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There are few things that really signal you’ve switched off and are on holidays than a sunset cocktail, especially when it’s served with vistas of the majestic Ngarrabullgan (Mount Mulligan).


Sunset cocktails and canapes are a daily ritual at the all-inclusive Mt Mulligan Lodge, with settings alternating between the main pavilion, the firepit down by the weir and the aptly named Sunset Bar. Found three hours drive from Cairns, this luxury outback experience is exclusively for the (maximum) 28 guests staying at any one time. 


Luxury is done differently here. You feel as comfortable as if you are staying at a close friend’s home, which is why a self-serve bar is set up in the Main Pavilion for you to help yourself during your stay. Prefer poolside cocktails? Friendly staff are on hand to mix your favourite tipples. 


With a bounty of top notch local produce available in North Queensland – from coffee to locally distilled spirits and tropical fruits – the cocktail list at Mt Mulligan Lodge also provides a twist on the expected.

6 Cocktails Best Enjoyed with a Sunset

Skybury Martini

Why not kick-off your sunset cocktails with a Skybury Martini, Mt Mulligan Lodge’s adaptation of the espresso martini? Expect 666 butter vodka, FNQ Spirits espresso liqueur and locally grown and roasted Skybury coffee.

Expresso Martini
Smoky Bloody Mary

Smoked Bloody Mary

Equally delicious at brunch as well as a sunset cocktail, the Smoked Bloody Mary takes what you know of the original and shakes up your taste buds with Mt Uncle Bushfire Smoked Gin as the base, with the perfect blend of tomato juice, lemon, worcestershire sauce and tabasco.

Tablelands Negroni

When it comes to sunset cocktails, nothing says aperitivo like the Tablelands Negroni, featuring 4 Pillars Negroni Spiced Gin, Antica Formula and Campari.

Tablelands Negroni
Plum Sour

Plum Sour 

Being in the tropics, you might prefer to take the Plum Sour for a spin. A mix of Davidson Plum infused gin from local outfit, Wolf Lane, with a hint of lemon and sugar, this sunset cocktail is dangerously good.

Gold Mule

The Gold Mule cocktail heroes Iridium Gold Rum, an award-winning dark rum made from locally sourced sugarcane syrup by Mt Uncle Distillery with a splash of lime and ginger.

Gold Mule
Mulligan Margarita

Mulligan Margarita

And for the purists, sunset cocktails just wouldn’t be complete without a Mulligan Margarita. The habanero syrup gives Don Julio Anejo, Cointreau, lime and agave a good kick to finish.

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