World Gin Day 2016


My favourite day of the year celebrates its 8th birthday on Saturday 11th June. World Gin Day 2016 is a global celebration of the juniper juice, with the simple idea of getting people together to drink gin.

As if we need an excuse!

As Australian Ambassador, I’ve been busy updating the global website with all the fantastic Australian events that are happening. You can see the full list here, but I’ve selected my pick of the bunch, to help you plan your day!


Forgive the bias, but my home town has always been fantastic at organising World Gin Day events. There is a lot going on, but these are my favourites.

Visit Four Pillars Gin Distillery ~ 10.30am-9pm


There is nothing like visiting a distillery to understand and appreciate the work that goes into making a bottle of gin. The masterclasses on the day are now sold out, but you can still pop in and enjoy the festivities, sample a gin or two and purchase something delicious to take home. The Bloody Shiraz or Cousin Vera‘s gins are my recommendations if you can’t choose!

Gin Extravaganza at Gin Palace ~ 12pm-3am

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

The Grande Dame of Melbourne will be the place to be on World Gin Day. Offering a unique celebration of all things gin, there will be buy one get one free Gin and tonics, Negroni and Martinis until 10pm,  a $5 Mini Martinez table served by a Tom Cat, Plymouth Martini massages in the Harem and a Gin inspired dessert table from 6pm.

Experience Fresh Gin at Craft & Co ~12.30-3.00pm

I’m a huge fan of Craft & Co, an exciting venture that opened earlier this year that celebrates all Australian food and drink. With a brewery, distillery, delicatessen, restaurant and a bottle shop all on site, its heaven!

Bartending legend Sebastian Reaburn (formerly of Lui Bar, 1806 and co-owner of Heartbreaker) has recently taken the helm at Craft & Co as the distiller. World Gin Day will see the first run of gin come off the still, and you can be there to enjoy it!

Running from 12.30pm-3.00pm the Craft & Co event will offer you the opportunity to taste gin straight from the still, hear Sebastian talk about gin production, take you on a guided tour of the distillery before you taste a delicious Martini made with fresh Craft & Co. gin.
Archie Rose Distilling Co., The West Winds Gin & Four Pillars Gin will also be there offering tastings of their gins.

Tickets are $48 and are limited to 50 places. Book here

One Botanical at a time at Bad Frankie ~1-3pm

Andrew Marks from Melbourne Gin Company and Bad Frankie owner Sebastian Costello present this unique masterclass on the botanicals that go into this amazing gin.

Andrew Marks and Seb Costello
Andrew Marks and Seb Costello

You’ll have an opportunity to handle, smell and taste each botanical individually, understand the effect on your palate and how all the ingredients work together.

Melbourne Gin Company botanicals
Melbourne Gin Company botanicals

Tickets are $30 (includes a taste of each botanical and two Melbourne Gin Company Gin & Tonics, one on arrival and one half way through). Book here.

Bass & Flinders Launch Angry Ant Gin at Pilgrim Bar ~ 2pm & 4pm

Angry Ant gin is the latest gin from Bass & Flinders Distillery. The botanicals were hand-picked??????????????????????????????????????????? ????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????at the sustainable Wooleen Station in Central WA and include Mulla Mulla, and Purple Vetch flowers,native lemongrass and sandalwood nuts, the currant bush and ANTS.

Angry Ant Gin
My bottle next to the Ants at Melbourne Museum!

Hear about this fascinating project from co-founder Wayne Klintworth at this Talk & Taste session.

Book 2pm session here. Book 4pm session here.

Negroni Masterclasses at Nieuw Amsterdam ~ 2pm & 4pm

(image via Nieuw Amsterdam)
(image via Nieuw Amsterdam)

Negroni food pairing? Yes please! Nieuw Amsterdam will take you on a trip through the wild and wonderful history of this global classic, its most popular spin-offs and show you how to make a Negroni for any time of day.

Book here.


