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Recipe: The Grinch Christmas Cocktail

It's green, spicy and will give you a Christmas kick.

Cauldron Distillery Christmas Grinch Cocktail using Limited Edition Christmas Gin (image supplied)
Cauldron Distillery Christmas Grinch Cocktail using Limited Edition Christmas Gin (image supplied)

The Grinch is a fictional character created by Dr. Seuss. He is best known as the main character of the 1957 children’s book How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Grinch is depicted as a green, pot-bellied, furry, pear-shaped, snub-nosed creature with a cat-like face and cynical personality.

The Grinch cocktail is Cauldron Distillery’s take on a bit of Christmas fun; it’s green, spicy and will give you a Christmas kick.

Cauldron Distillery Limited Edition Christmas Gin (image supplied)
Cauldron Distillery Limited Edition Christmas Gin (image supplied)


  • 45ml Cauldron Distillery Limited Release Christmas Gin
  • 4-5 slices of fresh cucumber, seeds removed
  • 30ml Sugar syrup
  • 30ml Lemon juice
  • 60ml lychee Puree
  • 1 small candy cane
  • *(optional 15ml of egg whites for the perfect foam)

1. In the bottom of a cocktail shaker (or using a blender), muddle the cucumber slices until liquid

2. Half-fill the shaker with ice and add the rest of the ingredients.

3. Place the top on the cocktail shaker and shake well until well combined.

4. Strain into a coupe glass and garnish with a candy cane hanging over the side of the glass.

Recipe provided by Cauldron Distillery.

Cauldron Distillery Limited Edition Christmas Gin (image supplied)
Cauldron Distillery Limited Edition Christmas Gin (image supplied)

Cauldron Distillery’s success is anything but pot luck

Selection of gins, Cauldron Distillery (Image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)
Selection of gins, Cauldron Distillery (Image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)

Distilleries of any sort hold a special place in our hearts, but none more so than the ever-popular gin variety. And speaking of variety, the award-winner we’re about to unpack has a show-stopping selection of gins guaranteed to please, irrespective of your persuasion. If you’re into sweet summery flavours, you’re sorted. If you’re more of a savoury gal or guy, come right this way. But it’s not just the refreshments worthy of a nod here. In fact, what’s not nod-worthy about this place?! Because frankly, every element deserves a shiny gold star (or five, according to Google Reviews).

We know you’re intrigued and wishing we’d get to the point already so without further ado, we present….Cauldron Distillery on picturesque Tamborine Mountain.

Cauldron Distillery (Image: 2022 Inside Gold Coast)
Cauldron Distillery (Image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)

This 18-acre working distillery is the darling of the Scenic Rim, cooked up by three savvy spirit-loving blokes, Darren Stewart, Greg Dower, and Glen Stewart. Featuring an established vineyard, lush rolling green meadows you’ll want to, well, roll in when you’re 4 (or 6) gins deep, and even the Al Capone ORIGINAL Parlour Dining Room and Chairs (yep, now that’s gangster, do we hear along the literal grapevine there’s a speakeasy bar to come?) – what’s not to love about this little slice of heaven?

Overall, Cauldron boasts a Prohibition-style space with of course, a generous gin and cocktail bar, and we are officially impressed. It’s not all just about gin and unique Queensland-inspired craft beverages though, with Head Chef Chris Woodberry serving up mouth-watering Modern Australian tapas with native ingredients. His signature dish Five To Five Coastal Gin Infused Salmon proves that when it comes to gin, more is more.

When paired with the award-winning gins on a Gin Tasting Paddle with Sunset Gin, Mountain Gin, Costal Gin and True Blue Gin, you become acutely aware why this place and its stock is a hit with critics, locals and everyone in between.

