Pearly Negroni

Ryan Chetiyawardana is renowned for his stylish bars (Dandelyan, White Lyan (now closed), Super Lyan and his new restaurant/bar Cub) and incredible cocktails, but he’s also got a lovely way of putting food and drink together.

His new book, Good Together is dedicated to creating the perfect gathering at home, surrounded by friends, delicious food and tasty drinks. Many of the drinks (including this one) can be pre-batched in advance giving you more time with your guests.

With the summer here and Christmas around the corner, the Pearly Negroni is the perfect cooler and would make an excellent welcome drink for party guests.

Best of all as the base is pre-batched, you’ll also have white negroni ready to go at a minutes notice!

Pearly Negroni

Ingredients (makes 1 bottle) for Pearly Negroni

300ml London Dry Gin (I used Jensen’s London Dry)

1 unwaxed, organic lemon

150ml Lillet Blanc

200ml Suze (or other gentian liqueur)

Chilled grapefruit soda

mandarin or other aromatic citrus to garnish

How to make Pearly Negroni

Infuse the gin with the zest of lemon for 2 hours, then strain

Add Lillet Blanc and Suze, then bottle

To serve, use small glasses, add ice and mandarin slice. Add 40ml of the negroni base to each glass and top with grapefruit soda. Garnish with more citrus.


Gin Gifts for Dad

Father’s Day is coming up in Australia, so I’ve put together some ideas for Gin Gifts for Dad.


Tatty Devine Gilbert and George Gin Cufflinks

Carry -On-Cocktail-Kit-Gin-and-Tonic




Inspired by art duo Gilbert & George and their artistic approach to drink, these cufflinks are a button-through style, with a Tatty Devine plectrum fastening. Also available as a necklace.

Via The Gin Queen Shop.

Enright’s Gin Company Grooming Kit

Featuring gin scented hair paste and hand wash.

Available from Enright’s Gin Company

Calibrate Gin and Tonic Pocket Square

Dad will look super fancy wearing this divine pocket square (Available from Nordstrom)

gin gifts for dad

Negroni/Martini pins from Love and Victory

These pins have been flying out of the Gin Queen store since I began stocking them. Dad will love one or both of these on his lapel.


Available from The Gin Queen Shop



The newest Australian gin  from Adelaide will not disappoint if your dad is a juniper junkie like me.  I’ll be doing a review in the coming weeks, but all you need to know right now is that Triple juniper gin is freaking delicious! (the juniper is treated in three separate ways, partially steeped, partially in the pot and partially in the vapour, hence the name!

Available from Never Never Distilling.

gin gifts for dad


Jo Malone Black Cedarwood & Juniper Cologne 100ml

Described as Midnight rain. Seductive with the carnal touch of cumin and chilli leaves. Dark with cedarwood. Humid with moss. Modern and urban.

Via David Jones

gin gifts for dad

Gumball Poodle Gin Crew Socks Blue/Yellow

OK, so socks for Dad are a bit passé, but how great are these?

gin gifts for dad




Punk Long Drink x4

I adore these The Nachtmann NextGen line PUNK highball glasses which have has been developed in cooperation with the world-famous arts and design college Central Saint Martins in London. An edgy way to serve up your G&Ts!Available from David Jones.

gin gifts for dad

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Grapefruit and Rosemary Gin with Ginger Ale

Gin is a fantastic spirit for making infusions (try my Earl Grey Tea, Raspberry or rhubarb gin recipes) and this Grapefruit and Rosemary Gin with Ginger Ale from Ryan Chetiyawardana’s book Good Things to Drink is another to add to your repertoire.

Grapefruit and rosemary often pop up as gin botanicals (Melbourne Gin company and Gin Mare are examples) as well as making fantastic garnishes in a G&T. Together they make a fantastic infusion and on a cold winter day in Melbourne I felt positively mediterranean sipping on this!

The best thing about this particular infusion is that it doesn’t take too long for the flavours to be extracted, in fact, Ryan suggests no more than a day. As someone lacking in patience, I was very happy with the result after a couple of hours!