Made in Britain Revisited at The Barber Shop ~2-4pm

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In celebration of the Queen’s Birthday weekend & World Gin Day, The Barber Shop Team will take you on a journey of Cocktails that were created and served in Britain over the last few Centuries.

$69 pp includes:2 cocktails, 2 G&Ts and charcuterie and cheese boards. Book here.

Australian Gin Masterclass at Gin & It ~ 2-4pm


Ian Glen Stone Pine Gin

Ian Glen from Stone Pine Distillery and Petr Dvoracek take you on a journey through the history of gin and Australian craft gin production.

$69 pp and includes: Cocktail on arrival, 8 Australian gin tasting, gin and tonic of your choice, charcuterie and cheese boards plus a trivia quiz with prizes.

Book here.

Tailored Gin Experience at Archie Rose Distillery ~ 6-7pm

For gin lovers who are after something personalised! You’ll have the opportunity to select and balance botanical distillates with guidance from the Archie Rose team to create a one of a kind gin. Once you’ve made your selection your ‘Tailored Gin’ will be made by hand right then and there in the distillery.


$120pp. To book, email


Gin-Tastic fun at The Howling Owl ~4pm- late

So many things to do at The Howling Owl!  A GIN WHEEL OF FORTUNE (I want one) to win Gin prizes! Happy Hour specials, a Hendrick’s Bar and live DJs.


Make your own gin at the Bootlegging Gin Master Class with Jon Lark from Kangaroo Islands Gin Distillery ($90 pp booking essential for the masterclass


(image via KIS)
(image via KIS)


Australian Gin dinner ~ 6-10pm

The Pialligo Estate culinary team have partnered with the Martini Whisperer, Phillip Jones, and craft spirit distributors Nip of Courage to present a special menu with bespoke cocktails that showcase some of Australia’s award winning craft gins to celebrate World Gin Day.
You’ll experience a Martini on arrival, learn how to make the perfect one yourself, and have the opportunity to sample a range of craft gins from around Australia.

$155 pp. Book here.


Dutch Courage Officer’s Mess ~ 11am til late

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5, yes 5 gin masterclasses! Book in for the session of your choice, or do them all with an all-day pass for just $40. Featuring a Tanqueray Bloody Mary Brunch, Gin Mare & Botanist,  Pinkster & Bloom, Four Pillars and Hendrick’s.

Book via


Gin Masterclass at Hippocampus Distillery ~ 4-5.30pm

Hippocampus GIn

Sip on a classic gin cocktail (martini anyone?!) while learning about the hand-crafted distillation process that makes Hippocampus Gin before embarking on a tasting session of different gin styles.. Master distiller, Alex, will be on hand to answer any questions you may have.

$35 pp.Book here.

A Gin-inspired evening of gin and food ~ 6.30-10pm

Hippocampus Gin has partnered with Gordon Street Garage for a special evening of gin and fine food. You’ll begin the evening at the distillery bar with a guided gin tasting and cocktail before moving across the road to Gordon Street Garage for a gin-inspired sharing menu  – think freshly shucked oysters with high pour of gin and woodfired pork belly with a juniper rub and includes a mini negroni for dessert.

$70 pp. Book here.

I hope you’ve got some ideas on how to spend World Gin Day. You can follow my adventures on instagram and snapchat (theginqueenau) or check out the #worldginday hashtag to see what everyone is up to.

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


World Gin Day 2015 Mega Giveaway

World Gin Day is like my birthday, Christmas, summer holiday and New Year’s Eve all rolled into one! This year has been amazing year for this passion of mine, so I wanted to do something special for World Gin Day.

As a result of the lovely people in the gin industry, I have put together a World Gin Day 2015 MEGA GIVEAWAY.



