Win tickets to Indie Spirits Tasting Sydney!

Sydney Bar Week is a little over 2 weeks away and I’m excited! It’s a great opportunity for me to catch up with bartenders from all over Australia and hear about the latest trends as well as learning from some of the best at the educational seminars (see, it’s not all drinking). With Leslie Gracie (Master Distiller, Hendrick’s Gin) coming over from the UK to join in the fun, it promises to be a week to remember.

While most of the activity is focused around bars and bartenders, one event is open to consumers and trade alike and is not to be missed!

Indie Spirits Tasting will feature over 140 brands including 25 Australian Distilleries! Whisky, gin, pisco, bourbon, absinthe, there is something for every booze geek. You’ll have a chance to taste and talk to the producers and there are even a few masterclasses running for a chance to get some in-depth knowledge.

What: Indie Spirits Tasting
Date: Sunday, 17th September, 2017
Where: Restaurant Hubert, Bligh Street, Sydney
Time: 12.30pm till 4pm
Tickets: just $55 (plus fees).

Gins to look out for!

Giniversity

Never Never

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Brookies

Brookie's gin

Manly Spirits Gin

Manly Spirits Gin

Gin Gin from Sardinia

Elephant Gin

Ferdinand’s Saar Gin

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I HAVE 5 PAIRS OF TICKETS FOR INDIE SPIRITS TASTING SYDNEY TO BE WON!

All you have to do is complete the form below. Correct answers will be entered into a random draw.

T&Cs

  • Over 18s only
  • Winner must be available in Sydney on Sunday 17th September
  • Winning tickets are non-transferable
  • Winners will be notified within 24 hours of the competition closing on Friday 8th September

Gin Gifts for Dad

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

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Tatty Devine Gilbert and George Gin Cufflinks

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GILBERT AND GEORGE GIN BOTTLE CUFFLINKS BY TATTY DEVINE

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

 

NEVER NEVER GIN

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

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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

Via Dugg.com.au

 

 

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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

(NOTE: I HAVEN’T BEEN PAID TO ENDORSE THESE PRODUCTS, THEY ARE JUST THINGS I THOUGHT YOU’D LIKE!)
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World Gin Day 2017

WORLD GIN DAY 2017

My favourite day of the year has to be World Gin Day, a global celebration of all things gin! With the explosion of Australian gins, World Gin Day 2017 is going to be a cracker!

I take my role as Australian Ambassador for World Gin Day very seriously and have been busy checking  the global website for all the fantastic Australian events that are happening. You can see the full list here, but I’ve picked a few highlights, to help you plan your day!

MELBOURNE/VICTORIA

My home town has always been fantastic at organising World Gin Day events, not surprising given the number of new distilleries popping up. There is lots to choose from!

Visit Four Pillars Gin Distillery ~ 10.30am-9pm

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Free gin tastings all weekend, including the newly released Bloody Shiraz Gin, cocktail specials, freshly baked scones with Four Pillars Orange Marmalade, and a food truck serving pulled (gin) pork burgers made with Four Pillars Gin Pig.

Open from 10.30am each day, until 9pm on Saturday and 5.30pm on Sunday. Free entry.

Gin Extravaganza at Gin Palace ~ 12pm-3am

Dirty & Wet Martini at Gin Palace
Dirty & Wet Martini at Gin Palace

Gin Palace Melbourne ALWAYS puts on a great World Gin Day and this year is no exception.
The Gin Palace will be transformed for one day only into a Harem of Juniper pleasures.
Events include:
• A Four Pillars 3 martini lunch focusing on local produce (22 seats available) – Book tickets here.
• Brookie’s Botanical Brunch, with 3 cocktails and light snacks – Book tickets here.
• Poor Toms Strawberries and cream martini
• Plymouth Martini massages.
• Hendricks Tea Party – Down the rabbit hole Swamp Room take over
• Gin and Gin Palace inspired cake, cupcakes and lollies
• Special performances and entertainment.
• 2 for one martinis, negronis and G&Ts from midday until 8pm

