Mountain Pepperberry Spiced Pomegranate & Gin Cocktail

This cocktail recipe is perfectly balanced in every way. It’s tart, peppery and subtly sweet – incredibly refreshing and absolutely delicious too.  It features our sweet, peppery native Mountain Pepperberry, infused with pomegranate and lime juice and slightly sweetened with rice malt syrup. Mixed with a classic gin (or vodka), tonic or soda water and poured over ice cubes. It’s then finished with fresh pomegranate seeds, a couple of Mountain Pepperberries and a sprig of fresh thyme or rosemary. Perfect for Christmas day festivities or your New Year’s Eve cocktail party.


Mountain Pepperberry Spiced Pomegranate Syrup

  1. Combine all ingredients in a small heavy based saucepan and bring to a gentle simmer over low heat. Simmer for 5 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly before placing in the refrigerator for at least 6 hours (or up to 24 hours) to allow the Mountain Pepperberry spice to infuse the syrup.
  3. Once the syrup is well infused, remove from refrigerator and place in a blender jug. Blend on high speed for 15 – 20 seconds. Scrape down the sides of the jug and repeat if necessary.
  4. Strain the liquid through a fine sieze into a small jug and set aside in the refrigerator until you’re ready to make your cocktail. Keep the pepperberry pulp for cooking.

Gin Cocktail

  1. Place the syrup, gin and tonic or soda water in a large 2 litre jug and mix well to combine.

To serve

  1. Pour into tumblers over ice cubes and garnish with pomegranate seeds and thyme or rosemary sprigs. Enjoy!

Recipe @jules_mckie for The Australian Superfood Co. Styling & photography @jules_mckie

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