Best Alternative Drinks in Australia

  1. With an agave and smoky saline spark, this has a nice mezcal feel to it that sits well on the palate like a freshly made cocktail at your favourite Mexican joint.

    01. The Everleigh Bottling Co. - Palomita, Spritzed cocktail

    State: Victoria Category: Ready to Drink
  2. Brewed hibiscus tea on the nose that carries through to the palate with rich cranberry and red fruit flavours. Very creative and well balanced.

    02. NON - NON7 - Stewed Cherry & Coffee

    State: Victoria Category: Ready to Drink
  3. Hazy, light straw colour with tart, sour lemon on the palate. Dry, sour, and astringent. A wonderfully traditional interpretation of alcoholic lemonade.

    03. Sparkke - Hard Lemonade

    State: South Australia Category: Hard Lemonade
  4. 04. Four Pillars Gin - Double Barrel Negroni

    State: New South Wales Category: Ready to Drink
  5. Rich, boozy and warming with an intricately layered profile of toffee, dulce de leche and salted caramel. Picture cigars and wood fires. Menthol and anise complement powerful but pleasant tobacco notes.

    05. Taylor & Smith x Dier Makr - Taylor & Smith x Dier Makr // Hanky Panky

    State: Tasmania Category: Ready to Drink
  6. Peaches! Mangoes! Great bitterness, quenching AF, with strong tropical fruit tones on the nose. Well-rounded on the palate. Can taste the flesh. Peachy keen.

    06. Wavee Hard Seltzer - Mango

    State: New South Wales Category: Hard Seltzer
  7. Champagne-like appearance, mixed berry upfront and good length. Candied lemon on the nose and drinks like your favourite soft drink giant’s lemonade.

    07. Local Beverages - Spiked Iced Tea - Lemon

    State: New South Wales Category: Hard Seltzer
  8. Light pink blush in colour. Nice effervescence that fills the palate. Drinkable. Fresh light berries. Some lingering tannins.

    08. Sunlight Liquor - Gums & Roses Sparkling Mead

    State: South Australia Category: Mead
  9. Perfect clarity, lime juice and lemon zest with some fruit tingle vibes. Refreshing.

    09. Sunny Eddy - Sunny Eddy Gin Seltzer Lime & Cucumber

    State: New South Wales Category: Hard Seltzer
  10. The white grapefruit, white peach and nectarine takes you back to a childhood favourite - Sherbies. There's so much fun dancing around in this glass.

    10. Halo Alchoholic Kombucha - Mango Peach

    State: New South Wales Category: Alcoholic Kombucha

Category Winners


Alcoholic Kom

  1. 01.

    Halo Alchoholic Kombucha - Mango Peach

    State: New South Wales

    TASTING NOTES:
    The white grapefruit, white peach and nectarine takes you back to a childhood favourite - Sherbies. There's so much fun dancing around in this glass.


Hard Lemonade

  1. 01.

    The Welder's Dog Brewery - Pea Blossom Lemonade

    State: New South Wales

    TASTING NOTES:
    Very appealing purple hazy colour with candied lemon curd tart on the nose that carries through to palate. So, well balanced.

  2. 02.

    Sparkke - Hard Lemonade

    State: South Australia

    TASTING NOTES:
    Hazy, light straw colour with tart, sour lemon on the palate. Dry, sour, and astringent. A wonderfully traditional interpretation of alcoholic lemonade.


Mead

  1. 01.

    Erosion Meadery - By Cole - Sparkling Blueberry and Wildflower Mead

    State: Western Australia

    TASTING NOTES:
    Light in colour with a green tinge. A rich and heady bouquet. Rich in phenolic texture with gentle acidity.

  2. 02.

    Sunlight Liquor - Gums & Roses Sparkling Mead

    State: South Australia

    TASTING NOTES:
    Light pink blush in colour. Nice effervescence that fills the palate. Drinkable. Fresh light berries. Some lingering tannins.

  3. 03.

    Sunlight Liquor - Sparkling Orange Blossom Mead

    State: South Australia

    TASTING NOTES:
    Honey and chamomile on the nose. Light straw colour. Medium palate weight that is light on acid with a sweet finish.

  4. 04.

    Sunlight Liquor - Sparkling Coastal Mead

    State: South Australia

    TASTING NOTES:
    Pale green apple flesh colour. Effervescent honey notes on the nose. Drinks dry with a bit of spritz and finishes with a hint of honey.

  5. 05.

    Erosion Meadery - Normie Session Traditional Mead

    State: Western Australia

    TASTING NOTES:
    Clear, light straw ambrosia with an alluring, waxy bouquet of roses and geranium. Lighter bodied with subtle honey sweetness with pleasant savoury character. Well balanced with very light fizz.


