The Mountain Devil


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