Posts filed under: Cocktails


2022 Entry – Recipe by HAMISH TUOHY (Sydney Brewery)

guillotine cider based cocktail recipe

Be transported to a world of French-inspired flavours and Australian craftsmanship

Introducing “Guillotine” – a tantalising cocktail recipe that is sure to knock your block off. Made with Sydney Brewery’s The Original Sydney Cider, this cider-based cocktail is the perfect balance of sweet and sour.

To create this cocktail, start by adding 20 ml of homemade Tarte-tatin syrup to your shaker. Follow this with 15 ml of fresh lemon juice, 15 ml of Byrrh infused with sage, and 45 ml of the delicious Hickson RD Australian dry gin. Shake all these ingredients together and strain into a highball glass.

To top it off, add 30 ml of the Original Sydney Cider from Sydney Brewery. Garnish with a twist of lemon, sage, and a dehydrated pear to give it that extra touch of class.

The inspiration behind this cocktail recipe comes from the bartender’s grandmother, who used to make a lovely French “tarte-tatin” with caramelised pears and apples. The homemade syrup in this cocktail is a tribute to that delicious dessert.

Why not try this one-of-a-kind cider-based cocktail today?

Pair with one of our cider based dessert recipes cider apple pear and ricotta tart or apple tart with agave ginger caramel


20 ml Tarte-tatin syrup 

15 ml fresh lemon Juice 

15 ml Byrrh infuse with sage 

45 ml Hickson RD Australian dry gin

30 ml Sydney cider 






Twist of lemon, sage and pear dehydrated 

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peni-chillin cider based cocktail recipe

A twist on a classic cocktail called ‘Penicillin’, inspired by the flu season, for chillin at home when you’re under the weather

Get ready to indulge in a cocktail experience like no other with this irresistible recipe! This cider-based cocktail is packed with unique flavours, including Glenfiddich Fire & Cane Scotch, Domaine De Canton Ginger Liqueur, lemon juice, and homemade 5-spiced honey.

What makes this recipe stand out is its secret ingredient – the unique Agave Ginger Cider from the renowned Sydney Brewery. This cider-based cocktail recipe perfectly complements the rich flavours of the whisky and honey with the refreshing and bubbly notes of the cider.

The inspiration for this recipe came from a desire to create a cocktail that would soothe both the soul and the senses. The result is a drink that’s equal parts spicy, sweet, and tangy. The homemade 5-spiced honey adds a touch of warmth and comfort, while the ginger liqueur brings a fiery kick that’ll wake up your taste buds.

To make this cocktail, start by shaking together the Glenfiddich Fire & Cane Scotch, Domaine De Canton Ginger Liqueur, lemon juice, and homemade 5-spiced honey. Strain the mixture into a rock glass, then top it off with the unique agave ginger cider.

Finally, for an extra burst of flavour and visual appeal, garnish the drink with shredded candied citrus peel. It’s the perfect finishing touch to this delightful cocktail.

So next time you’re looking for a drink that’s equal parts refreshing and invigorating, give this cider-based cocktail recipe a try. With its unique blend of flavours and perfect balance of sweetness and spice, it’s sure to become your new go-to drink for any occasion, even when you’re unwell.


20ml Glenfiddich Fire & Cane Scotch

10ml Domaine De Canton Ginger Liqueur

30ml Lemon Juice

20ml Homemade 5 spiced Honey

Brief shake and strain into a rock glass

Top with Agave Ginger Cider



Shredded Candied Citrus Peel

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2022 Entry – Recipe by HAMISH TUOHY (Sydney Brewery)

kentucky blackberry cider cocktail recipe

Celebrating whisky cocktails and their unapologetic smoothness

Experience a cocktail like no other from one of our own, Hamish Tuohy who created this Original Sydney Cider based cocktail recipe. We’re proud to introduce a rye whisky-infused drink that’s both smooth and flavourful, with just the right amount of dilution to make it the perfect sipping cocktail.

Our skilled mixologist has taken inspiration from the world of whisky cocktails and blended it with the refreshing taste of Sydney Brewery’s Original Cider. The result? A truly unique flavor experience that’s sure to delight your senses.

