Midnight Starling’s Cardigan Cocktail Recipe

Midnight Starling is a classic, country French bistro and bar in Kyneton, Victoria. Along with the usual suspects of French food and wine, the menu features a number of rather nice cocktails. One of the favourites this winter has been “The Cardigan” which was created by Midnight Starling’s owner and Michelin Star trained head chef Steven Rogers (ex Jacques Reymond, Michael Rostang Paris). It’s a simple cocktail that’s perfect on these cold winter days and we’ve got the recipe so that you can make it at home.

midnight starling's cardigan cocktail recipe

Preparation Time: 4 minutes / Serves 1


  • 2 teaspoons house-made mandarin marmalade
  • 4 dashes of Angostura bitters
  • Dash of soda water
  • 60ml Makers Mark Bourbon
  • Orange zest & Griottine cherry (to garnish)


  1. Place the marmalade and bitters in an old fashion glass, add the soda water and mix to dissolve the marmalade.
  2. Add the bourbon, then fill the glass with ice, stir down the drink until the ice has partially melted.
  3. Garnish with orange zest and cherries.


The recipe calls for Makers Mark Bourbon but of course feel free to use whichever bourbon you fancy.

If you don’t have any house-made mandarin marmalade at home, or can’t find any at the shops, orange marmalade is an acceptable substitute.

Paul founded The City Lane back in 2009 as a place to share photos of his travels around Europe with friends and family. The City Lane might have changed quite a lot since those early days but one thing that’s remained constant is Paul’s passion for food, travel and culture, and a desire to photograph and write about his experiences. Paul has a strong inquisitive nature that drives him to look beneath the surface in order to discover what really makes a city and its people tick, and what better way to do this than over a good meal or drink, with a city’s locals, at places that people who live in that city actually frequent. Paul is also a co-host of The Brunswick Beer Collective, a podcast that may or may not actually be about beer.


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