#WinterCocktails: Champagne and Gin Winter Cocktail- Recipe


Julian Shirt's favourite spirit to use when making cocktails? “Even though I think you need to be adaptable when you’re a bartender, I’m a huge tequila fan. There’s a misconception that tequila is only for shots – it’s not. There’s so much that can be done with tequila.” 

Winter cocktails? Are they a thing? “Oh sure, they are. Seasonality is a big thing in the beverage world and I’m currently designing a number of cocktails that are suitable for winter. It’s all in the spirits that you use. Drinks like whisky, brandy; spices like nutmeg and cinnamon and citrus flavouring, those all bring out the warm feeling we want in our drinks this winter.” 

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Julian Short's Winter and Gin Cocktail 
PICTURE: Samantha SlabbertJulian Short in action at the Diageo World Class Bartender Competition

And Mexico? “Well, I’m the first winner who has been announced. I’m waiting to see who the other countries choose as their winner. I’m practising daily at my bar. That’s the only way to get better at being a mixologist, by practising. That, and having some fun while doing it.”

Champagne and Gin Winter Cocktail (Serves 1)

50ml Tanqueray 

50ml Fresh Pear Juice

20ml honey syrup (1:1 - 1 part honey - 1 part water)

top with Champagne or sparkling wine 

Garnish with a sprig of Rosemary.


PICTURE: Samantha Slabbert

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