Mitchell Driver is the Food and Beverage Manager at Rambutan, one of Townsville’s leading bars, restaurants and hostels. With a passion for making great drinks and
pairing them with fine meals, Mitchell shares his knowledge of the drops on the bar shelves this season.

Take advantage of the beautiful weather and the kind temperatures while you can. The overbearing heat has left us again, but only for a short while – so it’s time to join the crowds and come outside while it’s comfortable.

With temperatures expecting to get even cooler moving forward, here’s a few of my favourite drinks to take advantage of in the short period of winter that North Queensland allows us.

When the fireplace at Rambutan is finally turned on, this would be a beautiful drink to have in your hand while sitting on the couch and listening to some live music.

One of the world’s most recognised whisk(e)y distilleries, the Yamazaki Single Malt 12yo has been difficult to get, due to such high demand.

With its older brothers taking out various awards (some as prestigious as the world’s best whisk(e)y), it’s notability has climbed over the past few years.

It has beautiful aromas of dried fruit and honey that translates into a delicate, mellow taste with a lingering woody dry finish. When the fireplace at Rambutan is finally turned on, this would be a beautiful drink to have in your hand while sitting on the couch and listening to some live music on a Friday evening.


Truly a rum with a story, Sailor Jerry Caribbean Rum was a tribute to Norman “Sailor Jerry” Collins and the rum he used to make and drink as a US navy sailor.

Being a spiced rum, it has delicate notes of cinnamon, clove and vanilla with a lingering oak woodiness. Overall, it is quite a strong proof, but goes down
really smoothly and, in my opinion, is one of the best rums on the market for its price.

I enjoy Sailor Jerry’s neat – which is surprising for its price level. The spice and vanilla take away the burn but still warms you from the inside.

For those who prefer a mixer, it lends beautifully to fresh lime and ginger ale.


The Flaming Bull is one of our new cocktails using Red Bull products. The flavours of new release Red Bull products have been a surprisingly refreshing and tasty addition to some of our cocktails.

The Flaming Bull makes use of Bacardi Fuego, bitters, pineapple, Red Bull Tropical Edition, lime and mint.

Bacardi Fuego is a new line for us here at Rambutan and has become quite a popular flavour for cocktail additions and shots. Flavours of cinnamon, orange peel, and plum come to life with a peppery-kick finish. In this cocktail, the Fuego lends itself well to the fruitiness of the pineapple juice and Tropical Red Bull – but the cinnamon and pepper combine nicely to create a pleasant wintery drink.

With all that being said, enjoy the rest of the cool weather. Whether it be food, drink or anything else that makes your Townsville winter worth it. Go out and indulge (while you still have the chance)!

Rambutan is Australia’s first ever five-star ‘glampackers’ resort, providing accommodation to a multitude of travellers. Featuring an on-site restaurant led by a celebrity chef, with a Southern-American inspired menu (all under $30), and a rooftop pool and bar that reflects the resort’s charm and laid-back ambience.

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