Not only is this sublime spirit universally loved, but it is also known to be good for you. It’s a WIN WIN! It might surprise some to know that gin has some health benefits – when drunk in moderation, of course. In fact, as early as the Middle Ages, gin was used as a form […]
What couples spring to mind when you think of legendary pairing? There’s Fred & Ginger, Bonnie & Clyde, Bert & Ernie and we can’t forget Brangelina…although that one didn’t end well. Way more legendary and destined to be together forever are the much adored Gin & Tonic. The ultimate beverage IT couple. With every great […]
Getting back to nature to get to the future of Aussie Gin As soon as the days get shorter and cooler some of us embrace the change of season…think footy and open fires. While others look to the north for warmer weather and the feeling of sand underfoot. So when a girl’s weekend in Byron […]
To celebrate World Cocktail Day, our great mate Phillip Jones aka the Martini Whisperer is taking over the Gintoncia page to give us the 101 on cocktail mixers….and we aren’t taking tonic or soda. The unsung heroes of any cocktail are the actual vessels used to make them. The very notion of a ‘cocktail’ seems […]
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.
The Beginner’s Guide to Gin Garnishing Do you add a slice of lemon to a gin and tonic or, like our American friends, a slice of lime? Easy, but a little boring! There are lots of way you can spice things up. There are different tonics of course. A touch of the many bitters available […]
Can cannabis gin give you wings? What about chocolate cravings? The answer (sadly) is no. CANNABIS…. what exactly is it? Is it marijuana? The answer is yes and no. The sister hemp is also a strain of the flowering plant Cannabis sativa, however one major difference is that hemp hasn’t enough THC – the psychoactive compound in marijuana […]
Where did the Australian Craft Gin movement come from? The booming Craft Gin market over the last five years started with the Australian Craft Whisky movement of the 1990’s and 2000’s. There are now over 80 Craft Gin Distilleries in Australia and it seems like a new couple each month.
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?
There are London Dry Gins, Australian Botanical Gins, Old Tom Gins and so many more. But “a Gin by any other name will taste…..like Gin”. Right? Wrong!
Gin could simply be described as vodka with plant flavours (botanicals) added, which must include juniper characteristics.
As mentioned, some Australian Craft Gins have London Dry Gin taste profiles. Those Gins mostly have the classic botanicals and they lead with strong juniper. The Australian Craft Gin distillers who are producing London Dry Gin taste profiles might call their gins “Classic Dry”, or just “Dry” and they might have a native botanical or two, but what do we call them? Honestly, I have no idea.