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How did you end up becoming a Distiller? I consider myself a producer or a maker, not a distiller just yet. Our base gin is still made in collaboration with another distillery, but Great Ocean Road Gin; the company and concept are my business. With a sea change in 2017 also came a career […]
How did you end up becoming a Distiller? Initially I wanted to be an Air Traffic Controller (ATC), I even applied to go to air traffic control school (along with 3000 other people) and was lucky enough to be offered one of the 10 spots they had available. At that time, my eyes were […]
How did you end up becoming a Distiller? I stepped in to Bass & Flinders to work with my father in 2016, but prior to that I would help him out here and there with some bottling, labeling or lemon zesting and could see how much passion he had for the business. My background […]
The simplest and most elegant of cocktails, but so many things can go wrong, but here’s my take on getting it right. Who’ s making the drink is a deal breaker: their skills, mood, haste, attitude, all add up to affect the mix. Always be sure why you’re drinking, your intention can really shape […]
We’ve rounded up some of the best books, garnishes, glasses, and, of course, our favourite gin tasting packs that are sure to make your gin lovers wish list this season. If you know they’re a fan of gin, these ‘ginnny’ gift ideas will be a winner. 1) Australian Martini Cocktail Pack An ideal gift for […]
For the Raspberry Simple Syrup 1 cup raspberries 1 cup water 1 cup sugar For the Cocktail 50ml Pink Gin, preferably a Sloe Gin Prosecco 40mls raspberry simple syrup How to…. Place simple syrup ingredients in a small saucepan over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Lower heat and let simmer for 10-15 minutes, […]
50ml Pink Gin 30mL lemon juice 15mL sugar syrup 5mls Grenadine Soda water How to… Combine the first four ingredients in a G & T glass over ice. Stir well then top with soda water Garnish with a few slices of dragon fruit and mint.
50ml Pink Gin 15mls elderflower liqueur Dash rose water 10mls lemon juice 10mls lime juice 15ml simple sugar syrup 1 egg white How to…. Mix ingredients in shaker. Dry shake profusely. Add a few ice cubes and shake some more. Strain into coupe and garnish with a dried or fresh strawberries
‘The Golden Egg’ 50ml Australian Craft Gin 20ml Licor 43 15ml Chambord 20ml Lemon Juice 1 Egg White Mix all ingredients (except for the egg white) together over ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake to chill. Discard ice, add egg whites and shake again. Strain into a festive glass and garnish with chocolate shavings.
Kristy has distilling in her blood (her parents are Bill and Lyn Lark who founded the Australian spirits industry.) She founded Killara distillery in 2016 and it is one of the few distilleries world-wide to be owned and operated by a female. 1.) You started Killara distillery in 2016 making Single Malt Whiskey, Apothecary Gin […]
Grandma’s Bar 275 Clarence Street CBD. Under the guitar sign, in the basement. The mounted moose head above the stairs is a great intro to this eclectic bar. With mixed furniture, washed out brick walls, tropical wallpaper, and a wide variety of framed pictures add personality to the small bar. Grandma’s Bar has a full […]
It’s never too early to countdown to Christmas, especially when gin is involved. Treat yourself to a very merry Christmas with the Gintonica Aussie Gin Advent Calendar, with a gorgeous Gin Deco design. The silly season can get heavy on the wallet so we have made it easier to spoil yourself. When you pre-order our […]
During the last two years researching and writing The Guide to Australian Gin (due out in October), I have met many interesting and friendly distillers and their teams. Many have revealed to me the whys and wherefores behind launching their enterprise. It turns out that they generally fall into a limited number of categories. Here […]
*Photo courtesy of Beneath Driver Lane. London has been known for its cosy speakeasy bars for several years now. Head to Breakfast Club on Artillery Lane and whisper to the staff “here to see the Mayor”, get the OK from staff (in case it’s full) who will then direct you toward a SMEG fridge. The […]
My trip to Junipalooza in London this year was a ginuine assault on my palate, so much so I am even considering dry July (except for Friday). My personal stand out was Dorset’s Pothecary Thai Blend Gin (46% ABV). It wasn’t just the mango, coconut and pineapple, or the tilia flowers and turmeric, or the […]
There are few things as comforting and warming to the cockles of the heart as a Hot Toddy in winter, with many claiming the warm and spicy cocktail can help ward off the common cold. Celebrate Christmas in July and serve up these winter warming gin cocktails to keep you cosy as you open your […]
It’s official. The results are in and we got to see it all from front row from the Australian Distilled Spirits Awards (ADSA) in Melbourne. There were many worthy contenders, some of which won Gold, Silver and Bronze.
Gins are no longer the type that are hidden away in grannie’s grog cupboard (sorry Gran). Those Gins are nearly all imported. They are full of “London Dry” botanicals like juniper, coriander, cardamom, angelic root and citrus. Boring?