Ballarat's Balmy Night Cocktail Series
After a long summer’s day, when the sun lowers in the sky, there is nothing nicer than a long, cool, slow cocktail.
So Ballarat's best bartenders and mixologists have created a special suite of more than 20 new cocktails which tie in with the theme of ‘balmy night’.
It could be a long, ginger-infused whisky cocktail or a fruity, tropical drink loaded with citrus and white spirits.
All summer long, our venues are mixing and shaking balmy night-inspired cocktails right across Ballarat.
Carboni's Italian Kitchen, 152 Eureka Street, Ballarat
A mojito cocktail with a fun Italian twist made with Carboni's homemade limoncello, lemons and mint. Refreshing, delicious and perfect for any summer day and night!
Saigon by Night
Saigon Allee, 30 Armstrong Street North, Ballarat
Gin, Cointreau, lemon juice, cinnamon and star anise syrup with coriander and chilli, served in a highball.
La Strada Strega
Johnny Alloo, 32 Drummond Street North, Ballarat
A beautiful Italian brew of Liquore Strega, vanilla Galliano, limoncello, faba and lemon sherbet with lots of citrus flavours, all presented in a cocktail flute. The perfect summer cocktail.
Moon Dog Ma(llow)garita
The Mallow, 20 Skipton Street, Ballarat
Pineapple margarita in a tall glass topped with Moon Dog's Tropical Lager.
The Yachty Sunset
The Yacht Club, 18 Wendouree Parade, Ballarat
Malibu, peach liqueur, Rubis strawberry liqueur, topped with OJ and strawberry and orange segments.
The Golden Pimms Cup
Golden City Hotel, 427 Sturt Street, Ballarat
Enjoy this classic summer British drink on the magnificent balcony of this grand 1856 hotel. The Pimms Cup consists of a gin-based liqueur (Pimm's No. 1 Cup) that is mixed with sparkling lemonade and served in a highball glass with ice, assorted fruits and mint.
Frozen Malibu Daiquri
City Oval Hotel, 1321 Mair Street, Ballarat
One sip will take you into holiday mode!
Mr Jones Dining, 42-44 Main Road, Ballarat (closed 24 January – 4 February)
A mix of Havana Club Anejo Tres Años aged rum with Paraiso Lychee Liqueur, preserved lychees, and mint muddled with lime and sugar. Sweet, tart and aromatic, this is a summery taste of the tropics. Perfect with Mr Jones' Thai food.
Aunty Jacks, 315-317 Mair Street, Ballarat
A silky cocktail for real grown-ups made with Disaronno Italian amaretto, egg white, in-house sour mix and a cherry.
Red Lion Hotel, 217-229 Main Road, Golden Point
Casamigos Blanco white tequila, Cointreau, orange and lime juice blended with ice for a refreshing slushy taste!
The Highlander, 331 Mair Street, Ballarat
A sensual heady cocktail with a little kick of vodka, the tropical aroma of lychee essence and the complex bouquet of St Germain elderflower liqueur. A beautiful, long slow cocktail.
Gettin Razzed Up
Moon and Mountain, 220 Mair Street, Ballarat
House-made coconut washed rum, pandan syrup, razz berry syrup, lime, aquafaba, and pandan garnish.
The George Hotel, 27 Lydiard Street North, Ballarat
Pear, fennel, gin, elderflower, prosecco and soda.
Lola Rose and Raspberry Mojito
Lola Ballarat, 121 Lydiard Street North, Ballarat
This is a cocktail that embraces the very essence of summer and is made with beautifully aromatic Abraham Darcy rose petals from boutique rose grower Acre of Roses in Trentham and raspberries from a local grower in Little Hampton. Mixed with lemon, white rum and prosecco, this is the perfect summer cocktail to enjoy in the courtyard of this historic hotel.
Boatshed Restaurant, 27a Wendouree Parade, Ballarat
Come to this lakeside all-day diner with its Northern European-influenced interior and beautiful views over the water and enjoy this cocktail that is simply summer perfection. Blends the flavours of Bacardi, Midori, raspberry and lemonade.
Ragazzone, 319 Mair Street, Ballarat
Lemon myrtle-infused Aperol, blackberry mûre, Prosecco, soda and orange wheel.
The Long Walk Home
Café Sidra, 321 High Street, Learmonth
Montenegro, 321 Cider and fresh orange.
The Cherry Blossom
Roy Hammond, front of 24-28 Armstrong Street North, Ballarat
The distinct and elegant profile of Roku Gin is enhanced with the use of Antica Formula and pomegranate juice to provide a delicate mouth feel. Pushed through with mandarin soda and mint to create optimal refreshment.
18th Amendment Bar, 14 Camp Street, Ballarat
Named after the infamous Chicago gangster, this tropical, fruity and fun cocktail is a modern twist on the famous pina colada. Made with spiced rum, pineapple, orange, a hint of nutmeg and finished with smokin' nitro cream.
Mitchell Harris Wines, 38 Doveton Street North, Ballarat
Herradura Reposado Tequila and Mr Black coffee liqueur poured over big ice with a white chocolate rim.
Pancho, 36 Armstrong Street North, Ballarat
A South American classic made from cachaça (sugar cane liquor), fresh passionfruit, lime and mint.
The Main Bar, 22-26 Main Road, Ballarat
A refreshing cocktail of gin, St Germain elderflower liqueur, cloudy apple and freshly squeezed lime.
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