Open 12pm – 3am

Book tickets here:

Artemis Gin x Taxi Kitchen

World Gin Day 2017

In celebration of World Gin Day on Saturday 10th June, Taxi Kitchen and Artemis Gin are collaborating to bring you an afternoon of food and gin.
5 iconic Taxi Kitchen courses matched with 5 bespoke Artemis cocktails, all inspired by the gins botanicals. Tickets  are $150pp and include a bottle of specially distilled Artemis x Taxi Kitchen gin to take home.
Call 9923 2065 or email groupbookings@taxikitchen.com.au

Gin and a chat with Sacha La Forgia at Bad Frankie ~3pm OR 7pm

World Gin Day 2017

Sit down for an intimate discussion over gin with Sacha La Forgia from Adelaide Hills Distillery and get to know the distiller’s production and distilling methods as well as learn about, taste the variety of Adelaide Hills Distillery gins on offer, and get an exclusive sneak peek at new products coming out.

A fun and intimate way to experience AHD gins and learn the story behind the relatively young distillery, which has seen much success since its inception in 2014. For example, their 78˚ Gin received a Gold Medal, The Italian a Silver Medal and The Gunnery a Bronze Medal at The 2016 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

Tickets are $50pp and include

  • A welcome negroni and Bad Frankie (signature) jaffle
  • 2 hours with the distiller to learn about the history, production and gins of AHD
  • 3 X tasters of AHD gins
  • An exclusive look at new products on the horizon
  • A gin cocktail and sweet to finish

Book here.

Bass & Flinders Gin Degustation at Papa Goose ~7pm

World Gin Day 2017

A four course gin degustation at Papa Goose showcasing the Bass & Flinders range.

Tickets are $140pp. To book call Papa Goose on 03 9077 8117 or email events@papagoose.com.au

Kilderkin Distillery Open Day

Kilderkin Distillery

The Kilderkin team will be distilling their first small batch Navy Strength gin on World Gin Day! Plus tours, tastings, and drinks.

Kilderkin Distillery, 11A Michaels Dr, Alfredton VIC 3350, Australia

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Melbourne Gin Company Takeover of Mountain Goat Beer

The Melbourne Gin Company will be celebrating World Gin Day at Mountain Goat Brewery!
MGC distiller Andrew Marks will host a Botanical Masterclass followed by drinks at the bar with MGC cocktails, Mountain Goat Beer and Pizza!
Masterclass from 4.30pm – 5.30pm (ticket includes MGC G&T) Book here.
Drinks at the bar 6pm – Late

SYDNEY

The Barbershop presents Mother’s Ruin A Cabaret About Gin ~ 6-9pm

The Barbershop presents a bespoke cocktail menu and a performance of critically acclaimed hit, Mother’s Ruin: A Cabaret about Gin.

Tickets are $35pp. Book here.

All tickets will receive a Bombay Gin Cocktail on arrival.

Doors open from 6:00pm. No reserve seating.

Manly Spirits Co. Distillery ~ 1.30-5.30pm

Join the team from Manly Spirits Co. Distillery and Gin Lane for an exclusive tour and tasting at the distillery beginning at 1.30pm. Following the tasting feel free to settle in, chat and sip some very tasty Gin cocktails on offer in the Distillery Tasting Bar.

Food will be available from a food truck on site.

$22 per person, book tickets here.

ADELAIDE

World Gin Day 2017

Hains & Co Gin Garden

Hains & Co will be hosting a Gin Garden – think Alice in Wonderland but for adults…who love gin.

Festivities kick off at 6pm – every hour, on the hour, they’ll introduce a must-try gin (and G&T) and will have each company’s brand ambassadors on hand to talk about all things gin.
Featuring  78 Degrees, Melbourne Gin Company, Ferdinands Dry Saar, Fair Gin, Tanqueray, and Rogue Society gins.

From the crew in The Galley, Gin Soaked Smoked Skirt Steak Tacos, Elote Corn Salsa, Spiced Slaw, Candied Jalapeños will be part of the night’s menu.