Gin Tasting Paddle, Cauldron Distillery (Image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)
Gin Tasting Paddle, Cauldron Distillery (Image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)

This place really does offer it all though. You can book a distillery tour, a gin and salsa night, pottery workshop, or even sign up for Sip N Paint class with local artist Erin Geeves. Looking to take your interactive class to the next level? Take a gin-making class and whip up your very own brew on a 1955 classic Jaguar table (cool much?!).

Or, keep it simple with a BYO picnic rug amongst the vineyards, partaking in complimentary lawn games if you so desire. And the garnish on the gin cocktail – you can even BYO pooch!

With indoor and outdoor dining capacity for 200 people, a 4×6 metre stage for live entertainment and spectacular Instagramable photo backdrops at every turn, its perf for your upcoming event or nuptials. But seriously, you had us when they mentioned you can design your own cocktail and OMG, is there actually anything better in the history of history? Well maybe, because we also hear there’s a make your own Bloody Mary cocktail bar to come too! Bring on the bacon.

Gin making classes setup, Cauldron Distillery (Image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)
Gin making classes setup, Cauldron Distillery (Image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)

If you know you know. And if you didn’t, now you do. Bottoms up!

Where: Cauldron Distillery, 89-123 Hartley Rd, Tamborine Mountain
When: 12pm – 5pm Wednesday & Thursday; 10am – 7pm Friday & Saturday and 10am – 5pm Sunday. Closed Monday & Tuesday.

Words by Bianca Trathen.

11 of the best local gin cocktails

Granddad Jacks' Seymour Street via @shark4chipdrink
Granddad Jacks' Seymour Street via @shark4chipdrink

On June 13th each year we raise a glass to World Gin Day and the spirit that has certainly had its come up over the last little while. The Gold Coast boasts our very own gin distillery plus a host of bars making magic with local gins. All of which you won’t be surprised to learn we’re big fans of.

In honour of that, here are the best spots to get your gin fix on the Gold Coast this World Gin Day (or anyday for that matter). Happy sipping.

Tamborine Mountain Distillery
Tucked away on Mount Tamborine is one of Australia’s smallest and most unique distilleries with over 280 International Awards. Their gold medal award winning gin is the Lilly Pilly Gin, a pot still gin using botanicals such as Australian Lilly Pilly (Riberry), Juniper, Angelica root, Orris root, Citrus peel, Caraway, Coriander, Aniseed Myrtle, Elderflower, Mistletoe, Passionflower, Shepherd’s Purse and more. The best part about it, it’s got a delightful pink hue.
Where: 87-91 Beacon Road, North Tamborine

The Island Rooftop
It’s always a good time on the rooftop in Surfers Paradise, overlooking the city and with guaranteed good vibes. While all the sips are sweet, our recommendation is the Clover Leaf made with Beefeater gin, raspberry, lemon and egg white, so good.
Where: 3128 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise

Aloha Bar & Dining
How does a Saturn Juniper Uranus sound? Cool right. That’s exactly what you should order at Broady’s most colourful alleyway bar, Aloha Bar & Dining. It’s got Four Pillars gin, sloe gin, orgeat, passionfruit, lime and rosemary and it’s out of this world. The bar itself is decked out in full colour, with hidden rooms and moody, good time vibes aplenty. Follow the music down the alley and you’ll find yourself in a magical world of tiki goodness.
Where: 18 Main Place, Broadbeach

Number One and Two, Fig & Frankies
Number One and Two, Fig & Frankies

Fig & Frankies
Another delightful Broadbeach bar dedicated to exceptional sips and very good times is Fig & Frankies, also newish on the scene and also very well-loved amongst Gold Coast locals. Their cocktail list is tight and filled with delights made up of local spirits and you’ll want to try them all. Drinks are numbered rather than named and each is absolute perfection to be honest. We particularly loved Number One (aptly named) because it is made up of MAC by Brookies, clarified green apple and house lemonade and we cannot overstate tasty enough. Gather the crew and sip up a storm. 
Where: 4/2707 Gold Coast Highway, Broadbeach

