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Wintry booze: the best of our local mulled wine, whiskey & warming cider

Visit Ballarat

18 Jun 2021

Filed underFood & Drink

This one is for the big kids…

It might be cold outside, but there is one guaranteed way to warm up and it comes in liquid form.

So, what are you waiting for! Grab your crew, call for a ride and settle in for an afternoon of sensory delight.

Here are some of our favourite places to find spiced cider, mulled wine and local gin.

Spiced cider

Café Sidra
The Café Sidra team has been working on a mulled spiced cider using locally-made Learmonth Cider, just in time for winter.
While you’re here, don’t forget to check out the café’s very cool new airstream bar – Little Sid!

Mitchell Harris Wine Bar
You’ll find the sweet flavours of Daylesford Spiced Cider on the menu at Mitchell Harris Wine Bar this winter. Served warm and with cinnamon, this is one to enjoy by the log fire.

Mulled wine

Sovereign Hill
More than 3,000 glasses of mulled wine were poured at the last Winter Wonderlights (yes, you heard that right!). Now, given Winter Wonderlights returns this winter after a year hiatus, we won’t judge if you make up for lost time by indulging in an extra glass or two.
Also on the menu is their Hot Raspberry Drop Chocolate. Topped with whipped cream and raspberry Drop crumb, this number comes with a measure of raspberry liqueur.

Hop Temple
Sit down for a glass of mulled wine or cider at this popular watering hole while you sing along to carols by the snow machine during their special Christmas in July every Wednesday night.

Design Exchange Market
Step outside of the cold and wander the Design Exchange Market this July 10-11 at the Ballarat Mining Exhcnage. Think heated floors, comfy lounges and delicious mulled wine to enjoy between browsing works from local independent designers and artists.

Wimmera Hills Winery
Exhausted after a long day of exploring and just want to relax in the bath with a warming red, maybe you’re out camping and want to impress your friends with a big serving of warm mulled wine….
Well, the crew at Wimmera Hill Winery have taken all the hard work out of making mulled wine with their easy to follow recipe and handmade Smoking Bishop syrup.

Whiskey & gin

Drink like Premier Daniel Andrews with a whiskey from “higher up the shelf” at Ballarat’s newest cocktail bar and social club.

18th Amendment Bar
When the guys behind this popular speakeasy-style bar opened the doors in Ballarat they unleased a menu of whimsical cocktails that has seen their cosy space filled to the brim every weekend.
Examine the menu and you’ll find an exclusive ‘Gold Fashioned – a gold labelled whiskey with sugars and bitters.

Roy Hammond
Order the ‘Usual Please’ and you’ll be served a refreshing glass of Kilderkin Larrikin Gin with fresh lime and lime zest.

The George Hotel
Exclusive to The George Hotel, the Little Lon Distilling Co’s Howe & Herring Gin is named after George Howe and Francis Herring, who opened the George Inn in 1853 after making their fortunes on the goldfields.
Inspired by the black tea and hard liquor copiously consumed by the prospectors of the day, this gin combines tea and strawberry gum for a contemporary take on the 1850s eucalyptus
flavour. Little Lon has also added a waft of lemon myrtle for lightness and smoked the gin to add that campsite nostalgia.


The City of Ballarat acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land we live and work on, the Wadawurrung and Dja Dja Wurrung People, and recognises their continuing connection to the land and waterways. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging and extend this to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People.