Cocktails available during the Melbourne Cup Carnival

A Cocktail Lover’s Guide To The Melbourne Cup Carnival

Attending a raceday at Flemington during the Melbourne Cup Carnival is like no other experience. Combining the exhilaration of world-class racing with the hottest music acts from Australia and around the globe, fine dining, trendy eateries, stylish racewear, beautiful venues, impressive marquees, celebrity guests, and wonderful new experiences to enjoy and explore around every corner of the racecourse.

On such a wonderful day out, it’s always fun to indulge in some fanciful, decadent and delicious cocktails. Melbourne is renowned for its amazing cocktail bars, and Flemington can keep the pace with the city’s best mixologists.

Keep reading for our guide to the best cocktails being served around Flemington all Cup Week long. Just don’t forget to drink responsibly!

Pony Tail

Location: Pony Bar, The Park

The vibrant new strawberry Beefeater Pink gin is stirred together with lemon juice, sugar syrup and soda water in a highball glass. Finished with a dash of raspberry cordial and garnished with fresh strawberry, this flirty and fun drink will keep you refreshed all raceday.

Pony Tail cocktail

Flemington Fling

Location: Schweppes Flemington Fling Bar, The Hill Stand

One of the most iconic drinks at Flemington, this refreshing mix of mint and freshly squeezed lime is muddled with vodka and Schweppes Agrum citrus blend. Adorned with a lime wedge and mint sprig, this zesty beverage will revitalise your raceday.

Flemington Fling cocktail

Love Bird

Location: Bird Bath Bar, The Birdcage (VRC members only)

Silky Absolut Elyx vodka is shaken with pineapple and cranberry juice before being double strained over ice and topped with dry ginger ale. Served with a garnish of slice peach and a lime wheel, it tastes like a trip to Palm Springs.

Love Bird cocktail

Watermelon Dash

Location: Bluegrass Bar, The Club Stand (VRC members and guests)

Kaffir Lime infused Vodka and crushed watermelon is shaken then strained over shaved ice with hints of lime and a watermelon wedge. Perfect for when things are running hot!

Watermelon Dash cocktail

Absolut Raspberry

Location: Bernborough Bar, Betting Ring

Absolut Raspberry is poured over ice and topped with lemonade and a raspberry cordial float. This sweet, crisp drink is garnished with fresh raspberries and is a sophisticated twist on the favourite vodka and raspberry mix.

Absolut Raspberry cocktail

Passionate Flutter 

Location: Bluegrass Bar, The Club Stand (VRC members and guests)

Vanilla bean infused vodka is shaken with passionfruit purée and a good squeeze of lime. Twice strained for a silky smooth finish and crowned with a dehydrated lime wheel.

Passionate Flutter cocktail


Location: Bird Bath Bar, The Birdcage (VRC members only)

Havana Club light rum is shaken with Midori, coconut cream and pineapple juice over ice. Double strained for a smooth, creamy taste and garnished with a maraschino cherry and pineapple slice. You’ll feel like you’ve escaped to a tropical island.

Hummingbird cocktail

Pink G&T

Location: Balcony Bar, The Grandstand (VRC members and guests)

This stylishly simple drink sees strawberry Beefeater Pink gin poured over slices of fresh strawberry and topped with bubbly tonic water. A deliciously crisp beverage to enjoy all raceday.

Pink G&T cocktail

Espresso Martini

Location: Elms Bar, Front Lawn West & Diva Bar, Front Lawn East & Absolut. Container Bar, The Park

A favourite amongst Melbourne coffee lovers, this combination of espresso with vodka and coffee liqueur creates the perfect balance of boozy, bitter and sweet. Be sure to sink your lips into the beautiful crema sitting on top the dark liquid beneath.

Espresso Martini cocktail

Make sure you’ve secured your raceday ticket to enjoy these delicious cocktails alongside moreish bites, stellar entertainment and first-class racing during the Melbourne Cup Carnival.