We’ve carefully crafted this cider-based cocktail recipe to ensure that the rye whisky’s bold flavors are balanced by the crispness of the cider. The end result is a drink that’s both refreshing and full-bodied, with just a hint of sweetness to make it irresistible.

So if you’re a fan of whisky cocktails and looking for something new to try, make our Original Sydney Cider based cocktail recipe. We’re confident that you’ll love the way the rye whisky and cider blend together to create a flavour sensation that’s truly out of this world.


30 ml Bulletin/rye whisky 

20 ml Blackberry De Kuyper 

20ml Lime Juice

10ml Simple syrup

150ml ‘The Original’ Sydney Cider to top



Smoked Apple wood salted rim

Lime ribbon

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2022 entry – Owen Andrews – Gin Lane

mountain devil agave ginger cider cocktail recipe

“The Mountain Devil” is sure to satisfy your cravings for something unique and delicious. 

Introducing the one-of-a-kind cocktail that will have you howling at the moon – “The Mountain Devil”. This cocktail is inspired by the lush landscapes of the Blue Mountains and the vibrant flavours of Mexico, blending together for a unique and unforgettable taste.

Crafted with Sydney Brewery’s Agave Ginger Cider, this cocktail is a perfect example of the magic that can happen when worlds collide. The cool, crisp flavours of the cider are complemented by a touch of mezcal, creating a smokey and satisfying drink that’ll keep you coming back for more.

What sets “The Mountain Devil” apart from the rest is its secret ingredient – a rich syrup made from a blend of exotic bush tucker, adding an extra layer of complexity and flavour that’ll take your taste buds on a wild ride.

“The Mountain Devil” is sure to satisfy your cravings for something unique and delicious. 


10ml Mountain Devil Pepper Gin

20-30ml Mezcal

25ml Lime Juice

25ml Mountain Devil Syrup

105-120 ml Agave Ginger Cider (depending on mezcal specs)



2 Parts Brown Sugar

1 Part Raw Sugar

2 Parts Water

Handful of mountain devil flowers or few drops of Lambertia Formosa extract if not in season

Small handful of Lilli pillies (Raspberries similarly tart as replacement)

A few Guajillio Chillies

A little grapefruit peel or zest

Toasted Wattleseeds

Optional: Smoke power/liquid and salt, pepper, and spices





Combine all syrup ingredients except the flowers and Lilli pillies into pot, stir over medium heat until sugar fully dissolved. Remove from heat and add Mountain Devil flowers and Lilli pillies into pot. Let rest for an hour, fine strain and leave in fridge. Rim Highball with lime, toasted wattleseeds, salt, and smoke powder/liquid, shake ingredients and fine strain.


Slice or Wheel of Grapefruit

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Sunrise Margarita

2022 – Quinn Chauvin

sunrise margarita cocktail using cider

A next level margarita which includes all the citrus flavours in the one cocktail. This drink reminds you of summer from the first sip.

Attention cocktail enthusiasts, get ready to tantalize your taste buds with a drink that will transport you straight to summer. We’re talking about the next level margarita – a perfectly balanced concoction of all the citrus flavors you could ever want in a cocktail.

This drink has a special secret ingredient – Agave Ginger Cider from a top-notch Sydney brewery: Sydney Brewery. This zesty and spicy cider takes the classic margarita recipe to a whole new level, giving it a unique twist that’ll make your taste buds dance.

The best part is, making this drink is a breeze. You don’t need to be a mixologist or have a fancy bar to whip up a batch of these delicious margaritas. All you need is some top-quality tequila, fresh citrus juice, and a few other ingredients, and you’ll be sipping on this refreshing drink in no time.

And let’s talk taste. From the first sip, you’ll be transported to a sun-kissed beach, with the perfect blend of citrus and agave tickling your tongue. This drink is perfect for any occasion, from sipping at happy hour to savoring at a backyard BBQ.

So why settle for a basic margarita when you can take it to the next level? Try the next level margarita for yourself and discover why it’s quickly becoming one of the most popular cider-based cocktails around.