Free Admission

BRISBANE

Dutch Courage Officer’s Mess ~ 11.30am til late

World Gin Day 2017

Featuring five masterclasses, live entertainment, all day specials & massive giveaways – does a whole bottle of gin every hour whet your appetite?! – what more could a gin lover want? With experts from Martin Millers, Fever Tree, Botanist, Jinzu, Tanqueray, Kangaroo Island Spirits and even Brisbane’s very own Humpybong Distillery on hand to answer every gin nerd’s questions, it’s a pilgrimage where everybody ends up in heaven!

Masterclass Times
11.30am – The history of gin w/ Kangaroo Island Spirits (Jon Lark)
1.00pm – Enjoying food & gin together w/ Jinzu (Jaime Fleming)
2.30pm- Making gin cocktails w/ Botanist & Gin Mare (Mark Hickey)
4.00pm – Pairing tonic to your favourite gin w/ Fever Tree (Glenn Morgan)
5.30pm – Sensory spices & basket distillation w/ Martin Millers (Amy Grieg)
* session topics & times subject to change

Book here

I hope you’ve got some ideas on how to spend World Gin Day. You can follow my adventures on instagram – I’ll be at Junipalooza London – or check out the #worldginday hashtag to see what everyone else is up to.

It’s a fantastic day, so please drink responsibly.

Celebration Competition

Celebration Competition!

I passed a little social media milestone this week and I have 10,000 reasons to be happy 🙂

To celebrate I’ve created a little competition where you could win one of 3 Gin and Tonic Packs. The packs are:

  • Star of Bombay Gin with Strangelove Light and Dirty Tonic

or

  • Hendricks Gin HotHouse gift set with Strangelove Light and Dirty Tonic

or

  • Poltergeist Unfiltered Gin with Strangelove Light and Dirty Tonic

THIS COMPETITION HAS NOW CLOSED

Thank you for reading, liking, commenting and sharing the Gin Queen love!

Terms & Conditions

Entrants must be over 18
Open to UK, Australian and NZ residents only
One entry per applicant
Closing date is midnight (AEST) on 1st May 2017
Winner will be drawn at random and notified via email within 24 hours

 

Thank you for reading, liking, commenting and sharing the Gin Queen love!

5 of the Best Gin Cocktails in Melbourne

I like to think that one of the reasons Melbourne continues to be the most liveable city in the world is largely due to the thriving bar culture, with many bars (Eau de Vie and Black Pearl) winning global recognition for their drink innovation, service and style.

To save you time the next time you head out I’ve picked 5 of the best gin cocktails for you to try.

Gin & Tonic Old Fashioned

Gin Palace Old Fashioned

Where: Gin Palace, 10 Russell Place, Melbourne.

What: Settlers Oak Aged gin stirred down with Sinkonah tonic syrup and a Honey Joy on the side, what’s not to love?

Aviator Cocktail

Eau de Vie Aviation

Where: Eau de Vie, 1 Malthouse Lane, Melbourne.

What: So pretty! Eau de Vie’s riff on an Aviation cocktail is made with Beefeater gin, freshly squeezed lemon juice, rhubarb and juniper puree and maraschino liqueur and garnished with a fluffy cloud and a paper plane! This has to be one of the most photogenic cocktails ever!

Lola Colada

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Where: Union Electric, 13 Heffernan Lane, Melbourne.

What: Star of Bombay, Curacao, ginger syrup, lemon juice and Coco Lopez cream of coconut are shaken and served over cracked ice and garnished wiht fresh flowers, orange peel and cracked black pepper. Sweet, creamy and punchy, you won’t be able to stop at one!

Copa de Vida

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Where: Black Pearl, 304 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, Melbourne.

What: Gin, yuzu, agave, kiwi, lime and truffle tincture are all shaken together and garnished with Vietnamese mint leaves. Utterly refreshing.

Rosemary Gimlet

Where: Bad Frankie, 141 Greeves Street, Fitzroy, Melbourne.

