Unveiling Holiday Cheer: The Ugly Duckling’s Limited-Edition Christmas Cocktails

Drink, Melbourne / 2 November 2023

Holiday Spirits at Your Fingertips

As the holiday season descends upon us, Melbourne’s famed cocktail haven, The Ugly Duckling, has launched two distinctive bottled Christmas cocktails. Known for an extensive repertoire of artisanal drinks, the Richmond-based establishment steps it up a notch this festive season. And yes, they offer nationwide delivery.

The Gift of Seasonal Flavours

Devised by their talented mixologists—dubbed here as ‘bartender elves’—these bottled cocktails join a prestigious line of signature and classic drinks. What sets them apart? Their ability to evoke the very essence of Christmas. Named ‘Gingerbread Man’ and ‘Candy Cane,’ these beverages aim to stir your holiday soul.

The ‘Gingerbread Man’ combines Christmas-spiced rum with aromatic notes of cinnamon, cloves, and star anise. Add a dash of amaretto, house-made ginger syrup, and a whisper of caramel, and you’ve got yourself a trip down memory lane. On the flip side, ‘Candy Cane’ blends vodka with Menthe Pastille and Marionette Crème de Cassis, rounded off by a splash of mint and raspberry syrup. Together, they form a dynamic duo set to thrill both cocktail enthusiasts and Christmas revelers alike.


A Bottle Full of Memories

For co-founders David Abela and Andrew Ryan, it’s not just about the drink; it’s about the experience. “The concept was to evoke nostalgia, encapsulating Christmas memories within a bottle,” Abela stated. Andrew Ryan echoed this sentiment, emphasizing the emotional impact of a well-crafted cocktail.

Raise the Bar This Christmas

If you fancy yourself an at-home mixologist, you’re in luck. These cocktails offer a delightful platform to showcase your garnish game. Consider adorning them with maraschino cherries, a dusting of sugar, or even crushed candy canes.

How to Indulge In The Ugly Duckling’s Christmas Cocktails

Yearning for your old favourites? Fear not, The Ugly Duckling hasn’t forgotten its classics. Their timeless drinks like Classic Negroni, Old Fashioned, and Dry Gin Martini are just a click away. As for the Christmas specials, they can be savoured in-house or in the comfort of your home. They are available for purchase as a two-pack for $85.

So this holiday season, embrace the festive spirit—bottled, delivered, and ready to pour. Visit their website to place an order and bring a dash of Christmas cheer to your celebrations.