March 16, 2022 The Festival Team

Take your tastebuds on a cocktail tour

Wellington is spoiled for choice with its cocktail bar scene! Our local bartenders are all incredibly talented and imaginative when it comes to creating concoctions that embellish our memories. Here are a couple of tipples that have caught our attention. From newly released cocktail lists to old classics, you'll be sure to find the perfect concoction to send off summer in style.

Pandan Express

At Dragonfly you can take a trip on the Pandan Express, a deliciously exotic cocktail using Dragonfly Gin, chambord, lemon,Pandan syrup and raspberries. The team created this cocktail when they  launched Dragonfly Gin in December 2021. Our gin has opulent notes of mandarin, the freshness of Hinoki and undertones of ginger, which perfectly compliment Chambord and the house made Pandan syrup. Add the zesty raspberries and it makes a simply delicious cocktail.

Location: 70 Courtenay Place, Te Aro
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Josephine's Secret

Shhh…don’t say you heard it from us but you can wrap your lips around Josephine's Secret at Crumpet this month. She features Cognac, Amer Picon, Cherry heering, Maraschino and sweetened vanilla cream float. At Crumpet they change the menus monthly, and highlight two seasonal or local ingredients. Josephine's Secret highlights cherry and was created by one of our very talented barmen, Stephan Dolders. He wanted to bring guests to a pastime of front porch gossip, a bit of brandy and a cherry pie with your favorite Aunt Josephine.

Location: 109 Manners Street, Te Aro
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The Calypso

Hideout their Cocktail of the Moment is The Calypso! The Calypso is a beautiful blend of dark and white rum, passion fruit, grapefruit and lime. Topped off with a dash of bitters and some fresh mint to garnish, this cocktail is the perfect mixture; strong, sweet and sharp. Not to forget the presentation in the signature Hideout skull glass, the Calypso is one of the most fun and funky cocktails of the moment!

Location: 11C Courtenay Place, Te Aro
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Velveteen Negroni

Coco Coffee Martini


C.G.R Merchants have launched two delicious cocktails that are very much of the moment. The Velveteen Negroni which features carrot cake-infused gin, campari, sweet vermouth, amontillado sherry, & orange peel. If you like things a little coco-nutty opt for their Coco Coffee Martini made with coconut & chocolate-infused rum, cold brew coffee, averna amaro, & sesame oil.

Location: 44 Courtenay Place, Te Aro

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