There's always an Italian Restaurant Nearby

Do the Italians cook better or is it the way they cook food with such panache and love that makes it the go-to cuisine for the majority during winter? Be it for romance or a good old fashioned family affair, Italian cuisine embraces you and takes you on a journey of culinary delight.  

On Thursday June 2, Italians celebrate Italy’s National Day, which commemorates the creation of the new Italian Republic in 1946. The colours of the Italian flag stand for hope, faith and charity; however many comprehend the colours differently, green could stand for hope, hills or olives, white for faith, mountains or garlic and red for charity, independence or tomatoes. No matter which way you comprehend the Italian colours they can be seen in most Italian dishes - think a delicious bowl of al dente pasta in ruby red sauce with garlic, olives and Parmesan!

Unparalleled in its popularity, Italian cuisine certainly warms the heart in the dead of winter when nothing tastes better than a steaming hot dish of penne, ox heart tomato and oregano, with a sweet finisher of strawberry cannoli. If these are already making your mouth water, you can thank Guy Grossi, king of Italian cuisine.   

Italian is delectable to cook at home but if you’re looking for refined, traditional Italian cuisine no matter where you are in Australia; there’s always an Italian restaurant nearby. We’ve picked a few of our favourites across the country to set you on your Italian adventure.   

Milano Torino, Rosebery NSW - homemade spinach chlorophyll spaghettini with bottarga and razor clams.

Chef hat awarded Grossi Florentino, headed by the one and only Guy Grossi brings you a menu that showcases refined Italian dishes presented with immense love and care. Be inspired by delectable delights such as toothfish with lardo, tomato, clams, sea herbs and spinach as well as authentic favourites like duck tortellini with porcini, peak and suck sugo. 

In the south of Sydney sits Albi’s Table on Cronulla Street, a sleek restaurant with an Italian accent and homely ambiance wowing locals and visitors alike with their mouth-watering cuisine and inventive desserts.

Wooing Brisbane diners since 1992, Il Centro lures them back year after year with innovative modern Italian cuisine. Using the finest Queensland produce, Il Centro impresses with their legendary Sand Crab lasagne.

Indulge in Italian splendour at the award-winning Assaggio Ristorante, a star on the Adelaide dining scene. Sitting right at home in cosmopolitan Hyde Park, this fine dining luminary is impeccably styled with urban elegance that is balanced with brown leather chairs, tables adorned with white linen and warm tones that create an intimate dining ambiance. 

Unpretentious but utterly enjoyable is Perugino Italian restaurant in West Perth, boasting a traditional menu of fresh, hearty and flavoursome dishes. Enjoy pillows of green pasta filled with roast duck and served in a carrot and onion sauce or perhaps classic dishes such as eye fillet of beef double crumbed, panfried medium rare and served in a bed of porcini mushrooms will be more to your taste. 

For ambient dining in Narrabundah, Canberra, La Cantina Restaurant offers a charming venue, discreetly tucked away off Iluka Street and filled with old world glamour. Locals in the know and the occasional politician sip coffee from a family roast dating back to 1909 and browse a menu of indulgent Italian fare, inspired by traditional dishes, featuring hearty favourites and modern specialties. 

For more restaurant suggestions from AGFG that are geographically closer to you, check out our recommendations here

Italian Flavours for Home

This time of the year is one of our favourites, where we celebrate all things Italian in the lead up to Italy’s National Day on June 2. Be enamoured with some of our favourite recipes from MasterChef finalist, Laura Cassai to Lombardian favourites from Alessandro Pavoni and Roberta Muir. 

1) Delve into Johnny Di Francesco’s pizza con vongole from his book “World’s Best Pizza.”

2) Laura Cassai’s creative flair was one of the reasons the MasterChef judges fell in love with her cooking, and this recipe of Chestnut Forest “A Modern Tiramisu” is a culmination of all her creativity in one dish.

3) Everyone loves the deliciously fluffy texture of gnocchi and Laura’s rolled gnocchi with porcini mushrooms, caramelised onions and crispy sage epitomises the words, “like eating a cloud.”

4) The second-most populous city in Italy inspires this delicious Apple Pie recipe by Alessandro Pavoni and Roberta Muir.

5) Gnocchi, gnocchi, gnocchi – it’s the epitome of delicious Italian cuisine and we couldn’t go past sharing this recipe for pumpkin gnocchi with gorgonzola sauce by Alessandro and Roberta. 

