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Winning spirits

Spirits are high among makers of some of our favourite drinks with medals aplenty at the recent 2014 San Francisco World Spirits competition.

Here’s a rundown of some of the winners we’re all familiar with, along with a couple of suggestions for using them in medal-worthy cocktails.

Double Gold

  • Chivas Regal 12yo Scotch Whisky 700ml
  • Chivas Regal 12yo Scotch Whisky 1L
  • Johnnie Walker Double Black Scotch Whisky 700ml
  • Glenmorangie The Original 10yo Malt Whisky 700ml 


  • Johnnie Walker Blue Scotch Whisky 700ml
  • Laphroaig 10yo Malt Whisky 700ml
  • Jim Beam Devil’s Cut 700ml
  • Appleton Estate VX Rum 700ml
  • Appleton Estate VX Rum 1L
  • Absolut Citron 700ml
  • Amarula Cream 700ml
  • Grand Marnier Liqueur


  • Johnnie Walker Platinum Scotch Whisky 750ml
  • Johnnie Walker Red 1L
  • Ardbeg 10yo Islay Malt Whisky 700ml
  • Glenlivet 12yo Single Malt Whisky 700ml
  • Isle of Jura 10yo Single Malt Whisky 700ml
  • Talisker 10yo Malt Whisky 700ml
  • Canadian Club Classic 12yo Whisky 700ml
  • Jameson Gold Reserve 700ml
  • Jameson Irish Whisky 1L
  • Jim Beam Bourbon Beefeater Gin
  • 1L Greenalls Gin 1L
  • Tanqueray Gin 1L
  • Crystal Head Vodka
  • 700ml Smirnoff Double Black
  • 700ml Smirnoff Vodka Red 1L


  • The Dalmore 12yo Single Malt Whisky 700ml
  • St Remy Brandy 1L Hendricks Gin 1L
  • El Jimador Reposado Tequila 700ml 

Hot Head Apple Cider

  • 500ml Crystal Head Vodka
  • 250ml vanilla liqueur or 150ml vanilla simple syrup
  • 220ml orange juice
  • 1.5L apple juice
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 orange thinly sliced
  • cinnamon sugar (for rim)
  • 3 tsp brown sugar
  • fresh apple – red or green for garnish

Add apple juice, nutmeg, cinnamon sticks, vanilla liqueur, orange juice, orange slices and brown sugar to a slow cooker and let warm slowly until heated through. If you do not have a slow cooker you can use a large pot – just be sure to keep the burner on low and heat up slowly. Add Crystal Head Vodka about 30 minutes before serving. Rub orange wedge around entire rim of glass and dip into cinnamon sugar mix. Garnish with a thin slice of apple floating on the top.

St Remy Canadian Coffee

  • 30ml St Remy
  • fresh espresso
  • cinnamon whipped cream
  • tablespoon of maple syrup

Add the St Remy to a mug or heat-proof glass, add fresh espresso and maple syrup and top with whipped cream.

Golden Delicious

  • 45ml Appleton Estate VX Rum
  • 90ml Mac’s Green Apple
  • 2 slices of Golden Delicious apple

Fill rocks glass with ice, add Appleton Estate VX and top with Mac’s Green Apple. Cut, squeeze and drop in wedge of lime and garnish with two slices of Golden Delicious apple.

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