Ballarat's Balmy Night Cocktail Series

After a long summer’s day, when the sun lowers in the sky, there is nothing nicer than a long, cool, slow cocktail.

So Ballarat's best bartenders and mixologists have created a special suite of more than 20 new cocktails which tie in with the theme of ‘balmy night’.

It could be a long, ginger-infused whisky cocktail or a fruity, tropical drink loaded with citrus and white spirits.

All summer long, our venues are mixing and shaking balmy night-inspired cocktails right across Ballarat.

Limoncello Mojito

Carboni's Italian Kitchen, 152 Eureka Street, Ballarat

A mojito cocktail with a fun Italian twist made with Carboni's homemade limoncello, lemons and mint. Refreshing, delicious and perfect for any summer day and night!

Saigon by Night

Saigon Allee, 30 Armstrong Street North, Ballarat

Gin, Cointreau, lemon juice, cinnamon and star anise syrup with coriander and chilli, served in a highball.

Johnny Alloo
La Strada Strega

Johnny Alloo, 32 Drummond Street North, Ballarat

A beautiful Italian brew of Liquore Strega, vanilla Galliano, limoncello, faba and lemon sherbet with lots of citrus flavours, all presented in a cocktail flute. The perfect summer cocktail.

Moon Dog Ma(llow)garita 

The Mallow, 20 Skipton Street, Ballarat

Pineapple margarita in a tall glass topped with Moon Dog's Tropical Lager.

The Yachty Sunset

The Yacht Club, 18 Wendouree Parade, Ballarat

Malibu, peach liqueur, Rubis strawberry liqueur, topped with OJ and strawberry and orange segments.

Golden City
The Golden Pimms Cup

Golden City Hotel, 427 Sturt Street, Ballarat

Enjoy this classic summer British drink on the magnificent balcony of this grand 1856 hotel. The Pimms Cup consists of a gin-based liqueur (Pimm's No. 1 Cup) that is mixed with sparkling lemonade and served in a highball glass with ice, assorted fruits and mint.

Frozen Malibu Daiquri

City Oval Hotel, 1321 Mair Street, Ballarat 

One sip will take you into holiday mode!

Mo Jo

Mr Jones Dining, 42-44 Main Road, Ballarat (closed 24 January – 4 February)

A mix of Havana Club Anejo Tres Años aged rum with Paraiso Lychee Liqueur, preserved lychees, and mint muddled with lime and sugar. Sweet, tart and aromatic, this is a summery taste of the tropics. Perfect with Mr Jones' Thai food.

Amaretto Sour

Aunty Jacks, 315-317 Mair Street, Ballarat

A silky cocktail for real grown-ups made with Disaronno Italian amaretto, egg white, in-house sour mix and a cherry.

Citrus Margarita

Red Lion Hotel, 217-229 Main Road, Golden Point

Casamigos Blanco white tequila, Cointreau, orange and lime juice blended with ice for a refreshing slushy taste!

Lychee Martini

The Highlander, 331 Mair Street, Ballarat

A sensual heady cocktail with a little kick of vodka, the tropical aroma of lychee essence and the complex bouquet of St Germain elderflower liqueur. A beautiful, long slow cocktail.

Moon and Mountain
Gettin Razzed Up

Moon and Mountain, 220 Mair Street, Ballarat

House-made coconut washed rum, pandan syrup, razz berry syrup, lime, aquafaba, and pandan garnish.

Perfectly Pear

The George Hotel, 27 Lydiard Street North, Ballarat

Pear, fennel, gin, elderflower, prosecco and soda.

Lola Rose and Raspberry Mojito

Lola Ballarat, 121 Lydiard Street North, Ballarat

This is a cocktail that embraces the very essence of summer and is made with beautifully aromatic Abraham Darcy rose petals from boutique rose grower Acre of Roses in Trentham and raspberries from a local grower in Little Hampton. Mixed with lemon, white rum and prosecco, this is the perfect summer cocktail to enjoy in the courtyard of this historic hotel.

Summer Splice

Boatshed Restaurant, 27a Wendouree Parade, Ballarat

Come to this lakeside all-day diner with its Northern European-influenced interior and beautiful views over the water and enjoy this cocktail that is simply summer perfection. Blends the flavours of Bacardi, Midori, raspberry and lemonade.

Lucio Spritz 

Ragazzone, 319 Mair Street, Ballarat 

Lemon myrtle-infused Aperol, blackberry mûre, Prosecco, soda and orange wheel.

The Long Walk Home

Café Sidra, 321 High Street, Learmonth

Montenegro, 321 Cider and fresh orange.

Roy Hammond
The Cherry Blossom 

Roy Hammond, front of 24-28 Armstrong Street North, Ballarat

The distinct and elegant profile of Roku Gin is enhanced with the use of Antica Formula and pomegranate juice to provide a delicate mouth feel. Pushed through with mandarin soda and mint to create optimal refreshment.

18th Amendment
Capone's Colada

18th Amendment Bar, 14 Camp Street, Ballarat

Named after the infamous Chicago gangster, this tropical, fruity and fun cocktail is a modern twist on the famous pina colada. Made with spiced rum, pineapple, orange, a hint of nutmeg and finished with smokin' nitro cream.

El Pablo

Mitchell Harris Wines, 38 Doveton Street North, Ballarat

Herradura Reposado Tequila and Mr Black coffee liqueur poured over big ice with a white chocolate rim.

Maracuya Caipirinha

Pancho, 36 Armstrong Street North, Ballarat

A South American classic made from cachaça (sugar cane liquor), fresh passionfruit, lime and mint.

Main Bar
English Garden

The Main Bar, 22-26 Main Road, Ballarat

A refreshing cocktail of gin, St Germain elderflower liqueur, cloudy apple and freshly squeezed lime.


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