6) A classic Italian appetiser, arancini, is a delicious deep fried morsel of risotto rice. 

Luca's Italian Inspired Seasonal Journey

“You can tell a lot about a chef from the dishes that are close to his or her heart. In the case of Luca Ciano, the recipes that he has included in his first book reveal many things.” – Foreword by Stefano Manfredi. 

Colourful cookbook, Luca’s Seasonal Journey is a first for renowned International Chef, Luca Ciano, where a collection of warm and delightful recipes guided by the seasons are deeply ingrained with the love and respect Luca has for his family.

Growing up at the apron strings of his mother and grandmother, Luca was already experimenting in the kitchen at the age of eight, and has since found success travelling worldwide to conquer cuisines from afar, though his heart remains with his Italian roots and comes as the inspiration for this charming cookbook.

Readers can immerse themselves in all-weather cooking from start to finish in chapters sectioned by seasonal changes. Luca hints that making the most of the freshest ingredients growing just around the corner is as easy as finding those who supply it; these are the passionate people at farmers markets as well as those hidden behind mountains of apples, oranges, pumpkins and potatoes at the local grocer. Just ask them a few quick questions and they are sure to spare a moment to share with you their knowledge of everything in supply, from paddock to shelves and into your open hands. Not only does this help you find produce at a cheaper price when it is in full swing of flourishing, it also gives back support to the local community, families who work and live nearby and rely on your hunger for their meals too. 

Honey roasted figs and prosciutto bruschetta with burrata, p. 102. 

Taking heed of the importance of seasonality, Luca guides readers towards selecting the best produce at the right time of year, when it is ripe and most flavoursome to the palate. Catching the travel bug, Luca’s adventurous spirit and thirst for more has seen him journey to twenty of Italy’s provincial regions, seeking an experience of cultural diversity within his home country. Each region of Italy projects its own character through individualised cooking styles, a variation of popular ingredients best suited to grow in the climate and the techniques with which to produce fine dishes that have the rest of the world drooling. Sharing the identity of each region, Luca provides recipes both inherited and learned from true, tried and tested methods in synchronisation with quality and taste.

A meal can both affect and reflect a mood, rolling with the changes in weather to create the desired outcome. Food can be used to cheer yourself up, cool yourself down, refresh, revive and reward. Different times of the year call for different meals, offering fresh, light vibrant dishes in spring through to heavy dense meals to get you through rough winters. Should Spring surprise with a sudden and unexpected cold snap day, deny yourself a miserable mood and dive into the hot comfort of Beetroot Tagliatelle with a mouth-watering Duck Ragu, instead - a hearty dish for the season that uses what’s fresh to the garden. Should you be lucky enough to have luscious figs growing nearby through the heat of long summer days, indulge with a delicate plate of Honey Roasted Figs and Prosciutto Bruschetta with Burrata and be sure to cool off with a pineapple sorbet and pineapple crisps. 

The rustic warmth from page to page is sure to prove an inviting grab for those who flip the pages, whether picking it up for the first time and finding inspiration for tonight’s dinner, using it as a day-to-day cookbook, or simply referring back when needing a reminder of best thing to cook in that moment and season with everything that’s around you. 

By Julie Johnson. 

Recipes and images from Luca's Seasonal Journey by Luca Ciano, published by New Holland Publishers, RRP $49.99. 

Flavours of Sicily

Follow ravenous culinary desires to the heart of Flavours of Sicily, a vivacious cookbook by Ursula Ferrigno, a much-acclaimed food writer and chef who embodies the Italian and Mediterranean zest for good food made from fresh, natural ingredients.

Explore through the intricately shaped landscapes of an extraordinary island to discover new flavours as Ursula guides the path. Take note as she unveils the incredible cultural legacy of Sicily, having adapted through a range of diverse influences that each left their mark in turn, on the land, the people and the food. Immerse yourself in each page of Flavours of Sicily, hearing tell of this beautiful miss-mash melting pot, attributed to having once been occupied by the Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Normans and Spaniards.

The land itself pulses with character and a spirited energy through all things. While volcanic soils have been kept fertile by mineral rich ashes; a sub-tropical climate and the nourishing sunshine are just a few of the secret ingredients of delicious Sicilian cuisine. The other component to sumptuous Italian dishes is the people, continuing an unwavering passion and enjoyment for eating, drinking and merriment. Here, both people and cuisine are bright and earthy, the result of a saturation under the intensity of a Sicilian sun. 

