Need a break from the Christmas chaos? I know I do! While I’m on cooking duty this year (aren’t I always?), I’ll definitely be enjoying a cocktail or two – including this delicious-sounding Christmas Breeze cocktail, courtesy of the creative team at the Queen’s Head Bar & Eatery in Auckland.

The Queen’s Head is one of Auckland’s oldest licenced pubs, and it’s celebrating a brand-new facelift with the Christmas Breeze Cocktail, as well as an exciting modern twist on Christmas lunch and dinner. For more details, read on!

Queen’s Head Christmas Breeze cocktail

Ready in 5 minutes. Serves 1.

Ingredients

  • Bacardi 30ml
  • Malibu 30ml
  • Organic coconut water 100ml
  • Coconut syrup 15ml
  • Shake with ice and pour into glass
  • Garnish with cream, mint and strawberry.

Method

Simply add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker (or two glasses held together if you don’t have one). Shake, pour and enjoy!

 

The Queen’s Head Christmas Menu

A five-course set menu will be available for lunch and dinner on Tuesday 25 December. The Christmas Breeze cocktail includes Bacardi rum, Malibu, coconut water and is garnished with cream, fresh mint and a maraschino cherry. It costs $18 if ordered as part of the set menu and $20 if ordered on its own. It will be available from 1 December until 26 December 2018.

The menu has been designed by Executive Chef, Glen Rockhouse. A fourth-generation chef, Glen works with regional suppliers to produce perfectly simple seasonal dishes that celebrate New Zealand ingredients.

“I wanted our first Christmas menu at the Queen’s Head Bar and Eatery to be fun, fresh and light – a chance for guests to experience a modern twist on traditional Christmas flavours, combined with Kiwi Christmas foods, which I often cook for my own family on Christmas Day,” explains Glen.

“We have used premium, seasonal New Zealand produce, such as Te Mana lamb, Ora King salmon, Canter Valley turkey, Freedom Farms ham and vegetables grown by local suppliers. It has given us the opportunity to showcase New Zealand ingredients at their very best.”

 

Christmas Day Menu

Bookings are strictly limited, costing $95 for adults and $65 for children under 12. A wine pairing menu is available for an additional $65 per person.

Amuse Bouche

Line-caught snapper ceviche. Option to pair with Akarua Sparkling NV Brut.

Starter

Saffron poached prawn with broad bean, fennel and pomegranate salad and smoked paprika aioli. Option to pair with Babich Pinot Gris.

Entrée

Free range turkey roulade filled with cream cheese, spinach, pumpkin seeds and prosciutto, roasted corn and capsicum, mulled wine and cranberry jelly. Option to pair with Wild Rock Chardonnay

Main

Shared at the table family style:

  • Glazed champagne free-range ham with mustard
  • 8 hour braised Te Mana lamb shoulder with jus and mint sauce
  • King salmon with horseradish cream
  • New season buttered potatoes
  • Asparagus and sugar snap peas

Option to pair with Mission Estate Babernet Merlot.

Dessert

Eton Mess, crushed berry meringue, vanilla cream, fresh seasonal berries and Valrhona 72% chocolate. Option to pair with Cloudy Bay Late Harvest Riesling

The Queen’s Head Bar & Eatery is well-known in Auckland with a history stretching back to the 1800s. It has been brought back to life by Four Points by Sheraton Auckland, the first Marriott International hotel to open in New Zealand.

Head Chef, Glen Rockhouse, excels at serving up New Zealand comfort food with a modern gastro pub twist. Dishes are home cooked with the freshest seasonal ingredients. Black Dog, one of the country’s favourite craft beers is on tap and a range of delicious New Zealand and international wines are also available.

To make a Christmas Day booking, phone 09 393 8240 or email queenshead@fourpointshotels.com. More information can be found at bit.ly/2OR3DWC.

The Queen’s Head Bar & Eatery is located at 396 Queen Street (Main Entrance: 110 Mayoral Drive) Auckland.