The Gin Queen’s Christmas Gift Guide 2017

In another life, I’d be a professional shopper. I love seeking out the perfect gifts for friends and family. If you haven’t finished (or started) your Christmas shopping yet, my Christmas Gift Guide might be what you need! As ever, I’m not paid to promote these, I’ve just picked things I’d love to see in my stocking on Christmas morning!

Something to read

Mr Lyan’s Good Together

If you enjoyed Ryan Chetiyawardana’s first book; Good things to drink, you’ll love this. It’s chock-full of fabulous drinks and food pairings for you and your friend stop enjoy.

RRP: $30.75 Order via Booktopia 

Meehan’s The Bartender Manual

 

 

Jim Meehan has been at the top of the cocktail game since opening his bar PDT in New York. The PDT cocktail book is one of my favourites, but is about to be replaced by his latest book, Meehan’s Bartender Manual. It crammed full insights into bartending, includes contributions from esteemed colleagues and lots of recipes of you to try. Perfect for the bar geek or enthusiastic amateur.

RRP: $49.95 Order via Booktopia 

Rich Woods: The Cocktail Guy

 

I had the goof fortunate to interview Rich a couple of years ago and try several of his drinks. Incredibly creative and innovative (Nutella negroni anyone?), Rich’s drinks are a little out of the reach of most home-bartenders, but this book is still a fascinating read. Now, to start saving for a Rotovap…

RRP: $30.25 Order via Booktopia 

Something to wear

Esa Evan Gin necklace

 

Esa Evans Gin Necklace

 

RRP $35 Order here

Gin Commodity Fragrance

I’ve been wearing this at every opportunity this year! Commodity Gin Eau de Parfum is part of Commodity’s Black Collection, which includes scents that are complex, intense, and moody. This is a fresh and woodsy scent that can be worn by men and women.Key Notes: Juniper Berry, Lime, Ginger Leaf

RRP $29.95 (30ml) Available instore from  Sephora

663toZERO T-shirt

Spoiling our loved ones is part of Christmas, but how about sparing a few dollars for a good cause? Mitch Horrocks, launched 663toZero this year to focus on helping Ugandans have access to clean water. Sales from this T-shirt go directly to support this initiative.

RRP $40 Order here.

Something to use

Gin Cushion

This fun cushion from Kelly Connor Designs can be personalised. There is also an awesome tote bag available too!

 

$43.50 + free AU shipping. Order here.

Waterford Crystal Lismore Black Cocktail Pair

My inner-goth swooned when I spotted these beauties. A little Morticia Adams? Maybe, but I would love to sip a martini from these.

 

RRP: $399 David Jones

Waterford Crystal Elegance Optic Champagne Belle Coupe Pair

Beautiful, contemporary design, perfect for martinis, Bees Knees, French 75s…you get he idea

RRP $99.95 Waterford Crystal

Tiffany Sterling Silver Crazy Straw

 

Yes, yes, it is a CRAZY amount to spend on a straw. But it *is* from Tiffany, plus you’ll be doing your bit for the environment! WIN WIN!

RRP $415 from Tiffany

Something to drink

 

TRUE NORTH SPIRIT KITS

Have a spirits geek in the family? Why not gift them a special spirit kit from True North? Beautifully packaged and carefully curated, you can choose from Whisky Voyager or Gin Voyager. Each kit contains 5 x 50ml samples and information on each.If you really want to make an impression you can sign up as a member to receive exclusive monthly spirits kits.

RRP $99.99 from True North

The Antique Collection ~The Everleigh Bottling Company

A truly special gift. The Antique collection showcases classic drinks made with specially sourced antique spirits from 1950 to 1980. Featuring a 1950s martini, a 1960s vesper, a 1970s negroni and a 1980s Robbie Burns. This is a limited edition set so be quick.

RRP $249 from The Everleigh Bottling Co.

WIN COMPLETE SET OF ELEPHANT GIN!

It’s the last day of the 12 Days of Gin-Mas 2017…BOO HOO! But don’t worry we the final prize is a brilliant one. You could win a complete set of Elephant Gin !

Elephant gin’s founders were inspired to create their gin to support  wildlife conservation in Africa. 15% from each bottle sold goes towards three foundations that do just that; Space for Elephants, Big Life Foundation, and David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.

Elephant gin is available in three varieties; classic, Navy Strength and Sloe and you can win ALL THREE!!

