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  1. New Christmas Cocktail Recipes & Giveaway

    The Mixer’s Manual by Dan Jones, published by Hardie Grant Books, RRP $19.95. Available online and in stores nationally.

    Happy Christmas Eve, everyone! Tonight it’s time to kick back, with a Suitably Fancy Drink in hand, and enjoy your Christmas entertainment of choice (in our house, it’s watching Carols by Candlelight. Naff but awesomely true. Bring it on, Marina Prior’s Frock-n-Hair).

    I’m delighted to have on hand two new Christmas cocktail recipes for said Suitably Fancy Drinks that are absolute crackers: a warming mulled pomegranate wine for my Northern Hemisphere readers; and a summery cherry mojito for my fellow Southern Hemisphere readers sporting rather fetching sweat mustaches (or is that only me)?

    These two recipes come from Dan Jones‘ brilliant new book, The Mixer’s Manual: The Cocktail Bible for Serious Drinkers, which you may remember was featured as one of the top presents in my Christmas Gift Guides this year.

    Summer: Cherry Mojito

    Cherry Mojito recipe from The Mixer’s Manual by Dan Jones, published by Hardie Grant Books, RRP $19.95 available online and in stores nationally.

    Use really ripe, super-tender cherries for this one, they add a sweet flavour and bloody texture to proceedings and like all good Mojitos the flavours increase the more slowly you drink.

    1. Ingredients
    4–5 ripe fresh cherries, pitted
    sprig of mint
    1 teaspoon unrefined sugar
    50 ml (2 oz) white rum
    25 ml (1 oz) lime juice, freshly squeezed
    sparkling water, to top

    2. Equipment

    3. Method
    Muddle the cherries, mint and sugar in a highball, with a little crushed ice, add the rum and lime juice, add more crushed ice and top with sparkling water.

    Winter: Mulled Pomegranate Wine

    Mulled Pomegranate Wine recipe, extracted from The Mixer’s Manual by Dan Jones, published by Hardie Grant Books, RRP $19.95 available online and in stores nationally.

    Switching out orange juice for pomegranate is a smart move – it’s the perfect basis for this rich mulled wine and the spiced rum and dash of Cointreau add the smell of pure festiveness, minus the turkey burps.

    1. Ingredients
    100 ml (4 oz) spiced rum
    25 ml (1 oz) Cointreau
    1.14 litres (38½ oz) pomegranate juice
    1 bottle (750ml/25 oz) of red wine
    2–3 whole cloves
    dash of Ginger Syrup (see page 34)
    3 cinnamon sticks
    1 blood orange, sliced
    fresh pomegranate seeds, to garnish

    2. Equipment
    Heatproof glass or cup
    Wooden spoon
    Large saucepan

    3. Method
    Add the ingredients (except the pomegranate seeds) to a large saucepan and heat gently for about 15 minutes, to allow the flavours to infuse. Stir occasionally with a wooden spoon. Serve in a heatproof glass or cup, adding the pomegranate seeds to garnish.

    This new cocktail bible is a wee ripper and a modern kitchen must-have, packed with 150 cocktail recipes covering all the classics, as well as some more modern concoctions, like the Brooklyn Dropout, Holy Water and Roach Motel. Written in Dan Jones’ inimitable wit, the book includes loads of practical tips and how-tos, accompanied by deliciously retro-inspired illustrations.

    I’m also rather sweet on this new book as the author, Dan Jones, is also my former boss and mentor at Time Out London. Yay for Dan! You can read all about his favourite London shops, restaurants and cafes in his My Secret London for Wee Birdy.


    The good folks at Hardie Grant want to give two Wee Birdy readers a copy of The Mixer’s Manual, valued at $19.95 each. To be in the running, all you need to do is leave a comment below (along with your email addressed, which won’t be published), telling me about your favourite classic cocktail.

    Entries will be judged on creativity. Entries close Wednesday 31 December at 5pm AEST. Winners will be announced and contacted by email on January 1, 2015. Competition open to all readers.

    Recipes and images extracted from The Mixer’s Manual by Dan Jones, published by Hardie Grant Books, RRP $19.95 available online and in stores nationally.
    • theredthread

      This book looks fabulous – I love the illustrations! My all time favourite cocktail is a Margarita. It’s a hands down winner every time. Shaken not frozen.

      • weebirdy

        I can’t believe it, Lisa. Margaritas are my all-time favourite, too! *shaking head*

        • theredthread

          Too funny. Margaritas it is then! Cheers!

    • Sushma P

      One of the first cocktails I ever had was Mojito. I love this highball for its refreshing and bubbly flavour.

    • Nicholas

      It may not be the coolest cocktail, but I love a Pina Colada just because it reminds me of tropical holidays.