The Gin-ger-cillin Cocktail

On my recent visit to Thomas Olive, I spent some time grilling the bartender, Alan. I asked about how cocktails evolve (usually from the classics), creating cocktails for competitions (Alan was competing in a Bombay Sapphire competition for Project Botanicals) and the desire for bartenders to create their own ‘signature’ cocktail.

We talked about modern-day bartending legends, including Sam Ross, one of Australia’s finest, who created The Penicillin Cocktail. Alan was all set to make me one when I reminded him I’m a gin-only customer.

Pausing for a moment, he said “I reckon we could make a version¬†with gin” before grabbing a bottle of Botanist (in place of the blended whisky) and Bols Genever in place of the malt. And so The Gin-ger-cillin Cocktail was born. An homage to gin, ginger and Alan’s magnificent ginger beard.

Ingredients for the Gin-ger-cillin Cocktail

30ml Botanist Gin

30ml Bols Genever

20ml Ginger Syrup

20ml freshly squeezed lemon juice

Shake all ingredients together in an ice-filled shaker until very cold. Strain into a chilled glass and garnish with an orange twist. Enjoy!

P.S. Be sure to check out the artwork on the walls created by one of the staff, Joanna.

The Gin Queen

The Gin Queen

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