Kick up the Kaffir





One of the first cocktails I ever tried making at home was a ‘Yule Mule’, a Christmas spin on the classic Moscow Mule; a cocktail made of vodka, ginger ale or ginger beer and lime juice. I still love this cocktail so much and so decided to try and do my own spin on it. There is no shortage of limes, ginger and kaffir lime up here, some of my favourite flavours. It’s thanks to these fantastic aspects of Darwin that keep me sane while I’m sitting here at 10.30pm in thirty five degree heat, getting eaten by mosquitoes….

Oh, and if you’re wondering about the name…think about a mule or donkey and what they are famous for…kicking right? Then add the kick of the ginger and a little bit of alliteration…I think it’s pretty clever, if I do say so myself.

Happy New Year everybody! It’s going to be a cracker!




Ginger and Kaffir Lime Syrup


150g ginger, thinly sliced (no need to peel)

3 cups water

1 1/2 cups sugar

5 kaffir lime leaves, thinly sliced

juice of 1/2 lemon


In a medium saucepan, on medium heat, combine the water and the sugar, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Add the remaining ingredients and bring to a simmer. Simmer, on low/medium for about 45mins to an hour. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Strain.

Keep in the fridge in a sealed jar.

Kick up the Kaffir

Serves 1


30ml vodka

45ml ginger and kaffir lime syrup

1/2 lime juiced

slice of lime, to serve


soda water


Place the ice in a tall glass. Pour over the vodka, syrup and lime juice. Top with soda water and garnish with the slice of lime. Stir.




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