Top 10 Cocktails of 2015

As the year winds down, we realise how many great bars and cocktails we have enjoyed this year which led to our top cocktails of 2015.

In this list we name the cocktail and its ingredients, the bar and the bartender, where known, who prepared it.

These are our top 10 cocktails for 2015 presented in no particular order.

1. Belafonte at This Must Be The Place


Belafonte (Fino Sherry, gin, prosecco) at This Must Be The Place Darlinghurst prepared by Charlie Ainsbury.

2. Moonlight on the Barrelhead at Archie Rose

Archie Rose

Moonlight on the Barrelhead (Archie Rose White Rye, lemon, agave, absinthe) at Archie Rose Rosebery prepared by Jonothan Carr.

3. Cigar Box Blazer at The Lobo Plantation

Lobo Plantation, Sydney

Cigar Box Blazer (Matusalem 23 yo rum, cacao, cane syrup, chocolate bitters) at The Lobo Plantation Sydney CBD prepared by Andres ‘Dre’ Walters.

4. South-East Side at Junk Lounge

Junk Lounge, Cruise Bar Sydney

The South-East Side (white rum, yuzu juice, wasabi) at Junk Lounge prepared by Marco Oshiro.

5. Whisky Fix at Bar Americano

Bar Americano, Melbourne

The Whisky Fix (peated whisky, fresh lemon juice, sugar, orange curacao) at Bar Americano Melbourne prepared by Hayden Scott Lambert.

6. Botanical Garden at Bennelong

Bennelong Bar, Sydney

Botanical Garden (rosemary and olive infused Ketel One vodka, sea salt, lemon peel) at Bennelong Bar in Sydney Opera House prepared by Andreas.

7. The Riverstream at Eau de Vie

Eau de Vie Bar Cocktails

The Riverstream (Calvados, mezcal, lemongrass, white ale syrup, Fernet Branca, smoked with eucalyptus fog) at Eau de Vie in Darlinghurst prepared by the Eau de Vie team.

8. Woolworth at Continental Deli


Woolworth (Bulleit Bourbon, Dolin Red Vermouth, Benedictine, Orange Bitters, Tio Pepe Sherry) at Continental Deli in Newtown prepared by Michael Nicolian.

9. Smoky Rob Roy at 18o6 Melbourne

Smoky Rob Roy at 18o6 Melbourne

The Smoky Rob Roy with Laphroaig 10 yo at 18o6 in Melbourne prepared by the bar team.

10. The Accidental Antidote at Palmer & Co

Accidental Antidote

The Accidental Antidote (clarified milk punch cocktail) at Palmer & Co in Sydney CBD prepared by Sam Egerton.

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About the author

Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is a drinks writer, author of GROW YOUR OWN COCKTAIL GARDEN, SHRUBS & BOTANICAL SODAS and founder/editor of Gourmantic, Cocktails & Bars and The Gourmantic Garden. She has been writing extensively about spirits, cocktails, bars and cocktail gardening in more recent years. She is a spirits and cocktail competition judge, Icons of Whisky Australia nominee, contributor to Diageo Bar Academy, cocktail developer and is named in Australian Bartender Magazine's Top 100 Most Influential List. Her cocktail garden was featured on ABC TV’s Gardening Australia and has won several awards. She is a contributor to Real World Gardener radio program and is featured in several publications including Pip Magazine, Organic Gardener, Australian Bartender and Breathe (UK). Read the full bio here.