THIS COMPETITION HAS NOW CLOSED

 

Terms and Conditions

Entrants must be over 18
Open to UK, Australian and NZ residents only
One entry per applicant
Closing date is midnight (AEST) on 12th December 2017
Winner will be drawn at random and notified via email within 24 hours

WIN DODD’S OLD TOM GIN AND KEW EXPLORER’S STRENGTH GIN

Darren Rook, founder and distiller of Dodd’s Gin and Kew Organic Gin is one of the most creative distillers in the industry. Both gins required painstaking research and experimentation and are two of my most favourite gins.

When I visited London in June, I had the opportunity to attend the launch of two of Darren’s latest creations, Dodd’s Old Tom gin and Kew Explorer’s Strength gin.

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Dodd’s Old Tom is a sweeter style gin that pre-dates London Dry. Darren has replaced the raspberry leaf and London honey of the original recipe and replaced them with fennel seed, lemon peel and licorice for sweetness.

Kew Organic is a difficult gin to beat, so I was excited about the Explorer’s Strength.  It’s a bolder expression of the original and comes in at 57.3% ABV and instead of being created from four different distillates, like the original, it has been created using a one shot distillation method.

Both of these gins launched at Junipalooza Melbourne and were very well-received, but at the time were unavailable for purchase. I am delighted that Darren and the team have offered up a bottle of each to one lucky person for 12 Days of Gin-Mas!!

THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED

 

Terms and Conditions

Entrants must be over 18
Open to UK, Australian and NZ residents only
One entry per applicant
Closing date is midnight (AEST) on 11th December 2017
Winner will be drawn at random and notified via email within 24 hours

WIN PROHIBITION LIQUOR CO GINS

DAY 10 ~12 DAYS OF GIN-MAS

Prohibition Liquor Company burst onto the Australian gin scene two years ago and quickly gained a strong following with their quirky bottle (a nod to American Prohibition) and tasty gin (made in conjunction with Applewood Distillery). In 2018 they are looking to open a cellar door in Adelaide so we can all visit!

They have also created a bold Bath tub Cut gin. It’s currently the highest proof Australian gin available, and they are offering a bottle of each gin as their prize for 12 Days of Gin-Mas!

THIS COMPETITION HAS NOW CLOSED

 

Terms and Conditions

Entrants must be over 18
Open to UK, Australian and NZ residents only
One entry per applicant
Closing date is midnight (AEST) on 10th December 2017
Winner will be drawn at random and notified via email within 24 hours

WIN A SET OF KALKIMOON GIN AND MATCHING GLASSES

DAY 9 ~12 DAYS OF GIN-MAS 2017

 

Kalkimoon Distillery is owned by Rick Prosser, who previously worked at Bundaberg Rum for 13 years. The knowledge he built up here lead to him pursuing his own dream of owning a distillery himself and this year he did just that. Aside for making gin, Rick is also producing vodka and liqueurs.
Kalkimoon Premium has already picked a bronze medal at the prestigious International Wine and Spirits Competition in London. To celebrate Rick has put together this incredible prize for one lucky winner, featuring a bottle of each of his gins PLUS two Kalkimoon glasses!

WIN A SET OF KALKIMOON GIN AND MATCHING GLASSES

 

THIS COMPETITION HAS NOW CLOSED

 

Terms and Conditions

Entrants must be over 18
Open to UK, Australian and NZ residents only
One entry per applicant
Closing date is midnight (AEST) on 9th December 2017
Winner will be drawn at random and notified via email within 24 hours

WIN AN ADELAIDE HILLS DISTILLERY NEGRONI SET

DAY 7 ~12 DAYS OF GIN-MAS

Sacha LaForgia is one of Australia’s most talented young distillers. His original gin, 78 Degrees has won several awards. This year, channeling his passion for native ingredients and wanting to support Indigeneous communities, Sacha created  Green Ant gin in collaboration with Something Wild Beverages.

Gin Dinner at Saint Crispin

However, the addition of ‘The Italian’ (an aperativo) and vermouth ~ both a nod to Sacha’s Italian heritage mean we can now enjoy a fully Australian negroni!

WIN AN ADELAIDE HILLS DISTILLERY NEGRONI SET

Simply fill out the form below to be entered into the competition. Good Luck!

