essences Watermelon & Basil Blush
Ingredients:50 ml Grey Goose Essences Watermelon & Basil 

100 ml Soda
Splash of Cranberry Juice
+ Basil
+ Lime Twist

So good will make you blush!

Method: Build over cubed ice in a highball. Top with a splash of cranberry juice. Garnish with lime twist and basil. 

For another easy cocktail, try out Grey Goose Essences Strawberry & Lemongrass. With vibrant flavours on offer, all you need to do is add soda and fresh strawberries as garnish to enjoy.

Grey Goose Essences Strawberry and Lemongrass
50 ml Grey Goose Essences Strawberry & Lemongrass  
150 ml soda 
Fresh strawberry  
Lemon twist
Lemongrass (optional)

The drink taking over parties very soon

Fill a chilled glass with cubed ice and add Grey Goose Essences Strawberry & Lemongrass
Top with soda water
Then garnish with lemongrass, fresh strawberry, and a lemon twist

Grey Goose Essences are a newly released botanically-infused spirit range available in three unique and vibrant flavours: Strawberry and Lemongrass, Watermelon and Basil, as well as White Peach and Rosemary. Featuring Grey Goose’s carefully crafted vodka and the essence of real fruit picked at the peak of freshness, each flavour of Grey Goose Essences can easily be mixed with tonic or soda water, for a wonderful aperitif, picnic beverage or party night drink.  

*Grey Goose Essences is available at BWS and Dan Murphy’s nationwide at RRP $73.99 

Return of the ‘Tini

As the weather begins to dip, it’s the perfect time to try sophisticated cocktail classics from the Martini family.  This season, the ever-popular Espresso Martini will continue to shine, with simple variations used to enhance and elevate the drinking experience.

Grey Goose Espresso Martini
50ml GREY GOOSE® Vodka
30ml Single Origin Espresso
20ml Coffee Liqueur
Pinch of Salt
+ 3 coffee beans

Classic favourite with a twist

Method: Add Vodka, Espresso and Coffee Liqueur into a shaker. Shake briskly and strain into a Martini cocktail glass. Garnish with three coffee beans. For a twist add your favourite flavoured syrup, such as caramel or vanilla.

Savoury Cocktails

Finding yourself craving a savoury treat – well, you’re right on trend! This season we can expect an increase in salty and savoury cocktails. With the Martini being fashionable as of late, it will be simple variations of this classic cocktail that will make a splash.

Grey Goose Dirty Martini
40ml Grey Goose Vodka
14 ml Mediterranean Olive Brine
+2 Mediterranean Olives

Make it dirty.

Method: Pit four olives and muddle with the olive brine in the base of a Boston glass. Top with cubed ice and stir. Fine strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a pair of Mediterranean olives on a Grey Goose pick.

*Grey Goose Vodka and Grey Goose Essences is available at BWS and Dan Murphy’s nationwide at RRP$73.99

Grey Goose Vodka is distilled in the gastronomy capital of the world, France, using the traditions of the Maitre de Chai. GREY GOOSE only uses two ingredients: single-origin Picardie winter wheat and natural spring water from their natural limestone well in Gensac-La-Pallue to craft a gluten free spirit of exceptional character.

Spice up your cocktail game this autumn with a BACARDÍ Spiced, apple juice and ginger ale. The spiced rum sensation continues with Bacardi the queen of the white rum moving into the space. And for something that tastes a little like a comforting apple pie, you will love this cocktail.

BACARDÍ Spiced Apple and Ginger
50 ml BACARDÍ Spiced rum
50 ml apple juice
50 ml ginger ale
2 dashes Angostura bitters
1 lime wedges
1 apple (optional)

Grey Goose Essentials.
An apple pie take on the dark and stormy

Fill a highball glass with ice
Build all liquid ingredients into the glass, squeeze a wedge of lime and add Angostura bitters if desired
Stir to combine
Garnish with another lime wedge or apple slice

*BACARDÍ Spiced is available at BWS, Liquorland and Dan Murphy’s nationwide at RRP$55.00

Aberfeldy Gold Fashioned
50 ml Aberfeldy 12 year old
1 barspoon of local honey
2 dashes of Angostura bitters
2 dashes of orange bitters

Add the honey syrup, bitters and Aberfeldy 12 Years Old to a mixing glass, add ice and stir to dilute.
Pour into rocks glass
Cut and twist an orange zest expressing the oils over the drink and discard

 *Aberfeldy 12 year Old is available at Dan Murphy’s nationwide at RRP$88.85

About the author

Michelle hails from the UK – but grew up with big flavours and spices thanks to her Singaporean Mum. International cuisine has always been part of Michelle’s life as she explored the world in the pursuit of delicious food and wine – along with a castle or two. Michelle now lives in Sydney after a lengthy stint in Brisbane (a city dear to her heart, which she visits frequently). She is letting her nose and palette be her guide as she discovers and shares exciting and delicious dining experiences. Michelle also loves, in equal measure, fashion, sunshine and puppies.