Ingredients for the Grapefruit and Rosemary gin

3 grapefruits

100g sugar

2 sprigs of rosemary

1 bottle of London Dry gin


Peel the grapefruits. Add peel to a clean, airtight glass container with the rosemary, sugar, and gin. Stir until the sugar is dissolved. Leave to infuse for a few hours (no more than a day), then strain into a bottle and keep refrigerated.

Serving Grapefruit and Rosemary Gin with Ginger Ale

Add 50ml to a Collins (highball) glass and add ice. Top up with chilled ginger ale (I used Fentimans ginger beer as I had some to hand) and a grapefruit slice.


Too Soon

If you haven’t yet bought a copy of Sasha Petraske’s book Regarding Cocktails, then do it now. It’s full of exquisite cocktails created by Sasha and the many renowned bartenders who worked and learned with him at Milk and Honey.

Too Soon was created by Sam Ross (Attaboy, New York and creator of the world-famous Penicillin) and features the underrated Cynar, an aperativo that I’ve been learning to love. This bitter-sweet Italian liqueur is made with 13 herbs and botanicals, with artichoke being the predominant flavour. Don’t that put you off though! This cocktail is deliciously fresh with sweetness of the orange balanced nicely with the Cynar.

Too Soon

Ingredients for a Too Soon

30ml gin

30ml Cynar

22 ml freshly squeezed lemon juice

15ml simple syrup

2 thin slices of orange

Too Soon


Shake all the ingredients in an ice-filled shaker until cold. Strain into a chilled coupe.


Sloe Gin and Tempranillo Negroni

Sloe Gin and Tempranillo Negroni

Melbourne winters are brutal and this one seems to be more bitterly cold than usual. From someone who withstood years of English winters, this is saying something. Sloe gin is my go to in winter and this rich spiced Sloe gin and Tempranillo Negroni by Dan Jones in his book Gin: Shake, Muddle and Stir is perfect for cold evenings. You could even heat it up a little to keep your hands warm!

Ingredients for Sloe gin and Tempranillo Negroni

30ml Sloe and Star Anise Gin

30ml Tempranillo reduction

60ml campari

orange peel/star anise to garnish


To make the Sloe and Star Anise infused gin

For his recipe Dan has created a sloe and star anise gin from scratch, using fresh ripe sloe berries, as they are easier to come by in the UK. Fortunately I had some delicious McHenry sloe gin to hand so, I added some star anise to the sloe gin and infused for three days.

Sloe Gin and Tempranillo Negroni

To make Tempranillo reduction 


200ml Tempranillo wine

pinch of crushed star anise

100g of dark brown sugar

1 tablespoon of corn syrup or golden syrup (optional)


Simmer the wine and star anise in a non-stick pan and slowly add the sugar. Turn down heat and stir constantly with a wooden spoon until all the sugar has dissolved and the mixture has reduced by a third. Turn off the heat and leave for 20-30 minutes to cool and for the flavours to infuse. Adding the corn syrup to the finished product will keep the reduction smooth.

To make to Sloe Gin and Tempranillo Negroni

Stir the ingredients in a  mixing glass over ice. Strain into a rocks glass filled with a large ice-cube. Garnish with the orange peel and or star anise.

Sloe Gin and Tempranillo Negroni

Nuked Negroni

Ryan Chetiyawardana’s Nuked Negroni

Microwaves are a waste of time when it comes to enhancing the flavour of food. Mine is rarely used, except for heating up porridge or the endless cups of tea and coffee that I let go cold when I’m busy with the website. However, Ryan Chetiyawardana’s Nuked Negroni (from his excellent book, Good Things to Drink) shows what a useful tool it can be for making drinks!

Heating the ingredients for a Nuked Negroni draws out the flavours and adds depth to the drink that isn’t there when you simply stir it down.

