When you release a product like Økar Tropic, a mistelle style vermouth aromatised with oranges for the most unique lovechild of Lillet and Aperol, born on a Contiki tour through costal Far Northern Queensland, you're going to get questions like "how do I drink this?" We get it - we didn't make it all that easy for you guys - so we thought, how bout we give you some awesomely delicious ways to drink our new summer favourite? How's that sound? We've already got you guys with the Summer of Spritz pack, but let's kick it up a notch - we've challenged our Bar Manager Mitch Gauvin and our Melbourne-based Brand Ambassador Henry Hammersla to put together some Økar Tropic Cocktails. Summer is sorted.
The Tropic Sonic
This is absolutely the go-to serve for us at the minute 'cause it's just so simple. One of the great parts of Tropic for us is that it's almost an Aperol Spritz in a bottle - all you need to do is add the fizz! Since we've made it like an aromatised wine, it's already got the wine component in it. So put away the Prosecco, and crack out some Soda and Tonic, creating our new go-to drink, The Tropic Sonic! Even better? It's bloody easy to make - equal parts of Tropic, Soda, and Tonic! Garnish with a twist of lemon and you're off to the races! Even EVEN better? It's lower in alcohol so you can practice responsible consumption in the afternoon and into the evening! Sounds to good to be true - but it's real!
the tropic sonic
60ml Økar Tropic
60ml Soda Water
60ml Tonic Water
Pour all ingredients into an ice filled tumbler and garnish with a twist of lemon! It's that easy!
The FNQ Gimlet
Make no mistake, we love a gimlet. A cocktail classic of the highest order, but after traversing through the Far Northern Queensland tropics and enjoying a gimlet or two, its refreshment factor wasn't quite there - it needed more tropical vibes. So a brainwave: swap out a classic juniper forward gin for our sister distillery Applewood's Coral Gin (inspired by that part of the world), spike it with Tropic and a generous pinch of salt and voila! The FNQ Gimlet - a gimlet built for, and by, Far Northern Queensland! You can take this thing to the next level by forgoing a cocktail shaker and whacking it in a blender. You can thank us later.
the fnq gimlet
Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice, shake and double strain into a chilled coupette or rocks glass.
Little bit of inspiration from the South of the good ol' U.S of A here with some boozy iced tea! Tropic has this awesome jasmine tea character (a hallmark of Gewurtztraminer) so we're steering into that skid with a bit of chilled earl grey and adding even more tropical vibes with some peach! Add a touch of lemon for extra acid and some balancing sugar sweetness, this is a slurper - and as Mitch says, add a little lick of Rye in the mix if you're a loose cannon.
60ml Økar Tropic (+15ml Rye if you're a loose cannon)
15ml Lemon Juice
10ml Sugar Syrup
60ml Cold Earl Grey Tea
Muddle the quarter of peach and add the Tropic, Lemon Juice and Sugar Syrup. Shake and double strain into a collins glass. Top with chilled Earl Grey Tea and plenty of ice. Garnish with lemon peel or peach wedge.
Ahh - the Garibaldi, one of those drinks that flew under the radar until it was revitalised at legendary NYC cocktail bar Dante, with its fluffy and aerated orange juice. Our Badass BA Henry thought that a tropical riff would go down a treat. He was definitely not wrong. Wanna make yours super fluffy? Whack it in a Nutribullet!
45ml Økar Tropic
120ml Fresh White Grapefruit Juice
Blitz together in a Nutribullet or other blender. Pour into Collins glass filled with ice. Garnish with lemon myrtle or mint.
We love Sherry. We love salty beverages. Manzanilla Sherry is a salty sherry. What a winner. How about a lower alcohol martini-style sipper that will have you believing that you've fallen asleep on a lounge chair at the beach mid summer with a sea-spray breeze and the smell of sunscreen in the air. Now I'm day-dreaming - here's a cocktail!
45ml Økar Tropic
45ml Manzanilla Sherry
4 drops of Mister Bitters Honeyed Apricot and Smoked Hickory bitters
Stir down in a mixing glass and strain into a chilled martini glass
Float Like a Butterfly
Ohh yes - this bad boy is refreshing. Again lower in alcohol than your average Collins but it still packs a huge flavour punch - without too much of a bee-sting. Honestly, any cocktail with ginger beer goes down all right with me. Use Bundaberg 'cause your true blue - the Diet (low sugar) is bloody great!
float like a butterfly