The Dickens cocktail by Barossa Distilling Co

The Dickens Cocktail

This is a great cocktail for the Winter months. Inspired by a similar concoction made by the Charles Dickens character Mr Micawber, it made his “face shine as if it had been varnished all over”!

Serves // 2-3 people


  • 1 Cup of Barossa Generations Gin
  • 1 Cup of Tawny Port (We have used Dutschke Bourbon Barrel Tawny
    for that extra layer of flavour)
  • Juice of 1 Lemon
  • Juice of 1/2 an Orange
  • 1 Whole Orange segment
  • 1/2 Pineapple ring, peeled and cored (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon of brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of honey
  • 1 whole stick of cinnamon
  • 5 Cloves
  • A pinch of finely grated Nutmeg

To Garnish:

  • 1 Cinnamon Stick
  • A little grated Nutmeg (Simply multiply the ingredients for a larger group)


Place all of the main ingredients into a small well washed saucepan and heat very gently on the stove top for 15 mins at the lowest setting. While it is infusing balance the sweet/sour flavour with Honey and Lemon Juice to your taste.

Take off the heat and strain into a Cocktail mixing jug if you have one, otherwise use a heat resistant measuring jug.

Pour into small glassware, we have used a tasting glass from Spiegelau Perfect Serve Collection. Garnish with a stick of Cinnamon and a pinch of finely grated Nutmeg.

You could strain into a China Tea Pot and serve in bone china tea cups with a slice of Gingerbread. That might feel far more civilised on a chilly winters afternoon.


Like the sound of this recipe? Then you will most likely want to try some of Barossa Distilling Co’s other cocktail recipes:

Budburst Strawberry Daiquiri Cocktail

The Maggie Collins Cocktail

Neil Bullock of Barossa Distilling Co