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Recipe: Cut Rum Smoke Storm Cocktail

Celebrate World Cocktail Day any day!

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.

Valentine’s Day Pampelle Cocktails

Pampelle Cocktails (image supplied)
Pampelle Cocktails (image supplied)

We surely can’t be the only ones who would prefer to be in the City of Love (AKA Paris) this Valentine’s Day? So in lieu of not being on the opposite side of the world, we have the next best thing for your Valentine’s Day plans… a taste of France in a bottle. Yep, you read that right. Enter your new favourite spirit, Pampelle. An aperitif crafted on the banks of the River Charente in France. Ooh la la!

And if that isn’t enough to win you over, Pampelle, is the world’s first Ruby Red Grapefruit aperitif – so say see ya later to Aperol, and hello to the ultimate taste of romance and summer in a glass! We suggest you send this link to your significant other as a heads up of what you expect to accompany your date night or save it for your Galentine’s catch-up where you plan to binge-watch Emily in Paris!

So without further ado, here are three new cocktails to enjoy this loved-up occasion.

Pampelle Cocktail (image by @elisaromeophotography)
Pampelle Cocktail (image by @elisaromeophotography)

Pampelle Spritz


  • 2 parts Pampelle
  • 3 parts Prosecco
  • 1 part Soda Water


  • Add plenty of ice to a large wine glass
  • Pour in the measured ingredients and lightly stir
  • Garnish with a wedge of Ruby Red Grapefruit
Pampelle Cocktail (image by @annaholling)
Pampelle Cocktail (image by @annaholling)

Pampelle Pink Chihuahua


  • 1 part Gin
  • 1 part Pampelle
  • Grapefruit juice
  • Salt and lime wedge for decoration


  • Add plenty of ice to a small glass
  • Separately shake the measured ingredients in cocktail mix and pour into the glass
  • Garnish the glass with salt around the rim and a line wedge for decoration
Pampelle Aperitif bottle (image supplied)
Pampelle Aperitif bottle (image supplied)

Pampelle Hemingway Daquiri


  • 2 parts Pampelle
  • 1 part White Rum
  • ½ part Maraschino liqueur
  • 1 part lime juice
  • Lime wedge for decoration


  • Pour measured ingredients into cocktail shaker and shake well
  • Pour ingredients into cocktail glass
  • Garnish with a lime wedge

Recipes courtesy of Pampelle Aperitif.

Recipe: Cucumber Jalapeño Margarita

Cointreau Cucumber Jalapeno Margarita (image supplied)
Cointreau Cucumber Jalapeno Margarita (image supplied)

How else do you celebrate Cinco De Mayo than by downing a Margi? Hell, how do you celebrate any day of the week? A Margi of course. And what better a combo than a Cucumber Jalapeño Margarita?! *Drooling* So here’s a little recipe to amp up that Cinco De Mayo party or any party for that matter! (Even those ones by yourself, on the couch, watching Netflix!)


  • 30ml Cointreau
  • 30ml Blanco Tequila
  • 30ml Fresh Lime Juice
  • 3 coins Cucumber
  • 2 slices of Jalapeño


  1. Muddle cucumber coins in a shaker.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and ice.
  3. Shake and fine strain into rocks glass over ice.
  4. Garnish with cucumber ribbon and a few jalapeño coins.



Drink responsibly. 18+ only.

Recipe: Pomegranate and lime spritzer

Spritzer recipe (image supplied)
Spritzer recipe (image supplied)

A refreshing non-alcoholic beverage to counteract all those heavy reds you’ve been indulging in!


½ pomegranate, pulp and seeds
½ lime, juice
Handful mint leaves
1 tablespoon honey
1 cup crushed ice
1 ½ cup sparkling water

Pomegranate seeds
2 lime wedges
Mint leaves


In a large jug, muddle the pomegranate pulp and seeds, lime juice, lime, mint leaves and honey together.
Add the ice and top up with sparkling water.
Pour the spritzer into two glasses and garnish the glass with the pomegranate, lime and mint.
Serve immediately.

Obviously, to make an alcoholic version, just add a shot of your favourite gin or vodka.

For more great recipes by Gold Coast local Caralee Caldwell, check out her page here.

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