Are you the type to throw in a twist of lemon in with your G&T? Perhaps your more of a lime splice. Or even wilder, a slither of cucumber for a refreshing touch. No matter how you enjoy your gin, there’s no denying it’s the drink of the moment. The clear liquor of choice finds it’s way into many a cocktail of late. Even a recent report that gin drinkers are psychopaths failed to distill the fervour surrounding the spirit. So celebrate everyone’s favourite cocktail base and taste the best botanicals on offer, with a host of events rumbling around the country. Sip don’t skull.
Taste at Bombay Sapphire Gin Garden,Watson’s Bay Hotel, Sydney
The fine blue bottle takes to the wonderful outlook of Watson’s Bay Hotel in a celebration of all things gin. With drink deals and tonic twists poured to perfection, there’s not a better place to drink by the seaside. Pair it back with oysters dusted in Bombay Sapphire granita, freshly shucked, it really doesn’t get much better. Open every Saturday til November 26th so hurry down.
Live the ’20’s at Gin-Mill Social, Slide Bar, Sydney
Feast, dance, play, is the motto at this social where gin is the drink du jour. Celebrate the prohibition era and all it’s mystery, a secret password, secret entrance make it particularly hush hush. But a Hendrick’s gin on arrival will be the first of many at this social where the dress code specifies pearls for the ladies and ties for the lads. Be dapper, the last social of the year is on 11th November, or you’ll have to wait for next year’s party.
A gin extravaganza at Juniperlooza, Federation Wharf, Melbourne
If you know your botanicals and an your distilleries this will be your wonderland. More producers, more connoisseurs and more tastes than ever before comes to Federation Wharf this 19th and 20th November. It’s spread over the whole weekend too so you can make more than one trip. Goodie bag for later is essential.
Eat, drink and be merry at Street Food Circus at Marrickville, Sydney
Taking over Marrickville’s Fraser Park is a new street food destination. But wait, where’s the gin? Never fear, to wash down all your new tastes, Archie Rose will be on hand delivering their signature stellar gin. A whole cocktail shack in fact will be dedicated to whipping up fragrant tastes.
Explore at Four Pillars Distillery, Melbourne
TGIF, but not what you usually think. It’s Thank Gin It’s Friday instead. Explore the Four Pillars Distillery on a stomach of navy-strength gin. Learn the cocktail expertise to create a magnificent gin-drink, a tour of the magic making facilities, two cocktails and some canapés too. Book it in for 2nd December, your best Friday drinks yet.
Blend your own gin at Archie Rose Distillery, Sydney
The Rosebery masters of all things infused will let you steer yourself to spirited perfection at this hands on workshop. You’ll be taught the how to’s then left to create a masterpiece of your own, and 2 bottles to take home too. You may have seen this place make a feature in The Bachelorette too, Matty J’s fateful last dates. From that experience we learned to be delicate with the add ins.
Tour and taste at Hippocampus Distillery, Perth
Get back to school and educate yourself in the important stuff. Well liquor of course. Spirit School lets keen learners delve a little deeper into the distilling process, a brief history and a bev in the fine space too. Save your questions til the end class, and drink up.
Image source: Weekend Notes, Watson’s Bay Boutique Hotel, The Daycation Diary, Visit Victoria, Concrete Playground, Urban Walkabout, Timeout.