Now Serving – 12 Days of Butter

By The Gentleman

12 Days of Butter

Readers, are you aware of how hot it was in little old Adelaide, South Australia today? It was 32°C today or 89.6 Fahrenheit for our American friends. That is far to hot for all the delicious warming festive cocktails we’ve been seeing. Delicious hot-buttered rum or glorious spiced mulled wine makes our mouths water and nostrils flare in anticipation for drinking the flavour of Christmas…and then a single bead of sweat slides down our face as we think how hot and disgusting that is going to make us feel on a 32°C day! What are we to do!? Get a little weird that’s what. Take the hot, buttery, spiced goodness of many a good-looking festive drink and chill that sucker down. Introducing the 12 Days of Butter. Your arteries have been warned.

Those festive spices yo

Those festive spices yo


12 Days of Butter

30ml spiced butter syrup

30ml Bulleit Bourbon

45ml Le Birlou Apple and Chestnut Liqueur

Apple slice to garnish

Grated Nutmeg



Grab your cocktail shaker and pour in your syrup, bourbon and liqueur. Add ice. Put the lid on and shake. Now the butter syrup is going to solidify a little bit so you need to double strain this bad boy. Grab an old fashioned glass and stack two ice cubes on top of each other. Use the ice to hold your apple slice in place. Double strain into the prepared glass and grate nutmeg on top of the ice.


Spiced Butter Syrup for 2

50g unsalted butter

1/3 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup water

5 cloves

1 cinnamon stick

1/8 tsp nutmeg

1/4 tsp vanilla essence

Pinch of salt


In a saucepan melt butter over low-medium heat till it smells nutty and starts to turn slightly brown. Stir and keep an eye on it so it doesn’t burn. Add water, sugar, vanilla and spices. Leave on the heat until the sugar is melted and combined with the butter. Remove from the heat and leave the spices in there to infuse. This also allows the syrup to cool down. Leave to infuse for at least 15 minutes, but you can leave it longer if you like. Strain to remove spices.

12 Days of Butter

The 12 Days of Butter was exactly what we were looking for. The drink is still rich and full of all those delicious spice flavours. In particular the grating of nutmeg on top makes the drink smell and taste heavenly. It’s smooth and buttery, feeling nice on your tongue and going down really nicely with a noticeable and delightful punch of vanilla. Smooth butter and vanilla, that’s what we’re talking about people. Christmas is a time to indulge and it doesn’t get much more indulgent than drinking butter. The drink is rich with a sweet almost caramel flavour and just fills you with this very festive, European Christmas sensation. As The Lady said, it tastes like Harry Potter, something like the grown up, classy version of Butter Beer Harry would magic up when remembering the good old days of kicking Voldermort’s ass. It has all these festive, wintery notes yet it’s far more suited to the Australian climate. The Le Birlou is also a nice addition to the typical winter drink stable. Le Birlou has a smooth flavour that really compliments the butter. Plus chestnuts and apples seem pretty festive to us and we think you should add a bottle of this to your repertoire (in the Northern and Southern Hemisphere). There is also no unpleasant bourbon aftertaste, it just enhances the spices and lets the butter and Le Birlou take over. Although be warned, there is a bit of a kick here. Finally, if you can wait a little before you start drinking or savour it slowly because if you do that apple slice is not only going to provide a hint of apple sweetness to the aftertaste but it’s going to soak up those flavours and be the most delicious note to finish. A crisp bite of butter, spice, booze and apple. Now that’s Christmas.

12 Days of Butter

We were a little concerned this wouldn’t work the way we wanted it to, but any fears we had were squashed as soon as we took that first sip. It was everything we were looking for and more. A festive, flavour packed drink that took everything we loved about those warm Christmas drinks and made it so we could drink it in Australia without the fear of sweating up a storm.

12 Days of Butter

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Now Serving – Forrest Gump

By The Lady

Forrest Gump

“Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re going to get.” Oh, how true this is. Although, if life really were like a box of chocolates, everything would be sweet, delicious and satisfying. We sometimes wish that we lived life through the lens of Forrest Gump, but to satisfy our cravings , we create cocktails.


Over the weekend, we decided we wanted to combine some of our favourite sweet liqueurs together to create a dessert-like cocktail. We were completely winging it with this one, but we are pleasantly surprised at the results! In lieu with our sweet, chocolate box theme, we decided to name the drink after the man who said it first. Forrest Gump. Clearly.

Forrest Gump

For the Forrest Gump, we used :

45 mL Le Birlou

30 mL Mr Black Cold Drip Coffee Liqueur

15 mL Tuaca

Ice (for preparation only)

Coffee beans or grinds (optional, for decoration)


Fill a fancy cocktail glass with ice cubes so that your glass is super chilled. In a cocktail shaker, add all the liqueurs with the ice and shake it up! The cocktail should have lots of air and froth in it once you are done. Empty out the ice from your cocktail glass and strain your cocktail into the cocktail glass.

Forrest Gump

The Forrest Gump certainly lives up to its namesake. We didn’t know what to expect when we mixed these spirits together and we were quite surprised. The drink tasted like a rather delicious chocolate liqueur, the kind that you would steer your children away from, because of the alcohol and so you can keep it all yourself. We found this surprising given the use of coffee and apple flavoured liqueurs, but we guess the coffee from the Mr Black toned down the apple in the Le Birlou and instead enhanced the hazelnut notes to give it that sort of chocolate taste. Either way tt’s a little bit fancy and very much a dessert cocktail. The drink looks gorgeous, with a lovely caramel colour and that light and airy foam. You need to shake it a lot, but it is definitely worth it when you see and taste the results. There’s also no overwhelming alcohol flavour or sweetness to the drink, just a beautiful blend of nutty, chocolatey, vanilla flavours.

Forrest Gump

Life may be like a box of chocolates, but that means there are plenty of opportunities to find delicious and delightful surprises. The Forrest Gump is definitely one of those surprises. We here at the The Cocktail Challenge encourage you to surprise yourselves!

Forrest Gump

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