Lucille Rose

Rosie Campbell's & Surly's

The Good old north




Pineapples leaves and dehydrated mango


60ml Jim Beam Double Oak

5ml Bols mango liqueur

15ml Homemade mango syrup

A dash of fee brothers black walnut bitters

2ml Apple cider vinegar

Pinch (2ml) of tartaric acid




My cocktail, “the good old north”, is based around the theme of “a moment in time”, and in particular, it’s a drink all about nostalgia. From the age of seven until... last year, I lived in North Queensland. Townsville, to be exact. It’s been proven by science that our sense of smell is linked to our memory. Now, there’s many scents that remind me of growing up in the north... frangipannis blossoming, the smell of the earth during the wet season, but without a doubt, the scent that reminds me most of my childhood is that of mangoes.

Now, you see, the thing about Townsville and North Queensland is that it’s the perfect climate for growing mangoes. Mango season begins around September each year and the weather really begins to heat up (and by heat up, I mean the temperature goes from 28 degrees every day, to 30 degrees every day). Mango season goes through from September until around March. So, for almost half the year every year, mangoes are everywhere.

Now, North Queenslanders love mangoes. North Queenslanders love mangoes so much, they constructed a giant mango in Bowen. Literally, this mango sits about 10 metres high. Tourists come and take photos of it. North Queenslanders love mangos so much, we lost our minds when that giant mango was stolen a few years back. Literally... front page of the newspaper with a reward offered for the return of the mango.

My childhood home had 5 big, blooming mango trees in the front yard. It’d always become a war against us vs the bats each year to see who could get the mangos at their ripest. One year, each tree produced well over a hundred mangos. So for my little family of four, we had about 500 mangos to deal with all at once.

We’re talking mango salad, mango ice cream, mango with a side of steak, mango smoothies...

And this is why Ive created The Good Old North... a mango-inspired, mango-flavoured, jim beam double oak old fashioned, paying homage to my childhood in North Queensland. I’m betting my dad wished he’d thought up this one that year with our 500 mangoes.

I chose jim beam double oak because jim beam in itself has always brought a sense of nostalgia for me also. At home in North Queensland, we’d have barbecues outside, near the mango trees, and there’s always be a bottle of jim beam at the ready. Our liquor stores were small and didn’t have much choice, but you could guarantee there’d always be jim beam available. I distinctly remember stealing sips of jim beam from my dads glass as a young girl. I decided upon jim beam double oak, as the vanilla notes and spices really spoke to me. On the nose, Jim Beam Double Oak has hints of firewood, leather, and hay - all scents that remind me of those barbecues under the mango trees back home.

Pairing jim beam double oak with fresh mango syrup, I was reminded of eating vanilla ice cream with mangoes cut down from the trees as a child. So here it is, my boozy, 18+ version of fresh mangoes and vanilla ice cream, a drink that encompasses childhood nostalgia for me... living off mangoes from our trees in northern Queensland, whilst sneaking sips of my dads bottle of jim beam.


World Bartender Day at Surly's & Rosie Cambell's

Surly's & Rosie Cambell's

I have created “The Good Old North” starring Jim Beam Double Oak, paired with a homemade mango syrup made from fresh North Queensland mangoes. An homage to my hometown, Townsville, and growing up during the mango seasons up north. “The Good Old North” will be available at Rosie Cambell's and Surly's from the 10th-24th February.

Come on down, try my cocktail, and listen to my wild stories of growing up amongst mango trees, crocodiles, and braving the North Queensland wet season each year.