This week in History Happy Hour we are celebrating my home town and the running of the Melbourne Cup with this delicious Kiwi Cocktail.

kiwi cocktail 1First run in 1861, the Melbourne Cup is the richest “two-mile” handicap race in the world, and one of the richest turf races.  It is, in Australia, the race that stops a nation. 

It is run on the first Tuesday in November each year and here in Melbourne, we get a day off from work for the Cup.  A sneaky Tuesday off work?  Now that’s worth celebrating!

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The Kiwi Cocktail also specifically celebrates the 1983 winner of the cup, Kiwi.  Why are we celebrating 1983?  Well…you try finding a cocktail called Archer (first winner) or Protectionist (last year’s winner).  And if you do, send them my way!

And kiwi fruit are super delicious.  And very healthy.  So, you get a teeny bit of detoxing even as you are toxing.  And that can’t be a bad thing. 

Don’t let the pretty green colour of the Kiwi Cocktail fool you either.  With 75ml of  booze in it, The Kiwi has a kick like a prize-winning stallion!  So drink it responsibly…remember the Cup is a race for stayers not sprinters!

PSA over,  this is delicious and perfect for a lovely Spring afternoon as long as you take it easy!

History Happy Hour 1983 – The Kiwi

History Happy Hour  1983 – The Kiwi


  • 15ml Cointreau
  • 45ml Lemon Juice
  • 1 dash Sugar Syrup
  • 1 Kiwi fruit
  • 30ml Midori Melon Liqueur
  • 30ml Light Rum
  • Ice


  • Blend all ingredients with ice and strain into a highball glass. Garnish with a kiwi wheel on the glass and serve.

Happy drinking and good luck if you have a flutter!

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