Seltzer

  1. 01.

    Wavee Hard Seltzer - Mango

    State: New South Wales

    TASTING NOTES:
    Peaches! Mangoes! Great bitterness, quenching AF, with strong tropical fruit tones on the nose. Well-rounded on the palate. Can taste the flesh. Peachy keen.

  2. 02.

    Local Beverages - Spiked Iced Tea - Lemon

    State: New South Wales

    TASTING NOTES:
    Champagne-like appearance, mixed berry upfront and good length. Candied lemon on the nose and drinks like your favourite soft drink giant’s lemonade.

  3. 03.

    Sunny Eddy - Sunny Eddy Gin Seltzer Lime & Cucumber

    State: New South Wales

    TASTING NOTES:
    Perfect clarity, lime juice and lemon zest with some fruit tingle vibes. Refreshing.

  4. 04.

    5PM - Grapefruit Hard Seltzer

    State: Victoria

    TASTING NOTES:
    Perfect clarity. Tangy grapefruit. Long finish that has the sweetness in check.

  5. 05.

    DELVI - Blood Orange Passion

    State: New South Wales

    TASTING NOTES:
    Crystal clear appearance, smells like orange confectionery with a slight passionfruit kick. Sweetness is nicely balanced. Love this.

  6. 06.

    5PM - Watermelon Hard Seltzer

    State: Victoria

    TASTING NOTES:
    Melons and tinned pineapple on the nose. Lychee, watermelon and cucumber flavours on the palate but with a round natural taste overall. Drinks very easy.

  7. 07.

    Local Beverages - Spiked Iced Tea - Peach

    State: New South Wales

    TASTING NOTES:
    Pale straw colour. A confectionery-like aroma of pear, green apple that carries through to the palate. For those who like it sweet.


RTD

  1. 01.

    The Everleigh Bottling Co. - Palomita, Spritzed cocktail

    State: Victoria

    TASTING NOTES:
    With an agave and smoky saline spark, this has a nice mezcal feel to it that sits well on the palate like a freshly made cocktail at your favourite Mexican joint.

  2. 02.

    NON - NON7 - Stewed Cherry & Coffee

    State: Victoria

    TASTING NOTES:
    Brewed hibiscus tea on the nose that carries through to the palate with rich cranberry and red fruit flavours. Very creative and well balanced.

  3. 03.

    Taylor & Smith x Dier Makr - Taylor & Smith x Dier Makr // Hanky Panky

    State: Tasmania

    TASTING NOTES:
    Rich, boozy and warming with an intricately layered profile of toffee, dulce de leche and salted caramel. Picture cigars and wood fires. Menthol and anise complement powerful but pleasant tobacco notes.

  4. 04.

    Batch & Co - Noosa Spritz (Double Grapefruit & Rose)

    State: Victoria

    TASTING NOTES:
    Ruby red grapefruit, Red Ripper lollies, and slightly vegetal. Really digging the balance backed by some punchy red citrus.

  5. 05.

    SOFI Aperitivo - SOFI Aperitivo - Pink Grapefruit & Lavender

    State: New South Wales

    TASTING NOTES:
    Rhubarb confection, candy floss and toffee apple. The sweetness is absolutely there but the heat makes you do a double take.

  6. 06.

    The Everleigh Bottling Co. - Palomita, Spritzed cocktail

    State: Victoria

    TASTING NOTES:
    With an agave and smoky saline spark, this has a nice mezcal feel to it that sits well on the palate like a freshly made cocktail at your favourite Mexican joint.

  7. 07.

    Batch & Co - Strawberry Daiquiri

    State: Victoria

    TASTING NOTES:
    Yellow peach nose. Beautiful texture and well balanced flavours. A summer drink that will be even more delicious with added soda.

  8. 08.

    Taylor & Smith x Dier Makr - Taylor & Smith x Dier Makr // Army & Navy

    State: Tasmania

    TASTING NOTES:
    Citrusy and makes your mouth salivate. Great hard lemonade alternative. Piney and great base gin flavour.

  9. 09.

    Batch & Co - Brighton Spritz (Pear Fig & Pinot Grigio)

    State: Victoria

    TASTING NOTES:
    Multi-dimensional with intriguing stone fruit aromas, white peaches and a hint of apricot. A little dry with a good alcohol kick.

  10. 10.

    Artillery - Oolong Gin Tea

    State: Victoria

    TASTING NOTES:
    Stands out. You instantly take notice as it’s full of body with fragrant Earl Gray and hints of honey and citrus. But is a tad too sparkly and fantastical and could be toned down a bit. Works well as a post dinner treat.