Refreshing Fridays: Head Down Under for A Kangaroo Cocktail

- Melanie Zieba,

kangaroo-cocktailWhen it comes to cocktails, one of the great books on the subject, “The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks” reminds us that the original vodka martini was actually called the Kangaroo Cocktail making it a perfect drink to head down under with.

Although Australia is best known for its amazing wine, (and there’s lots of it) for those really rough Fridays, a Kangaroo Cocktail will defiantly take the edge off in a hurry.

Make your own Kangaroo Cocktail:

1 ½ oz Vodka
½ oz Vermouth

Pour ingredients into an ice filled martini shaker and strain into a martini glass. Add a lemon twist to serve if desired.

Some of the best luxury hotels in Australia to get an amazing Kangaroo Cocktail:


Lake House:
Perfect for relaxing and resting, Lake House is a luxury boutique inn that sits right on the shores of beautiful Lake Daylesford. The Inn is surrounded by six acres of garden, really giving guests an intimate, secluded environment. Stay in the Waterfront Suites for a really special occasion as they have balconies overlooking the lake and lagoon.


Bedarra Island:
If you love modern design, diving and snorkeling, you won’t want to be anywhere else than Bedarra Island Resort. Consisting of 16 luxury villas surrounded by the rainforest, suites are open-plan and have floor-to-ceiling windows. A few of the villas have their own plunge pools, so be sure to ask about this when you book your stay here!


Lilianfels Blue Mountain Resort & Spa:
Housed in a historic country house set amidst two acres of manicured gardens and surrounded by breathtaking views, the Lilianfels Blue Mountain Resort & Spa is designed to put you at ease. Awarded as one of the top hotels in Australia by Travel + Leisure, this is also a great getaway for food lovers with their onsite restaurant Darley’s recently winning the Regional Restaurant of the Year award for 2009.


Lyall Hotel and Spa:
As one of Melbourne’s only privately owned five-star hotels, the Lyall Hotel in Spa is a chic boutique hotel located in the heart of South Yarra, one of the worlds most fashionable and cosmopolitan destinations. Each spacious suite offers exclusive custom-made furniture along with all the modern amenities and each floor features a mini art gallery showcasing original, local works.


Longitude 131°:
Found right next to the Aboriginal site of Uluru, Longitude 131° Lodge is the perfect boutique camping experience travelers to Australia’s unique Northern Territory will be looking for. You’ll experience sunset at the famous Ayers Rock and will enjoy “roughing it” in one of 15 luxury tents. Keep in mind that tents are equipped with all the conveniences  you’ll need – everything from air condition to iPod docking stations.


The Richardson Hotel & Spa:
Designed by renowned London architect Sir Terry Farrell, The Richardson Hotel & Spa is one of Perth’s best luxury boutique hotels. Enjoy the beautiful city vies from your private balcony or dine in their exclusive restaurant Opus for inventive cuisine using one the finest West Australian market fresh ingredients.


Lizard Island:
Remote, gorgeous and sunny, Lizard Island Resort and Spa is an excellent spot to enjoy diving on the Great Barrier Reef. Lizard Island also has an excellent spa! Rooms here boast amazing views of the reef, and all of them have beach access. Guests here can charter the resort’s 51-foot yacht for some time on the water.


Establishment Hotel:
The Establishment Hotel is a luxurious boutique hotel close to many of Sydney’s fabulous hot spots. If you are looking for a good time, come here and enjoy anyone of Establishments seven bars or hit the dance floor at the ever so popular Tank Nightclub.


qualia Great Barrier Reef:
You’ll find qualia Great Barrier Reef on Hamilton Island, which is just off of Australia’s Queensland coast. Get in some serious world-class diving at this resort, and a whole host of other water activities: kayaking, yachting, sailing a hobie cat – you name it. The view is what makes qualia Great Barrier Reef really stand out, so be sure to spend some time just watching the horizon.


The Observatory Hotel:
Located right in the heart of Sydney, The Observatory Hotel is a world class getaway that offers an amazing five star restaurant and a wonderfully indulgent day spa. If you and your loved one are planning a romantic escape, this luxury hotel lets you customize your stay making sure that your visit is no less than perfect.

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