Bars & Pubs

Brisbane’s Cosiest Winter Cocktail Bar Is Heating Up!

By Desta Cullen
1st Jul 2015

There’s no two-ways about it, the temperature has dipped and winter is official here, which has us turning to anything that promises warmth and solace from the cold (read: alcohol).

And what better place to look than Brisbane best bars that have a cosy disposition worthy of warming your cockles, and your coldness?

One of our total faves, Dutch Courage Officers’ Mess is doing winter right with their spesh new July cocktail menu launching today, and boy-oh does it have some boozy doozies on it!

Every month, this Brisbane bar is going to mix it up (like only the best mixologists can) and create a brand new cocktail list available for 30 (or 31 days) only. For July, they’ll be celebrating the colonial safari adventurers of old with a nostalgic menu themed ‘Hot Jungle Fever’.

Despite their already great rep’ as a gin bar, the skilled bar crew at Dutch Courage know how to knock up one of the meanest non-gin cocktails this side of the Equator.   

To celebrate this fun milestone in Dutch Courage’s varietal evolution, bar manager Jeremy Adams gave us the scoop on how to throw together a winter warming tipple worth braving the chill for—the Werther’s Original.

You’ll be the host with the most once you learn how to make this perfect winter cocktail.

Dutch Courage Officers' Mess Werther's Original

Makes 1 cocktail


45ml vodka
15ml spiced rum
45ml passion fruit pulp
17.5ml caramel syrup
Egg whites


In no particular order combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Dry shake (with no ice) for 30 seconds

Add a scoop of ice to the shaker then shake for a remaining 30 seconds.

Double strain into a classy coupette glass or martini glass.


Put half of the passionfruit on skewer topped with freshly crumbed cinnamon that has been doused in over-proof rum.

Place passionfruit on glass and light cinnamon on fire.

Dutch Courage Officer’s Mess is open 6 days per week from 4pm and the Hot Jungle Fever menu is available until 31 July so grab your pith helmets and go adventuring!

Image Credit: Ariana Gillrie

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