And why not pair it with a delicious Agave Ginger Cider San Choy Bow? Recipe here


30ml Espolon Tequila                                                 

30ml Lime Juice 

15ml Agave Syrup 

15ml Triple Sec 

15ml Solerno Blood Orange Liquor 

20ml Aperol 

Topped with quarter can of Agave Ginger Cider

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1990 Agua Fresca 

2022 Winning COCKTAIL By Ngametua Fatongiatau

1990 Agua Fresca Ngametua Fatongiatau
Ngametua Fatongiatau Winner 2022 Sydney Brewery Cider cocktail competition

Congratulations to Ngametua Fatongiatau from the Hilton, Sydney for winning the 2022 Cocktail Competition with this delicious recipe. 

It takes inspiration from the popular street drink Agua Fresca, which is essentially fresh fruits blended with water, lime and sugar and served over ice for a refreshing beverage.

Paying homage to his Polynesian roots, the drink has elements of coconut and pineapple, making this a refreshing yet moreish beverage.


50ml Berry Coco

30ml Base Spirit (This can be Blanco Tequila, White Rum, Vodka) 

20ml Jamaica Lemon Thyme

15ml St Germain Elderflower

15ml Lime

Top with  Sydney Brewery’s Agave Ginger Cider

Spiced Rock Salt, Lava Salt and Dehydrated Lime Wheel.


Berry Coco
500g fresh strawberries  blended with 1L Golden Circle Pine Coconut Juice, add Pectinex Ultra SPL to clarify, fine strain, bottle and store.

Jamaica Lemon Thyme
Dry roast shredded coconut until toasty and brown and set aside. Make a 2:1 coconut syrup using bottled coconut water as the base. Add toasted coconut and allow to steep whilst mixture is still hot. once mixture has cooled slightly, add the Jamaica (hibiscus flower) and Lemon Thyme and let mixture cool, fine strain and bottle. NB: there will be a layer of fat which can be skimmed off or left – it adds texture to the drink.

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Springtime Eclipse

2022 Runner up – TIM JONES

Springtime Eclipse

Congratulations to Tim Jones from The Rook for placing second in the 2022 Cocktail Competition with this spring recipe with a Japanese twist. 


30ml Saké

10ml Monin yuzu syrup 

15ml Cointreau 

40ml of homemade spiced Rhubarb Syrup

90mlThe Original’ Sydney Cider

Garnished with candied rhubarb syrup and Yuzu peal 

Served in Riesling glass with cubed ice

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Rosa Aqua Di Pesca

2022 Equal 3rd – Tua Fatongiatau – Corretto Dee Why

Rosa Aqua Di Pesca - equal third 2022 cocktail competition

Congratulations to Tua Fatongiatau from Corretto for placing equal 3rd in the 2022 Cocktail Competition with his Peach Tea Spritz style cocktail.


20ml Native Davidson Plum infused Koyomi

15ml Creme de Peche

20ml Discarded Fruit Tea Syrup

15ml Lemon Juice

3 dashes of Hopped Grapefruit Bitters

Pinch of Salt

Dash of Aquafaba (optional)

Topped with 60ml Sydney Brewery Agave Ginger Cider


  1. Add all ingredients into Boston shaker (except for cider)
  2. Double Strain into highball, add ice and topped with Agave Ginger Cider,
  3. Garnish with edible flowers

Edible Flowers


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2022 Equal 3rd – ELISE HUISMAN

THE MORNING BREEZE equal 3rd 2022 Sydney Cider Cocktail comp

Congratulations to Elise Huisman from Old Mates for placing equal 3rd in the 2022 Cocktail Competition with this fruity and delicious citrus cocktail.


30ml lemon thyme gin
(5g lemon thyme per 150ml infused for 36 hours)

20ml lemon

60ml apple and raspberry juice

30ml mango juice

4 dashes orange blossom water

20ml cider syrup (750ml cider, 60g brown sugar boiled down until 1/7th original volume)

60ml ‘The Original’ Sydney Cider to top

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