THIS COMPETITION HAS NOW CLOSED

Terms and Conditions

Entrants must be over 18
Open to UK, Australian and NZ residents only
One entry per applicant
Closing date is midnight (AEST) on 7th December 2017
Winner will be drawn at random and notified via email within 24 hours

WIN TWO ANIMUS DISTILLERY GIN GIFT PACKS

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WIN TWO ANIMUS DISTILLERY GIN GIFT PACKS

Animus Distillery launched their gins at Junipalooza Melbourne 2016 and were the smash success of the event. Having three different gins available means there is definitely something to suit everyone’s taste.

Recently, they’ve moved to wonderful new premises in Kyneton complete with new still and fabulous cocktail bar ~ I’ll be running a Gin Queen on Tour trip here in 2018, so keep your eyes peeled for more info coming soon!

Feeling super-generous and possibly solving your Christmas shopping woes, the team are offering TWO of their wonderful gift packs, featuring each of their gins. So you can keep on for yourself and give one to the favourite person in your life!

WIN TWO ANIMUS DISTILLERY GIN GIFT PACKS

Simply fill out the form below to be entered into the competition. Good Luck!

THIS COMPETITION HAS NOW CLOSED

 

Terms and Conditions

Entrants must be over 18
Open to UK, Australian and NZ residents only
One entry per applicant
Closing date is midnight (AEST) on 6th December 2017
Winner will be drawn at random and notified via email within 24 hours

WIN TWO STONE PINE DISTILLERY GINS

12 Days of Gin-Mas Day 5

WIN TWO STONE PINE DISTILLERY GINS

Ian Glen, owner of Stone Pine Distillery in Bathurst, New South Wales, has been making gin for almost 10 years. He loves working with native botanicals and has successfully experimented with truffles and local orange blossom to create two distinctly different gins.

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Ian Glen Stone Pine Gin

This year Ian launched Japhet White gin, made with local saltbush and lemon myrtle, which he is offering as a prize alongside his original Stone Pine Dry gin!

WIN TWO STONE PINE DISTILLERY GINS

Simply fill out the form below to be entered into the competition. Good Luck!

THIS COMPETITION HAS NOW CLOSED

 

Terms and Conditions

Entrants must be over 18
Open to UK, Australian and NZ residents only
One entry per applicant
Closing date is midnight (AEST) on 5th December 2017
Winner will be drawn at random and notified via email within 24 hours

WIN NEVER NEVER GINS AND T-SHIRT

DAY 8 12 Days of Gin-Mas WIN NEVER NEVER GINS AND T-SHIRT

Never Never Distilling Co burst onto the Australian gin scene with their Triple Distilled Juniper gin earlier this year and has been flat-out ever since. For me, it was love at first taste.They smashed it at Junipalooza Melbourne, releasing a limited edition called Juniper Freak with even more juniper flavour. This sold out almost immediately  and I thought it was never to be seen again!

Luckily for you, the team have uncovered a bottle of Juniper Freak and this, together with their original Triple Distilled Juniper gin and a T-shirt (choice of black or white) makes up today’s epic prize!

WIN NEVER NEVER GINS AND T-SHIRT

Simply fill out the form below to be entered into the competition. Good Luck!

THIS COMPETITION HAS NOW CLOSED

 

Terms and Conditions

Entrants must be over 18
Open to UK, Australian and NZ residents only
One entry per applicant
Closing date is midnight (AEST) on 8th December 2017
Winner will be drawn at random and notified via email within 24 hours

WIN FOUR PILLARS CHRISTMAS GIN GIFT BOX AND BARSPOON

12 Days of Gin-Mas Day 4

HAPPY BIRTHDAY FOUR PILLARS!

This is a special day indeed as it marks the 4th birthday of Four Pillars Gin! It’s hard to believe that it was only four years ago that I hit the pozible campaign website.

Now established as Australia’s Number 1 gin, and taking on the world, Four Pillars goes from strength to strength. Epic collaborations with distilleries around the world, innovative gins (Bloody Shiraz anyone?) and one of the best distillery cellar doors around, I can’t wait to see what the next four years bring!

In celebration of their birthday and because GIN-MAS! The team have offered this incredible prize for one lucky person to win.

WIN FOUR PILLARS CHRISTMAS GIN GIFT BOX AND BARSPOON

Simply fill out the form below to be entered into the competition. Good Luck!

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THIS COMPETITION HAS NOW CLOSED

Terms and Conditions

Entrants must be over 18
Open to UK, Australian and NZ residents only
One entry per applicant
Closing date is midnight (AEST) on 4th December 2017
Winner will be drawn at random and notified via email within 24 hours