What: Kangaroo Island Spirits O Gin is shaken with fresh lime juice and sugar syrup and garnished withe a fresh sprig of rosemary. Heavenly!

Where are your favourite cocktail in Melbourne?

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Meet the Makers Australian Gin Degustation ~ Sydney

Following on from the sell-out event in Melbourne and lots of readers requests, I’m thrilled to announce Meet the Makers Australian Gin Degustation ~ Sydney, with  CAPI  once again sponsoring the event.

The Distillers

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Ian Glen, Stone Pine Gin

Ian Glen has devoted his entire career to malting, brewing and distilling in Australia and abroad. His Stone Pine Gin has won Silver in the IWSC Dry Gin category.

Jesse and Griffin, Poor Tom's Gin
Jesse and Griffin, Poor Toms Gin

Jesse and Griffin were making their gin at their kitchen table, before joining forces with industry stalwart Marcel Thompson who began as a distillers apprentice before going on to work with some of the biggest gin brands around, including Gordon’s and Tanqueray. Poor Toms Gin is the fruit of their labour and the newest Sydney gin.

Craig Johnson, Loch Gin
Craig Johnson, Loch Gin

After falling in love with single malt whisky on a tour of the UK, Craig Johnson decided to leave the rat-race, buy an old bank building and build a brewery and distillery. As well as making a cracking gin, Craig also makes beer and a whisky is in the pipe-line.

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William McHenry, McHenry Gin

 

William set out to make whisky (his first release with be available soon) but he is becoming very well-known for his range of gins, with his McHenry & Sons Classic Dry Gin recently winning Gold in the US 2014 Sip Awards.

Mark Watkins, Botanic Australis
Mark Watkins, Botanic Australis

Founder of Mt Uncle Distillery in Walkamin Far North Queensland, Mark has won multiple awards including Double Gold in the San Francisco ISC & Gold in the Hong Kong IW&SC for his Botanic Australis gin.

The event

Each distiller will be sharing his journey from the initial idea, choosing to use native botanicals and the creation of the final spirit, providing you with a unique insight into the world of craft distilling. You will taste each gin neat, then in a cocktail served with a matching dish by The Corner House, Bondi. There will be plenty of opportunities to chat to the distillers and ask questions.

The venue

Our venue for the event is The Corner House. Once a stop for the Bondi Tram, this iconic building is now ‘home’ of the quintessential Bondi dining experience.

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The Details

When: Thursday 5th November 7.00pm

Where: The Corner House, 281 Bondi Road, Bondi.

Tickets: $155 each (non-refundable) and includes drink and canapé on arrival, gin flight and 4 gin cocktails with matching dishes)

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Proudly sponsored by capi

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Meet the Makers Australian Gin Degustation

There is nothing I like more than sharing my passion for gin and its makers with like-minded people!

This “Meet the Makers Australian Gin Degustation” has been an idea for a while and I’ll so excited that it’s come together. I am also thrilled to announce that CAPI are sponsoring the event. CAPI produces clean, natural refreshments including one of my favourite tonic waters!

The Distillers

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Ian Glen Stone Pine Gin

Ian Glen has devoted his entire career to malting, brewing and distilling in Australia and abroad. His Stone Pine Gin has won Silver in the IWSC Dry Gin category.

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Cameron MacKenzie Four Pillars Gin

Before throwing his lot into the production of craft spirits, Cam was a fifteen year veteran of the wine trade having made, sold, marketed and judged many of Victoria’s best known wine brands. His award-winning Four Pillars Gin has gained an incredible reputation at home and overseas.

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Andrew Marks Melbourne Gin Company

Andrew followed his parents in a career in the wine industry and produces well-regarded wines under The Wanderer label. His love for martinis lead him to create Melbourne Dry Gin and he dreams of one day owning a gin botanical garden.

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William McHenry McHenry Gin

William set out to make whisky (his first release with be available soon) but he is becoming very well-known for his range of gins, with his McHenry & Sons Classic Dry Gin recently winning Gold in the US 2014 Sip Awards.

