In our summer edition of Nourish Alex from Wonder Horse in Hamilton created some delicious cocktails perfect for summer.

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Cocktails are sometimes referred to as an art; I prefer to view them as a craft. What we try to achieve at Wonder Horse is consistency; we have a goal of creating that perfect drink. Since the “perfect” drink can be quite subjective, I like to suggest you tailor the drink to match your palate. Below are some recipes and ideas to get you started on your journey of delicious summer beverages!

Georgia Julep

A classic American drink that is perfect for the hot days of summer. This particular variation combines bourbon, peach and mint. Super easy to prepare at home and get creative with your own variations!

julep 1

45ml Woodford Reserve bourbon (or another good quality bourbon or brandy)
20ml peach liqueur (can substitute this with a variety of flavours or homemade cordials or shrubs*)
6–8 sprigs of mint
sugar to taste

*A shrub is a flavouring made by steeping fruit in vinegar, then reducing the mixture with sugar to create an alternative acidic element to citrus. Check out some recipes at

In the base of a collins glass (or a steel julep cup) add your bourbon, peach liqueur/syrup, sugar (if you like a slightly sweeter drink), and mint.
Lightly muddle the mint so as to bruise it gently but not break the leaves.
Half fill the glass/cup with crushed ice and churn/stir until the volume of liquid has about doubled and the glass is frost.
Fill the glass to the top with crushed ice and stir a little more until the liquid meets the ice near the top of the glass.
Add 2 straws and heap some more crushed ice on top, garnish with a big sprig of fresh mint.

To make crushed ice at home I like to use a tea towel and rolling pin. Lay down your tea towel, place some ice in it then fold the towel over the top and at the edges so no ice can escape. Holding the towel firmly, begin smashing the ice with the rolling pin, the towel soaks up any extra moisture so you get nice dry crushed ice.

julep 2

Mango & Almond Daiquiri

A tropical twist on another classic, creating a citrus driven thirst quencher.

julep set up

45ml Stolen white rum
10ml Disaronno
30ml fresh lime juice
20ml mango juice
½ tsp caster sugar

Add all ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice.
Shake hard for around 5–6 seconds.
Fine strain into a chilled coupe or martini glass.
Garnish with a twist of orange peel or a wheel of lime.

Mango & Almond Daiquiri
Rhubarb Southside

A great alternative to a mojito, this refreshing combo of mint, gin, lime and rhubarb is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Plus it’s super easy to make!

Rhubarb Southside set up

45ml Rogue Society gin
30ml lime juice
6–8 mint sprigs
20ml Aroha rhubarb syrup
soda to top

This drink is great either built or shaken.

Shaken method:
Add all ingredients except soda to a cocktail shaker and shake for 5–6 seconds.
Strain into a tall glass filled with ice and top with soda water.
Garnish with a sprig of mint.

Built method:
In a tall glass add all ingredients except soda, bruise the mint gently with a muddler in the glass.
Fill with ice (crushed or cubed depending on your preference and the size of the glass).
-Add some soda and stir until combined. Garnish with a sprig of mint.

 Rhubarb Southside
Raspberry & Rose Fizz

Now time for a non-alcoholic beverage! This drink will also suit the addition of some booze if you like…

rose fizz

30ml lemon Juice
20ml cranberry juice
20ml Aroha Rosehip cordial
spoonful of raspberry jam
8 drops of rosewater
dash of egg white (optional)
soda Water

Add all ingredients to shaker except soda water. If you are opting to use the egg white add this last — 1 egg white should make 2–3 drinks.
Shake vigorously without ice for 10 seconds, fill shaker with ice and shake hard again for 5 seconds.
Strain into a wine glass or over ice in a tall glass.
Add about 50–60 ml of soda to the empty shaker, swill around and pour on top of your drink.

The result should be a silky smooth, fruity fizz.


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