Black fig, mozzarella and basil salad, p.43.  

Find a recipe to suit any appetite, palate and culinary ability, though consider every dish a sacred story of dedication to heritage. A snack as seemingly simple as arancini balls are not only stuffed with rice, but with the history of the person who gave it life. Taste the legacy, a hint of this and that in every bite. Everywhere you turn in Sicilian streets, these tasty morsels appear, bouncing before the eyes in a layer of golden crunch that gives way to a luscious heaven, or in other words, a mouthful of tantalising flavours that are best enjoyed with eyes closed, face turned toward a cloudless sky. Experiment in sizes and fillings, beginning with the recipe for Filled Risotto Croquettes, Arancini di Riso, with a pinch of saffron, a shaving of Pecorino, a handful of ham, and the ever-present tomato. 

Black Fig, Mozzarella and Basil Salad – do as the Italians do. When in the height of fig season, Sicilians overflow kitchens in every available space with this handsome fruit, creating a fig-fest frenzy from entree through to dessert. Find this salad a decadent side to other dishes or reserve it as a stand-alone first course dish. When preparing figs to serve in a shared setting, presentation is everything, so be sure to face them with deeply coloured seeds showing outwards and a generous drizzling of high quality extra virgin olive oil.

The family, or dinner party friends will love scooping up a helping of Braised Lemon Chicken onto their plates. Light in flavours, this feast can easily be enjoyed by all and will likely become a popular main meal in your cooking routines.

Feel eagerness build the deeper you delve, with inspiration dawning time and time again as new elements are uncovered and after losing yourself, re-immerse with a newfound passion for divine Italian gastronomy.

By Annabel Rainsford.  

This is an edited extract from Flavours Of Sicily by Ursula Ferrigno published by RPS RRP $45.00 and is available in stores nationally from May 1, 2016. 

A Vegetarian, Italian Dream

Believing in the value of home cooking, Veronica Lavenia has created The Vegetarian Italian Kitchen - an inviting cookbook to keep handy on the kitchen shelf. Sharing her culture and knowledge of simple and stunning, Veronica knows and understands the raw ingredients first-hand, having grown up in Italy surrounded by the vibrancy of Sicily’s flourishing culture and cuisine. 

From a young age, Veronica learned to cook in a conscious way, remaining aware of produce seasonality, origin and the history that comes with traditional Italian dishes. Rather than always cooking for need as a means to an end, The Vegetarian Italian Kitchen is a sharing of recipes designed for want, to provide a hearty dish that not only will be nutritious and filling, but also a delightful and flavoursome journey both for the at-home cook in the comfort of a well-worn kitchen, and for those waiting patiently, legs swinging perched on the kitchen bench seeking to taste test the final results.

Following a passion for Italian cuisine, inspired by vibrant colours and the aromas of traditional family dishes, Veronica helps readers get back to basics and begin with nourishing combinations that please tastes and satisfy appetites. For a touch of decadence, whether nibbling on this while sipping a thick Italian hot chocolate, throwing back a strong espresso on a morning tea break or serving it to dinner guests at the end of a feast, create a tempting log of Chocolate Salami, sure to have your friends and family asking for a cheeky second serve. Do your best to get your hands around a bottle of Marsala dessert Sicilian wine – it will make this recipe extra special, and the chocolate salami may become a signature dish for you to be known by among your inner-circle.

Asparagus and zucchini cake, p. 156.  

It is apparent the seasons have taken a turn for warmer weather when asparagus starts to appear back on the shelves. Pick up a bunch or two with some plump zucchinis, a duo of eggs and source some Parmigiano from your local gourmet delicatessen to put together this scrumptious Asparagus and Zucchini Cake. The perfect midday meal with a small side salad, and enjoyable both hot and cold, this versatile dish can be transported to school, to the office or even on Sunday picnics at the local park. Everyone from the kids to the grandparents will love the smooth transition of flavours from bite to bite and you’ll love creating this fool proof healthy meal.

Obtained from the pulp of coconut flesh, coconut flour is a great way to lower gluten intake, so feel guilt-free when snacking on these tasty little Coconut Cakes and sharing them with friends. A great summery treat, these cute cakes can be made into party treats with a bit of decoration, or left simple and rustic with just a sprinkling of flakes on top. Bake until an alluring golden brown hue and pack a few extra into the kids’ lunchboxes to divide among lucky school friends.

