Anzac day is the annual occasion that marks the commemoration of the Anzacs. Anzac day is a remembrance of the sacrifices made during the first significant military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the landing on Gallipoli in 1915. Throughout Australia, communities honour this day with the Anzac Day ceremony and memorial services of remembrance and appreciation.
Why do we celebrate Anzac Day?
Anzac day is the dedicated celebration of remembrance given to those Australian soldiers who were conscripted into the army as part of the Commonwealth in 1914. While it is not necessarily a cause for celebration, it has evolved to become a day of gratitude and honouring our country with pride and connection, but it wasn’t always like this.
World War I forced men as young as 18 into battle, with many even younger boys lying to fight for their country. With the Australian government eager to establish a concrete reputation as a member of the commonwealth nation, many were sent off to fight in a battle we now know was a near-impossible battle to win. Sent off to take the Gallipoli peninsula, soldiers were met on the uneven ground of the beaches of Constantinople and told to capture the capital of the Ottoman empire. The campaign dragged on for eight months, turning into a stalemate and forcing the allies to evacuate after enduring severe casualties. More than 8000 Australian soldiers had died, but the memory of their endurance and fortitude cemented a legacy of resilience and strength in Australians’ identity forever.
On Anzac Day, we commemorate how lucky we indeed are. It is a day which has always been a very special one to remember those who have fought and lost their lives in the first world war, to gather around and remember our soldiers, tell stories and reminisce together. It reminds us that our peace, joy and togetherness are the most important things we have. That’s why one of the ways in which we can honour our Australian soldiers is with the Gunfire Breakfast.
The Gunfire Breakfast:
Traditional Gunfire Breakfast, an Anzac Day tradition, was the name given to the meal shared by soldiers on the morning before entering a battle. During the war, this usually consisted of biscuits, jam, bacon and eggs, and included a black tea or coffee that was served up containing rum for liquid courage for the upcoming battle. It was prepared and eaten in darkness to the likely sound of exploding munitions and served cold as any fires or smoke would have given away their position to the enemy before the morning battle.
In Australia and New Zealand, on Anzac Day, a version of black coffee is served to soldiers before the dawn service. Archaeological evidence shows that Australian and Allied soldiers were given rum in April 1915. A fragment of a rum flask was uncovered, with the letters SRD, which stand for Service Ration Depot.
If you’re looking for a delicious way to commemorate Anzac Day, why not try your own Gunfire Breakfast?
To commemorate this tradition, we’ve created two cocktail recipes as Australian as ANZAC Day: The Hot Spiced Gunfire and the Cold Spiced Gunfire for you to try. These cocktails are our recreation of the tradition of the Gunfire Breakfast in tribute to one of the most infamous battles in Australian history, the Gallipoli Campaign.
Hot Spiced Gunfire Breakfast Cocktail
Ingredients: 45 ml Spiced, 10ml brown sugar syrup, one shot of espresso and a little hot water. 25ml double cream,
Add all the ingredients (except the cream) into a coffee mug/latte cup and stir to ensure the brown sugar has dissolved.
Then place a bar spoon or teaspoon at the top of the liquid and gently pour the double cream on to it, and it should float.
Glass: Coffee mug/ latte cup
Garnish: 3 coffee beans and an Anzac biscuit
Cold Spiced Gunfire Breakfast Cocktail
Ingredients: 45 ml Spiced, 10 ml coconut cream, one shot of cold espresso and 15 ml dark sugar syrup.
Method: Add all ingredients into a rocks glass, then add a little crushed ice to half glass and churn. Then add more crushed ice to fill, and garnish.
Glass: Rocks glass / old fashioned
Garnish Cracked cinnamon quill, orange peel, cinnamon powder, coffee beans
To try these cocktails out for yourself and toast to the memory of the true Australian Legends of Gallipoli, visit our website and grab yourself the most authentic Australian Rum on the market.