mix. enjoy. thrice as nice.

Glen Swart


Winter is coming —brrr! Fear not, we have just the things to warm the cockles of your heart in our Winter Cocktail Guide

NJI’s international team team are back with another curated list of seasonal treats for you. Each cocktail fully illustrated —a feast for the eyes and tastebuds. 

Perfect for warming you up as things cool down.

floral, spice and all things nice. 

1 oz spiced hibiscus syrup
2 oz gin
1 oz lemon juice

2 cups water
3 cinnamon sticks
4 tsp dry hibiscus flowers/ tea bags
1 tsp cloves
2 cups sugar

cinnamon stick
hibiscus flower petals

Let’s start with the syrup. To make the sweet nectar, combine all of the syrup ingredients in a sauce pan over medium-high heat until the sugar has fully dissolved. Once off the flame, let steep for 10 minutes and strain.

To make the cocktail, combine all ingredients and shake vigorously over ice. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with a shard of broken cinnamon stick or, hibiscus petals. Enjoy on a cool autumn evening, or pour over your morning pancakes!

cider surprise. 

3 oz apple cider
2 oz bourbon
2 oz ginger beer
juice of 1/2 a lemon
thyme sprig
cinnamon stick

cinnamon stick
orange slice

Add first 3 ingredients with ice in shaker – shake for 30 seconds.

Strain into a glass of ice, squeeze the lemon. Garnish and drink. The biggest surprise is how simple it is!

belly warmer. 

1 shot fireball cinnamon whiskey
1 cup apple cider
3 oz club soda

blood orange rind
cinnamon stick

Use a vegetable peeler, and cut strips of orange peels for garnish, set aside.

Pour in the fireball whiskey over crushed ice, top with apple cider and club soda.

Optional: wrap around cinnamon sticks and secure with a small piece of toothpick. Slice oranges into small wedges, squeeze a slice of orange in the glass.

foraged finds. 

2 oz gin
1 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 tsp sugar syrup
1/2 oz créme de mure

fresh blackberry
lemon half wheel

Shake the gin, lemon juice and sugar syrup in a cocktail shaker with a good handful of ice cubes then strain into a rocks glass full of crushed ice.

Drizzle the crème de mure over the top so it ‘bleeds’ into the drink. Garnish with the lemon slice and blackberry, if using.

Optional: I like to also add in a shot of kings ginger liquor to give it a bit more of a kick.

ch-ch-ch-cherry bomb.

1/4 cup pitted cherried
2 sprigs of thyme
2 oz kin euphorics high rhode
1 oz tart cherry juice
club soda

slice of blood orange
sprig of thyme

Add all the ingredients except the club soda to a shaker and fill with ice.

Shake, and strain into a glass filled with ice. Top with club soda and garnish with a slice of bloody orange and thyme.

Tip: You could replace the garnish with a fresh cherry & slice of lime in a pinch.

will float your boat.

1/4 cup caramel sauce
2 scoops vanilla ice-cream
1/2 bottle of any hard apple cider

dash of cinnamon

Blend caramel sauce, ice cream, and hard cider together. Dash with cinnamon.

If you’re feeling very indulgent, top with more ice-cream or just some grated cinnamon or cinnamon powder.

next time.

fortune favors

the bold

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