Canberra’s bar scene is experiencing a rebirth after the lockdown.
Now is the perfect time for the holiday season – and how could you say no to an after work drink or a sunset cocktail at a favorite local venue or new to the scene?
While the best way to spread the Christmas cheer is to sing it out loud so everyone can hear it, having a cocktail in your hand certainly helps. Whether you like to stay cheeky or cool, here are our 12 best finds for Christmas cocktails in the capital.
Beirut Bar: Elf-nog
Like eggnog, only better! The combination of rum, ginger, and cognac cream creates the perfect adults-only sweet treat that’s sure to spark your Christmas spirit.
Edgar’s Inn: Summer Spritzs
To suit a Southern Hemisphere Christmas, Edgar’s Inn has launched a new seasonal spritz menu for the month of December.
Perfect for evening drinks, the range includes (left to right) “Jack to the Future”, “Tommy’s Marg Spritz”, “The Forecast” and “Sloe but Schnappy”, all varying from vodka, tequila, rum bases. or gin to suit all tastes.
High Jinks: The Focker
Described as the cocktail designed to “take you through heated family discussions about politics, conspiracy theories, omicron and crypto”, “The Focker” contains Four Pillars Christmas Gin, Poor Toms Imbroglio, Maraschino , pomegranate and pineapple.
It’s smooth, sweet, punchy, and just a little bit wild.
Armada outdoor bar: The Rascal and the Spices
When it’s time for Santa and his elves to hang out, Naughty and Spice at Armada Outdoor Bar is their go-to.
Equal parts of Grand Marnier, Spiced Rum, and Wild Brumby Butterscotch Schnapps are tossed over ice with fresh orange juice, then finished with a rim of cinnamon sugar. It seems particularly effective in making someone happy and bright …
Public bar: Aperol Spritz
In recent years, the Manuka Public Bar has become the must-see place for Christmas Eve. While their Christmas Eve cocktail special has yet to be revealed, for the month of December, the local favorite is offering a $ 10 special for all Aperol Spritzes.
To just continue the festivities, January is set at a $ 10 margin. So make your Southsiders reservations, we’re sure to find you there.
The howling moon: let it snow
Could raspberry infused vodka, ginger syrup, lemon juice and cream topped with 100s and 1000s sound more festive?
The Howling Moon Rooftop Bar is currently running a variety of December specials alongside this ‘Let it Snow’ star. ‘Mr’s Claus’ Spritz’ and ‘The Very Cherry Christmas’ are made with gin and for those who prefer something lighter, fresher and fruity.
No doubt these Chrissy cocktails will leave you screaming with joy.
Su lazy: Spritzmas
Available every day until the arrival of Santa Claus, Lazy Su is organizing a very happy “Spritzmas” for everyone. The limited-time menu includes an assortment of Spritzes, designed by their own bartenders.
With “Merry Berry Christmas”, “Peach Fizz”, “Watermelon Wonderland”, “Lychee Lover” and “Bloody Christmas”, the range is perfect to accompany a year-end dinner or just on its own.
Molly Bar: Birth of Cool
Molly’s star cocktail for December is guaranteed to get rid of all the scoogs around.
The exotic combination of Cuban rum, crème de cacao, Fernet-Branca, demerara, coffee and fresh mint brings a tangy touch to traditional Christmas flavors. The ‘Birth of Cool’ is sure to refresh, excite and energize you for any social night ahead.
Queenies: The Marilyn Monroe
Queenies at Kingston has a new cocktail on its menu just in time for holiday drinks. “Marilyn Monroe” combines Hayman sloe gin, rosemary, lemon, prosecco and orange bitters.
The Special is light and refreshing, perfect for a summer evening or between hearty Christmas meals!
White Rabbit Cocktail Room: Christmas tea
White Rabbit’s annual Christmas Tipsy Tea is back for the month of December. Whether it’s for a year-end closing, meeting up with friends, or something to do with visiting relatives, Tipsy Tea is suitable for everyone.
Customers can feast on a wide range of savory bites and gourmet desserts, as well as some signature White Rabbit cocktails. The cocktail room is also offering take-out gin gift boxes this year, which they will even deliver to your loved one!
Bar Rochford: Faded Moon
Over the next few weeks, Liv Kelly, manager and extraordinary bartender at Bar Rochford, presents her entry for the @drinksworld 25 best cocktails, exclusively at Bar Rochford.
Using Australian mulberry, green chartreuse, scotch, ginger and shiso, the ‘Moon Swoon’ is not a riff. Just an original sip of cold stone, shaken and served on a single rock. Get in quick, you don’t want to miss this one.
Walt and Burley: Eggnog Martini and Xmas-hattan
Although you are sitting with a view of the sunset at the corner of the Kingston Foreshore, after trying Walt and Burley’s new Christmas specials, you might hear sleigh bells in the snow.
The ‘Eggnog Martini’ is a sweet blend of caramel underground vodka, Bailey’s, eggnog and nutmeg. For something lighter, they also offer the ‘Xmas-hattan’ made with Tennessee whiskey, sweet vermouth, bitter mint and cherry.