Mark-Watkins-Botanic-Australis
Mark Watkins Botanic Australis

Founder of Mt Uncle Distillery in Walkamin Far North Queensland, Mark has won multiple awards including Double Gold in the San Francisco ISC & Gold in the Hong Kong IW&SC for his Botanic Australis gin.

The event

Each distiller will be sharing his journey from the initial idea, choosing to use native botanicals and the creation of the final spirit, providing you with a unique insight into the world of craft distilling. You will taste each gin neat, then in a cocktail served with a matching dish by celebrated restaurant Cumulus Inc. There will be plenty of opportunities to chat to the distillers and ask questions.

The venue

Our venue for the event is Arc One gallery. This contemporary and functioning gallery is absolutely gorgeous!

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The Details

When: Wednesday 7th October 7-9.30pm

Where: The Arc One Gallery, 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

Tickets: $145 each (non-refundable) and includes drink and canapé on arrival, gin flight and 4 gin cocktails with matching dishes)

Proudly sponsored by capi

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Meet Tim Stones, Global Brand Ambassador, Beefeater Gin

During my visit to Beefeater Gin Distillery I got to meet Tim Stones, Global Brand Ambassador. Aside from scaring me to death by jumping out on me during my tour, he was a great guide to all things Beefeater and I’m thrilled he agreed to be interviewed, even though I am massively jealous of his “office”.

How long have you been a Brand Ambassador?

6 awesome years.

How did you become a BA?

After doing some freelance work for Beefeater I was asked to look after BA duties in Europe while the original BA Dan Warner went to launch Beefeater 24 in the US for 6 months. When he came back they decided to keep me on.

What is the best thing about your job?

The travel, getting to experience cocktail cultures around the world, and all the wonderful people I get to meet. The drinks industry is a wonderfully close-knit community.

Describe a typical week?

There’s no such thing! The nature of the job means there’s always something different going on. I divide my time between the distillery in Kennington, the office in Hammersmith and the rest of the world and it can change quite quickly. It’s rare to have a month planned out far in advance. The main consistencies though are travel, hosting and expenses.

Who/what inspires you?

I’m lucky enough to work with (in my opinion) the best gin distiller in the world, Desmond Payne. His knowledge and dedication to making a great gin is quite amazing. He’s also hilarious.

Your favourite gin cocktail and why?

The martini. It’s such a simple, elegant drink that really shows off the gin.

Which are your favourite bars (anywhere in the world)?

In no particular order: The Gin Joint, Athens, Happiness Forgets, London, Casita, London,  Delicatessen, MoscowMother’s Ruin, New York and Collage, Barcelona

What’s next? Any future plans?

I’m currently training to be a distiller, so when I finally decide to hang up the suitcase I’ve got something gin-related to keep me busy.

Tim's "office"
Tim’s “office”

Blackthorn Cocktail

Reading about cocktails is a wonderful by-product of my gin passion. These days many high-profile bars produce their own cocktail books, often by turning their menus into something unique and collectable. Dead Rabbit in New York is one example, as is Death and Co. . Closer to home Eau De Vie has a beautiful book.

Buying cocktail books from bars that I might never get a chance to visit, might seem a little sad, but it’s  a great way to learn about cocktails. Please Don’t Tell in New York is on my bucket list of bars to visit, but with no trip to New York in sight, I’ve been content to browse their beautiful cocktail book.

So, imagine my excitement when it was announced this week that Jim Meehan and Jeff Bell are coming to Melbourne in August to take over Black Pearl!

In celebration of this event,  I decided to make a Blackthorn cocktail from their book. This drink is taken from the Sideboard Manual (1900) and is essentially a Sloe Negroni without Campari, and provides a delicate alternative to serve to those Campari-haters.

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Ingredients for a Blackthorn Cocktail

45ml Plymouth Gin

20ml Sloe Gin (I swapped out the Plymouth Sloe Gin for McHenry’s)

20ml Carpano Antica Sweet Vermouth

2 dashes orange bitters

Method

Stir with ice and then strain into a chilled coupe. Garnish with an orange twist.

Enjoy!