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Roses are red, Violets are blue, Here’s a very special cocktail, Perfect for you! (And me, and your other favourite friends!)

February 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

Whether you’re looking for something new for a belated Valentine’s Day celebration, Galentines Day or just the approaching end of summer, we know that you will enjoy and savour the taste of this glorious cocktail.


The ‘Oz Pimm’s’ is our ode to summer flavours and was first ‘created’ back in October 2018 at the Wahroonga Food & Wine Festival.  Our festival 'neighbour' was Pimm’s and once we started chatting we couldn’t help but try each other’s wares.  One thing lead to another and by late afternoon this was our favourite drink!


The great thing about this cocktail is that it’s super easy to make (and even easier to enjoy).  For me this drink was perfect.  Light, refreshing and not overly alcoholic it worked with meals throughout the summer whether salads, BarBQues, chicken, fish and cheese platters!  (Virtually everything except the Christmas roast!)


And just as Pimm’s is perfect for Wimbeldon’s tennis tournament, the Oz Pimm’s was the ideal cocktail for the Australian Open!  So go ahead and enjoy a few. (After all summer is over in a fortnight!)



Oz Pimm’s


15 ml               Riberry Shrub

45 ml               Pimm’s Cup #1

Mint Leaves


Ginger Ale

Garnish:          Strawberry + Cucumber + Orange Slice + Mint Leaves



  1. In cocktail shaker, muddle Mint Leaves with Riberry Shrub.
  2. Add Pimm’s and shake to mix.
  3. Fill ‘Tumbler’ with ice. Pour Pimm’s + Shrub mix over ice.
  4. Top with Ginger Ale and stir to mix.
  5. Garnish with extra Mint Leaves + Cucumber + Orange Slice + Strawberry
  6. Enjoy


You can also think of this as a totally historical cocktail as it’s based on Pimm’s Cup #1 (approx. 1850) + vinegar Shrub (approx. 1700’s) made with Riberries (Australian indigenous fruit, approx. 35,000 BC). 

It’s always nice to know that you’re enjoying something that’s been around for awhile!



    Tagged: Australian native foods, Cocktail, Cucumber, Garnish, Ginger Ale, Mint Leaves, Orange Slice, Pimm's, Riberry Shrub, Strawberries, Summer

    Hello Spring! It’s time to Muddle Up!

    September 03, 2017 | 0 Comments

    It’s September and time to officially welcome Spring to Oz! The last few weeks have been a roller coaster of weather, sometimes hot, sometimes cold. Well now it’s Spring and time to think positively about the longer days and warmer weather.

    Our contribution to the new season is the G&T Muddle. Quick and easy (our mantra) it tastes fabulous! A touch herbal, sweet and tart it’s bound to put you into the right mood for this time of the year.


    G&T Muddle  



    30 ml        Poor Toms Gin   (We love it’s light, fresh flavour and label)

    15 ml        Rainforest Lime Shrub

    60 ml        Tonic Water

    3-4            Mint Leaves

    3-4            Cucumber Slices




    1. Muddle Cucumber Slices, Mint Leaves and Rainforest Lime Shrub in cocktail shaker.
    2. Add Gin into cocktail shaker with ice and shake to mix
    3. Strain into glass with ice cubes.
    4. Top with Tonic Water.
    5. Add Cucumber and Mint to garnish.

    What better way to say ‘Hello Sunshine’!



    Tagged: Cocktail, Cucumber, Easy Entertaining, G & T Muddle, Gin, Mint, Muddle, Poor Toms Gin, Rainforest Lime Shrub, Spring, Tonic


    January 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

    It’s that time of year again!  

    Time to wrap up the summer break but not quite the end of the season.  There’s still that final public holiday, barbeque and fireworks session to end January with a flourish.  

    Let’s finish off the month in style with a glorious Oz cocktail for the occasion.  The Cotton Thief's Botanic Garden is cool, refreshing and novel.  It includes some of Australia's best native ‘flora’ flavours and it's definitely a thirst quencher!  

    Thanks Dave!


    The Cotton Thief’s

    Botanic Garden



    45ml Botanic Australis Gin

    30ml Elderflower Syrup

    15ml Rainforest Lime Shrub

    Juice of half a lime

    2 slices of cucumber

    Thyme leaves

    Dash of soda



    1. Muddle all ingredients (apart from soda) together.
    2. Shake with ice.
    3. Single strain into a small glass and top with soda (about 30ml).
    4. Enjoy


    Interested in learning more about Australia’s indigenous plants? What can you grow yourself and where? If you’re in Sydney you can sign up for an upcoming class specifically on DIY Bush Tucker  gardening. It’s a Milkwood, ‘skills for real life’ workshop held at their site this March. Check out the info.


    Tagged: Botanic Australis Gin, cocktail, Cremorne, Cucumber, Elderflower Syrup, Gin, Lime, Rainforest Lime Shrub, soda, Sydney, The Cotton Thief, Thyme