One lucky person will receive:

  • Limited edition Bombay Sapphire Laverstoke Mill Decanter (full of delicious gin)
  • 200ml Four Pillars Gunpowder Proof Gin
  • Four Pillars Orange Marmalade
  • Four Pillars Negroni Marmalade
  • Hendrick’s Etiquette for Gentleman pack (includes 2 miniatures plus book – 2 shown only one in prize pack)
  • 200ml Broken Heart Gin
  • 200ml McHenry and Son Barrel-Aged Gin
  • 200ml McHenry and Son Classic Gin
  • 200ml McHenry and Son Sloe Gin
  • 200ml McHenry and Son Navy Strength Gin
  • 50ml G’Vine Floraison
  • 50ml G’Vine Nouaison
  • 375ml La Quintinye Vermouth Rouge


  • Negroni by Gaz Regan
  • Bombay Sapphire Cocktail Book
  • Shaken not Stirred Martini Book by Jared Brown & Anastasia Miller

PLUS not pictured above: Sipsmith Limited Edition Gin Cordial  (not for general sale) and one pHenomenal Tonic Syrup.







It’s so easy to enter! Simply:

1. subscribe to the Gin Queen newsletter (if you haven’t already done so)

2. Answer this question in the comments section below

“——- is the dominant botanical in gin”

Massive thanks to Four Pillars, Sipsmith, Bombay Sapphire, G’Vine, La Quintinye, Broken Heart Gin, William McHenry & Sons, Hendrick’s Gin and pHenomenal tonic syrup.

(Terms and conditions: Australia only, you must be over 18 years old to enter, correct entries will be drawn at random on 19th June. One winner only)

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Celebrating World Gin Day 2015

My picks on where you should be celebrating World Gin Day 2015!


Gin Palace


The centre of the Melbourne gin scene, Gin Palace puts the rest of the nation to shame with it’s stupendous line up of workshops. Not one, not 2 but 8 events will be happening at the Gin Palace on World Gin Day, starting with Breakfast Bubbles at 12pm and finishing with a Botanical Masterclass at 5pm The full listing can be found here. Remember to pace yourselves people!

Thomas Olive

Alan and Conor Thomas Olive
image copyright Tim Grey

You may have seen Alan and Connor from Thomas Olive stripping off in Broadsheet to highlight the high taxation on Australian spirits! From Tuesday 9th until Saturday 13th Thomas Olive and West Winds Gin will be covering all of the excise tax applied to West Winds Gin, meaning martinis and Gin and Tonics will be half price. Hopefully, these two will have found their clothes by then.

Bass & Flinders


Bass & Flinders will be holding a gin-making session at Romulus and Remus in Richmond. Ticket includes grazing menu and a 50ml bottle of your gin to take home. More information here.

Four Pillars Gin


This year will be the last time the Four Pillars crew celebrate World Gin Day at their current location. As part of their goodbye before relocating to the new distillery, they are holding a Pop-up from 10.30am-4.30pm. The gins will be available for purchase as well as some very limited editions, including the Spiced Negroni Gin pictured above. There will also be cocktails, pizza and afternoon tea. Plus Wilma!

More information here.


The BarberShop


My favourite place to drink in Sydney has create it’s own gin! The Barber’s Cut comes in at 43% and is available from 4pm as a nip or in special World Gin Day cocktails. Remember to leave some for me!

The Powder Keg


The Powder Keg kicks off with early with festivities beginning on Thursday 11th June. There will be cocktail specials and giveaways over the whole weekend, their G&Ts are a must (see the featured image above for an example)


Enrique’s School for Bull-fighting


Enjoy a dinner with a difference! On Tuesday June 16th, Tanqueray and West Winds Gin will be matched with delicious dishes to delight gin-lovers! More information here.


The Howling Owl


Head to The Howling Owl where you can play the gin wheel (and win a FREE gin), enjoy special prices on gin cocktails but best of all make your own gin in a Bootlegging Masterclass lead by Kangaroo Islands Spirits Master Distiller, Jon Lark!

More information here.

Nothing here that takes your fancy? Head over to World Gin Day official website to see events in your area.