Good Company Friday

Easter has snuck up on us this year… it feels like 2021 has just begun, and now we are here in April, and it’s Easter. So much has happened and changed this year already – so we thought no harm done by changing up some of our Easter traditions as well. We are moving away from our highly anticipated hot cross buns review and sharing something else close to our hearts – cocktails.


Four days of R&R is how most of us view the Easter break. No matter if you’re heading out of town to a holiday house or organised enough to have booked an Airbnb getaway four months ago or even just chilling at home. Good Friday, the day everything is closed, is the opportunity to gather together a crew to cook some tasty fare and imbibe in a cocktail or two.

When it comes to at home cocktails – don’t take it too seriously; simply grab whatever glassware is in the cupboard, check the ice tray is full and remember to buy the booze on the way home on Thursday. A simple kit is needed including a cocktail shaker (or even a good-sized solid glass jar might do), something to measure, something to strain and something to stir. The equipment can be simple, but the ingredients should be first-class: the best spirits, freshest garnish and a spicy guest list.

We checked in with James Pennefather from the Republic of Fremantle for a selection of delicious yet straightforward party favourites to blend over the weekend – we tried them at home last week, and we think you’ll be pleased.

The drinks are below, the soundtrack is here and the guest list we will leave to you.

Happy Easter.


A sophisticated and refreshing champagne cocktail.

30ml Republic of Fremantle Aromatic gin
15ml fresh lemon juice
7.5ml 1:1 sugar syrup water
Champagne or sparkling wine

Add all ingredients except champagne to a cocktail shaker. Shake and double strain into a chilled champagne glass. Top with champagne and garnish with a lemon twist.


Deceptively elegant, bright and clean tasting Italian classic cocktail.

30ml Republic of Fremantle Full Bodied Gin
20ml Campari
20ml sweet vermouth
Small pinch of sea salt

Add all ingredients to a lowball glass.
Fill glass with good ice and stir for 20 seconds.
Garnish with an orange slice.


A classic party favourite renewed.

​45ml raspberry infused Republic of Fremantle Signature Vodka
15ml fresh lime juice
4 teaspoons orange marmalade
Small pinch of salt

Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with good ice for at least 15 seconds. Fine strain into martini or coupe glass.

Word: Claire McGowan

Imagery: Detail