Roosevelt Lounge
A must-visit cocktail bar in Broadbeach, Roosevelt Lounge is one of the city’s sexiest spots for a cocktail, capturing the seductive style and glamour of decadent New York. For World Gin Day try the Down the Rabbit Hole Signature Cocktail made up of Ink gin, in-house chimmer liqueur (pink moscato, pisco, peach & orange blossom), blueberry vinegar, citric acid and life of cha crystal tea. Delightfully served in a tea pot, this cocktail is an Instagram dream.
Where: 75 Surf Parade, Broadbeach

Granddad Jacks
The Gold Coast’s first gin distillery Granddad Jacks are, quite obviously king when it comes to gin cocktails (and gin in general). Our number one on their list is the Seymour Street with their very own Greenhouse Gin plus Eucalyptus and fresh lime juice because it’s the ultimate in Aussie-inspired freshness and it tastes top notch too. Love your work mates.
Where: 45 Lemana Lane, Miami

Rosella’s Bar
Oh Rosella’s, little love of our lives. A refined Australiana bar in the heart of Burleigh Heads, Rosella’s is bringing all Aussie eats and tipples to the very appreciative people. On a list of cocktails that will 100% improve your life (especially the Pet Nat Slushie – love you) but for the purposes of this article let’s chat about the Kylie Minogue Martini with Vickers Gin from Beenleigh Distillery no less, vodka, elderflower, verjus and pink peppercorn. It’ll have you spinning around in no time.
Where: 6/1743 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads

Kylie Minogue Martini
Kylie Minogue Martini

Lockwood Bar
Tucked away down Justin Lane behind a red velvet curtain is Lockwood Bar. They a serving up a sexy sip titled Brookie’s Aviation which fuses Brookie’s Dry Gin, lemon juice, Tempus Fugit liqueur de violette and Luxado Maraschino liqueur. Topped off with a maraschino cherry, you know it’s a goodie.
Where: Justin Lane, Burleigh Heads

An intimate little space down Palmy way is Suga, a cocktail and rum bar open until late and serving up cocktails that are quite unlike anything you’ve sipped before. On World Gin Day we recommend a Gin Lippy with Larrikin Gin, citrus syrup, housemade lemonade and a whole lots of tastiness. A very tasty tipple indeed. Pop on in for a few of those this weekend.
Where: 1142 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach

The Collective Palm Beach
The Rooftop Bar at The Collective Palm Beach is a gin-lovers paradise with beloved gin-based cocktails including the Rose Hip Martini with Poor Toms Gin, hibiscus syrup, lime and grapefruit and the Unnamed Sympathy served Tiki-style with macadamia-infused Nobel Cut Gin, Bushfire Botanic Australis Gin and pine-lime allspice. Both of which are tried and tested by us and both of which are really very delicious.
Where: 1128 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach

Saint Helen’s Kitchen + Bar
If sipping cocktails seaside is your thing (and we know it is), you’ll love Saint Helens Kitchen + Bar signature slurp The Gin Thruster. It’s got gin, blueberry and tonic. It’s bright, refreshing and super Insta-worthy – if it lasts that long.
Where: Shop 2/78 Musgrave Street, Kirra

Words by Kirra Smith

Recipe: Cut Rum Smoke Storm Cocktail

Cut Rum Smoke Storm Cocktail (image supplied)
Cut Rum Smoke Storm Cocktail (image supplied)

World Cocktail Day exists for a reason my friends, and this year it’s on Friday the 13th of May – so get around it by delving into this epic rum recipe from Cut Rum that’s as smooth as a butter and as smokey as your last camping trip. Whether you’re a rum drinker or not, this little number is sure to satisfy.


  • Ginger beer
  • 2 parts aromatic bitters
  • Lime wedge


  1. Pour CUT RUM into a tall glass with ice.
  2. Top up with ginger beer
  3. Add parts of aromatic bitters
  4. Stir and serve with lime wedge to garnish.



Drink responsibly. 18+ only.

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