It was a particularly cold afternoon in Melbourne when I was playing with this recipe and, impatient as I am, I couldn’t wait for the drink to cool, so enjoyed it warm. And do you know something? It was the best thing since mulled wine. Warmed Negroni for the win!

Nuked Negroni

Ingredients for a Nuked Negroni (makes 6-10 depending on your generosity levels!)

1 grapefruit

300ml gin (I used Melbourne Gin Company)

300ml sweet vermouth

300ml Campari

6 blackberries

sprig of rosemary

Nuked Negroni


Remove a strip of zest from the grapefruit with a peeler. Add this to a microwave proof bowl with the other ingredients. Cover and microwave on high for 3 mins. Allow to cool, and strain into a bottle. To serve, add a generous measure to a rocks glass, add ice and a slice of grapefruit.

OR for a winter warmer

Allow to cool to a drinkable temperature and serve with a grapefruit twist. Enjoy!

Beach House

Beach House

Health food trends often spill over into the cocktail world. Matcha, beetroot, and cocktail oil (think Dave Kerr’s winning entry into the Bacardi Legacy competition, The Viento) are some trendy ingredients that have found their way into cocktails,  I’ve even tried using Kombucha!

The Beach House cocktail is taken from Dan Jones book Gin: Muddle, Shake, Stir. He mixes gin with coconut water (another hyped up food trend) and lime juice to create a tropical gin cocktail that’s a worthy substitute for a gin and tonic. Tempted as I was to add an umbrella, I used one of my new bamboo straws instead!

Beach House

Ingredients for a Beach House

60ml gin

15ml freshly squeezed lime juice

chilled coconut water

lime slice to garnish

Beach House


Add the gin and lime juice to a highball glass and add crushed ice. Top up with chilled coconut water and stir. Add a slice of lime and serve.

Coconut water has plenty of claims that it has weight loss benefits, improves skin condition and offers superior hydration to plain old water, but most of this has been debunked. I still enjoy a glass as I like the taste and I figure it has to be healthier than cordial or fizzy drinks. Right?

Gin Gifts for Mum

Do you have a gin-loving Mumma?Are you organised for Mother’s Day yet? I’ve put together some top gin gifts for mum. And yes, some are COMPLETELY OVER THE TOP, but hey this woman gave birth to you!



Gin Gifts for Mum

No one knows cocktails like Simon Difford and in this compendium of quirky happenings, anniversaries, birthdays and traditional events he has paired each one with an appropriate cocktail. You can celebrate everything from Mandela’s inauguration to aliens’ alleged arrival from outer space.

$22.90 from Booktopia*


Gin Gifts for Mum

Some of the best cocktails are the simplest (think of a Negroni). Kara Newman has collected 50 equal parts drinks in her book Shake, Stir, Sip.

$18.75 from Booktopia*


Martini necklace


Gin Gifts for Mum

It’s 12 o’clock somewhere in the world – so celebrates Aliita’s playful Martini necklace. Made from 9ct gold, it has a small emerald “olive” for glittering finish. Stunning!

$390 from

Gin Gifts for Mum

Functional AND stylish, Cynthia Rowley’s flask bracelet holds approximately 90ml of booze. Also available in gold.

$225 (USD) from Cynthia Rowley


Gin Necklace

Tatty Devine Gilbert and George Gin Necklace

Tatty Devine’s celebrated Gilbert and George Gin necklace is perfect for the gin-lover in your life.

$45.00 from The Gin Queen
Gin brooch

Tatty Devine Gilbert & George Gin Brooch

The obvious benefit of the Tatty Devine Gilbert and George gin brooch is that it will assist those around your mum to easily identify her tipple of choice. Handy!

$15 from The Gin Queen


Ralph Lauren Preston Cocktail shaker

Gin Gifts for Mum

This cocktail shaker would make a stylish addition to any home bar!

$169 from David Jones

Silver Monkey Straw 

Gin Gifts for Mum

Sip in style with this cheeky monkey sterling silver straw from Tiffany. Super indulgent, but so gorgeous!