Encapsulating the enthusiasm of an Italian lifestyle, The Vegetarian Italian Kitchen is an easy and convenient guide to keep nearby, whether flipping through day-by-day or using as inspiration for a week’s cooking ahead. Find something the whole family can enjoy, or create a sneaky treat to hide up and away from arm’s reach - the choice is yours with this delightful collection.

By Annabel Rainsford.  

Recipes and images from the Vegetarian Italian Kitchen by Veronica Lavenia, published by New Holland Publishers Australia, RRP $40.00.  

A Riesling to Cellar for 20 Years

By David Ellis from vintnews 


We’ve long sung the praises of Merlot as a wine that goes so well with such a diversity of dining options, and one we had a few glasses of recently simply further fortified our love of this oh-so-enjoyable little drop. 


Focus of that recent attention was a 2013 Weemala label from Logan Wines in NSW’s Central Ranges, and made up of 60% fruit from the company’s vineyards at Orange that gave it its juicy blueberry flavours, and the remaining 40% from Mudgee that added nice suggestions of boysenberry fruit to the glass. 


Owner and senior winemaker, Peter Logan says he pruned developing fruit bunches early in the growing season to keep yields per vine low, being a firm believer that Merlot is one of those varietals that does not like being overcropped. “2013 was an ideal vintage in the Central Ranges for red wines generally,” he says. 


“Being sunny and marginally warmer than average with no excess rain, after what we’d had to do in the vineyards it resulted in full-flavoured fruit with ripe tannins – so that the wine essentially made itself out there in those vineyards.” 


With those nice soft, yet juicy blueberry and boysenberry characters, this is a lovely drop to enjoy with quite a diverse range of foods from roast pork loin, to even salmon or a lighter-style lamb-based shepherd’s pie on a winter’s night – and the more so with its $19.95 price tag. 


One to note: Tim Adams believes that Rieslings from the Clare Valley are most enjoyable when drunk young and zesty, or alternatively left until they’ve had five years or more in the bottle to develop almost-trademark complex toasty honey and bloom characters. 


While we’re suggesting that, a 2010 Clare Valley Reserve Riesling that Tim’s just released is a wonderful drop to buy-now and enjoy-now, we’re also right behind him when he says that here’s one that’s worth tucking away in ideal conditions to enjoy in anything up to 20 years down the track – yes, that’s around mid-2036. But if that’s too far away, pay $29 now and enjoy with fresh-shucked oysters or other seafood.



Top Spots in the Snowy Mountains

The Australian Ski Season is nearly upon us! Some of the most popular areas for skiing and all things snow in Australia are Perisher and Thredbo, however Falls Creek,  Mt BullerCharlotte Pass, and Mt Hotham are also favourites. 

To help your decision on where to go this ski season, we have picked out a few of our favourites in the Snowy Mountains:

An enthralling alpine culture and awe-inspiring mountain terrain surrounds Rydges Thredbo Alpine Hotel located just metres away from the base of the Kosciuszko Express chairlift. Choose from 65 welcoming guest rooms suitable for anyone, from solo travellers, large families and groups of friends holidaying together. 

Enjoy a stay at The Denman Thredbo, a family run hotel dating back to 1962 with a focus on warm and friendly service. After immersing yourself in an alpine lifestyle; a day on the mountain starting at the chairlifts, just a stroll away, a drink at a local bar and a hearty hot meal in the onsite venue, Terrace Restaurant, head back to The Denman to unwind and enjoy a cosy night’s sleep in comfort and welcoming surrounds.

Cuisine on Lake Crackenback Restaurant & Bar offers a dining experience that can’t be missed when in the Snowy Mountains; their tranquil lakeside setting near Thredbo is picturesque, accentuated by floor to ceiling windows. Whether you’re staying at the resort or passing through, a leisurely dining experience at Cuisine will offer you country flavours based on the best produce.

Sitting at the foothills of the Snowy Mountain range, Courabyra Wines Restaurant offers up tantalising wines and taste bud tingling meals with a scenic alpine backdrop. A handful of old wine barrels are used as make-shift tables, surrounded by steel stools on a wide verandah, creating a place for visitors to easily mingle and enjoy a touch of sun and a glass of wine over a share platter in rustic surrounds.

