Winter cocktails to keep you warm

If you’re like most of us and finding it a little hard to warm up these winter nights, try one of these winter cocktail concoctions as highlighted by Ipswich photographer Donna Isaacs. They’re sure to warm you up.

Dark Knight

Stay awake with this easy drinking coffee flavoured cocktail served straight up in a martini glass at Dovetails Restaurant.

Cost: $17

Primary ingredients: 30ml Vodka, 30ml Kahlua, espresso shot, sugar syrup

Winter Wonderland

This fresh frozen cocktail is the creation of Pumpyard Bar and Brewery bar manager Corinne Browne who told me it was as fresh as the blast of winter air hitting your face when leaving the heated indoors. The minty freshness in the taste made me think of white chocolate coconut balls. Great to start your night with.

Cost: $15

Ingredients: Coconut liquor, Malibu, mint, coconut puree

Maharani (Indian for queen secret)

Another homemade cocktail invented on the premises at Indian Mehfil. Served in a hurricane glass this easy drinking sweet lychee flavoured cocktail would be the perfect accompaniment to a hot curry. The Indian name of the cocktail suggests a “secret” ingredient listed here as Sunshine. I’m told this is super popular with regular customers.

Cost: $15

Ingredients: Lemonade, lime, lychee liquor, sunshine

Irish coffee

Devine! Creamy and warming. Perfect for a winter catch up which is great because Fouthchild Cafe Restaurant and Lounge Bar is open late.

Ingredients: Cup of long black double shot espresso, Jameson Irish whiskey, sugar syrup, fresh whipped cream, coffee beans on top

Feijoa Fix

The feijoa fix at The Cottage Restaurant, as the name suggests, includes feijoa vodka which is a winter fruit.

An easy drinking cocktail for the apple cider fans though it carries a little more punch. The restaurant has an open fire and this choice of cocktail here will keep you as spritzy as the drink tastes, a very social cocktail to enjoy with dinner and friends.

Cost: $18

Ingredients: 42 below feijoa, apple cider, lime, mint garnish

French Martini

Shaken not stirred, this tropical delight at the Racehorse Hotel is refreshing and easy to drink which would appeal to most people.

Cost: $13

Main ingredients: Vodka and chambord served in a martini glass with a glamorous tropical garnish

Gordons Pink Gin Spritz

Putting the ritz into spritz this sophisticated looking cocktail at Brothers Leagues Club is served in a red wine glass. Gin lovers will adore the twist of strawberries used in this cocktail along with Prosecco and Lemonade. Served at Bar 49, bartender Britnee Mifka told me it is popular with Friday night crowds.

Cost: $7

Screaming Banshee

Hope you like it hot. A mystery of well combined ingredients makes this cocktail easy to drink despite the obvious evidence of chilli. This original Creation by Banshees Bar is served tall or short with a burn in your belly. Pictured here is bartender Rachel with the mysterious cocktail.

Cost: $8

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