Waterford Crystal Martini Glasses

Gin Gifts for Mum

You can’t go wrong with glassware as a gift and while I enjoy scouring flea markets and op shops for mine, there is something wonderful about splashing out on divine martini glasses.

Marquis Crosby Barware Martini Pair $140 (pair), from David Jones


Patient Wolf Gin

Gin Gifts for Mum


Melbourne’s newest gin is made in the heart of Brunswick on a gorgeous Muller still. Featuring Tonka bean as one of the botanicals, this is a tasty drop that mum will love!

$ 700ml $89.99 from Nicks Wine Merchants

Red Hen Gin


Gin Gifts for Mum

Red Hen Gin comes from the heart of Adelaide (the CBD!) and recently took our Gold in the Australian Distilled Spirits Awards AND Champion Small Batch Spirit.

$79.95  (700ml)from Red Hen Gin


Gin Gifts for Mum

Lubin Gin Fizz

Created in honour of Grace Kelly’s extraordinary beauty, and named after the cocktail inspired by the “American bars of Paris”, Gin Fizz is a fresh and flowery chypre with lemony top notes over an aldehyde and musky base.
$269.00 AUD (Eau de Toilette 100ml, available at David Jones)


All of the products listed above have been chosen by me because I think your mums would love them and not because I’m been paid to promote them. With the exception of items marked * which are affiliate links. You are not charged extra, but I receive a small commission on sales.

Sublime Moment

A cocktail that tastes likes chocolate but doesn’t contain any? Bizarre. But that’s the Sublime Moment Cocktail created by Sam Carter, gin professor at Bombay Sapphire. (You’ll remember I did a cocktail masterclass with Sam when I visited the home of Bombay, Lavistoke Mill, you can read about it here.)

I was looking for another Easter cocktail to add to my repertoire and the Sublime Moment, and it wasn’t long before the smell of vanilla filled the house as I made the one of the key ingredients, the vanilla sugar syrup. You’ll need to make this in advance as it takes a few hours for the flavour to fully develop. Once you’d made it though, it will keep for a couple of months in a sealed container if kept in the fridge, so you have as many Sublime Moments as you want!

Ingredients for the vanilla sugar syrup

500g sugar

200ml water

1 vanilla pod

Sublime Moment


Add 25og of sugar to a pan with 200ml water and one vanilla pod, split with the seeds scraped out. Heat gently until it goes clear. Remove from the hear and add another 250g sugar and stir until clear. Put to one side and allow the vanilla pod to infuse the syrup.

Sublime Moment
Sublime Moment

Ingredients for a Sublime Moment

50ml Bombay Sapphire gin

25ml freshly squeezed pink grapefruit juice

15ml of vanilla sugar syrup


Add all the ingredients to a shaker, fill with ice and shake until chilled. Garnish with grapefruit peel. Enjoy!


Celery Gimlet

Created by Naren Young in 2010 during his time at Saxon + Parole, the Celery Gimlet is a flavour bomb guaranteed to wake up your palate.

Celery Gimlet

A class gimlet is a fine drink indeed and is hard to go past when you are after something simple and refreshing. This turbo version  combines sweet, savoury, bitter and sour flavours that balance surprisingly well together to create a herbaceous riff on a citrus forward cocktail.

I’ve made a couple of adjustments to Naren’s recipe, but you can try the original here. I’m obsessed with Rutte Celery gin at the moment so have used that, but this cocktail would work just as well with a bold juniper forward gin like Tanqueray or Junipero.

Ingredients for a Celery Gimlet

45ml Rutte celery gin
7.5ml green Chartreuse
20ml freshly squeezed lime juice
15ml simple syrup
5ml white wine vinegar
2 dashes celery bitters
celery leaves
Pinch of salt


Put celery leaves with salt in a cocktail shaker and muddle briefly. Fill shaker with ice and add gin, Chartreuse, lime juice, simple syrup, vinegar, and bitters. Shake, then double strain into a rocks glasses filled with ice. Enjoy!

Celery Gimlet