For all those that love not only snow, but fishing too, spend a day out in nature and experience a family friendly fishing adventure in the Snowy Mountains at Eucumbene Trout Farm on Stoney Creek Road. Take a tour around the farm and learn about sustainability, management and licensing before enjoying a spot of fishing for trout on a privately stocked, six hectare lake. 

Want to know more about where to ski? Check out our Chill Factor – Australia’s Snow Scene article. 

Chill Factor - Australia's Snow Scene

Whatever the season there’s always an excuse to plan a trip, be it a weekender or full on holiday. Here we’ve compiled a comprehensive outline of cool places to stay when it’s cold outside and the snow’s finally falling, highlighting Australia's major downhill ski and snowboard destinations and popular cross country and backcountry areas.  Our abundant ski and snowboard slopes are ready and waiting for you to explore, as is the cross country terrain - so don't delay in booking your winter accommodation.

Always ask for ski packages because the majority of hotels and resorts, motels, chalets and cabins will offer a deal in association with major snowfields in their area.

Sitting at our desks, we’re all daydreaming about snow sports so a ski & snowboard retreat, offering awesome reprieve from day to day this and that - is just what the doctor ordered.  If you’re not already a die-hard powder junky, then do your research and feel inspired by all the adventurous possibilities that Mother Nature adorned in white has to offer - the bunny hill awaits so beginners, too, can always get into the ski craze.

Our ski and snowboard season officially starts on the second weekend of June; so let the games begin… by booking your accommodation. 

You’ll find downhill ski and snowboard resorts in Tasmania’s Launceston northeast, in the Snowy Mountains of New South Wales, and within the Victorian High Country

Mountains of Winter Ski Resorts

Tasmania:  Ben Lomond 

Your best bet for downhill skiing and snowboarding in Tasmania is Ben Lomond because it’s about an hour southeast of Launceston where places to stay are plentiful and après ski culture is abundant – luxury guesthouses, Edwardian accommodation, and motel lodges are amongst the possibilities. If you want to stay on the mountain, there is a main village offering all the amenities you’ll need.  

 Thredbo Alpine Village.  

New South Wales Snowy Mountains:  Thredbo, Perisher, Charlotte Pass & Selwyn

Thredbo and Perisher are promoted widely so most Australians are familiar with these popular downhill ski and snowboard mountains.  A myriad of accommodation options are available to you and your family in the town of Jindabyne, only 30 minutes’ drive from these two powdery destinations. Compared to staying on the mountain, it’s less expensive to book in town and this time of year there are early bird bargains and June long weekend specials to look out for.  

Lesser known Charlotte Pass is a winter gem; Australia’s only totally snowbound alpine village, it is in a convenient location just a bunny hob away from Mt Kosciuszko. Staying on the mountain certainly makes for a magical holiday and some packages promise a generous hot breakfast, lunch and a three course gourmet dinner.

Protected from the elements, Selwyn Snowfields are fantastic for beginners - so keep Mt Selwyn in mind. A handful of small towns sit at the base of the mountain where you and your family can comfortably situate yourselves in the evenings; these include CoomaAdaminabyBerridaleTumbarumba and Adelong.   

Mt. Buller.  

Victorian High Country:  Falls Creek, Mt Buller, Hotham & Dinner Plain

People love downhilling at Falls Creek, famous for ski-in, ski-out accommodation amidst the picturesque village full of restaurants, bars and clubs.  If Victorian High Country is your destination then do not overlook Mt Buller, a couple hours’ drive from Melbourne, perfect for a weekend quick trip whether you’re a city sophisticate or a YHA budget traveller.

If you’re after the hot action of Mt Hotham, you’ll find an accommodation trail mix of ski lodges and modern apartments to choose from. Ten minutes from Hotham you’ll also discover Dinner Plain snowfields, with characteristic fairytale stone and timber architecture among the snow gums and winter sports terrain. 

Victoria Gippsland Lakes – Mt Baw Baw

The closest resort to Melbourne, 2.5 hours from the international airport, Mt Baw Baw offers spectacular scenery and their numerous ski clubs contribute to that cosy resort feel and friendly atmosphere.  If you opt not to commute from Melbourne, Gippsland Lakes offers plenty of accommodation, including dwellings in nearby Traralgon and Warragul

Ski Chalet Stays and the Cross Country Scene

Discover Australia’s vast alternatives for snow lovers who can’t get enough of the great outdoors though are less adrenaline inclined.  You’ll find cross country ski and backcountry snowfields at many of the downhill destinations, though there are specific terrains designed solely for XC recreation. 

Cradle Mountain Lodge, Tasmania. 

Tasmania – Hobart Area

Tasmania’s Cradle Mountain region and Mount Field National Park, west of Hobart, are prime examples of XC mountains.  

New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory – via Snowy Mountains or Canberra 

On the main land you’ll find the Australian Alps national parks offering cross country ski options that are dually managed by NSW National Parks and ACT Parks & Wildlife, since much of the terrain lies on the state border.

Kosciusko National Park NSW main range, Jagungal Wilderness and Kiandra area offer XC terrain that is accessible through Snowy Mountain passageways or via Canberra, though the latter is a longer trek.  Neighboring Namadgi National Park ACT includes the Mount Ginini and Mount Franklin destinations, located just southwest of Canberra

Victoria – Yarra Valley and Gippsland access and Victoria High Country Options

Victoria is the XC state, offering a number of mountains with cross country terrain to explore.  You’ll find Lake Mountain is the closest ski resort to Melbourne and ample accommodation options are also available in nearby Yarra Valley; their snow experience includes an extensive world-class XC trail network. While in the Yarra, check out Mt Donna Buang to show the kids snow for the first time – it’s a nice, casual snow play area.   

Travelling through the Gippsland area you’ll have access to Mt St Gwinear situated in the Baw Baw National Park and offering idyllic XC terrain and snow play activity areas. 

Three hours from Melbourne, and 30 minutes’ drive from Mt Buller, you’ll discover Mt Stirling where 68km of well-maintained trails await you amidst Alpine Ash and Snow Gum woodlands.  Also worthy of exploration is Mt Buffalo, famous among backcountry ski touring groups because it offers limitless possibilities; for those who prefer a groomed network of XC terrain there are marked trails in their Cresta Valley and ski lessons available. 

Close your eyes to the picturesque vision of you with head held high, eyes cast to the sky where snowflakes are cascading down into the silver and white snowfield surroundings.  When booking winter accommodation, it’s best to keep in mind that everyone's after those sweeping mountainous views but they're yours for the taking… so plan in advance and book now to avoid disappointment.

Remember to book your winter accommodation early and look for June long weekend specials in Tasmania’s Launceston northeast, the Snowy Mountains of New South Wales, and Victorian High Country.  

4 Slow Cooking Recipes You Must Try Tonight

As we celebrate the colder weather and Australia moving into snow season, we’ve put together four of our favourite slow cooker recipes you need to try this season (or tonight). 

Warm up for breakfast, lunch and dinner and give your taste buds a treat – move over acai bowls, pulled pork and lamb are trending this season.

1)  Move over spaghetti, stracci with braised lamb ragu thanks to Chef Curtis Stone, is in town! This is a delicious family-style pasta, let your taste buds explore the falling-off-the-bone tomato-braised slow cooked lamb and enjoy the rusticity of the stracci pasta.

2) For those that love spice, delve into pulled pork chilli with paprika, thyme, garlic, salsa, chilli and cumin! Just what you need when the weather starts turning south.

3) There’s no better way than waking up to a warm quinoa and chia porridge on a cold Sunday morning and thanks to Olivia Andrews, you can do just that with this recipe. 

4) For the traditionalists among us, enjoy this slow cooker lamb and pumpkin curry – the epitome of winter dining. 

Snow Melting Cocktails

There’s nothing better than sitting by the fire sipping a warming alcoholic cocktail, while all things wet and cold cover the fields around your ski lodge. If you’re not particularly interested in snow season – then just enjoy these for the alcohol. Here are our suggestions to melt the snow this season: 


1. Hangman’s Noose – this is a delicious concoction of red wine, black tea, cinnamon and sugar – all you have to do is simmer and pour.

2. Coconut Snowball – we couldn’t go past this theme appropriate cocktail, although not warm, the vodka, Malibu rum and Blue Curacao should do the trick.

3. Chocolate Malted Martini – vodka, chocolate liqueur, cream and crushed Maltesers – this is a staple we remind you about every winter, please make it and spam us with its deliciousness. 

4. Baileys Hot Chocolate – an oldie but a goodie, this is a simple hot chocolate spiked with Original Baileys Irish Cream liqueur, you can’t go wrong! 

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