30 Martinis for you to try!

The proper union of gin and vermouth is a great and sudden glory; it is one of the happiest marriages on earth, and one of the shortest lived.” Bernard DeVoto

Happy World Martini Day! For me, martinis are hard to beat, however I hear from many of you that martinis are too strong or overpowering to become a regular in your gin cocktail repertoire.

There are so many different ways to try them, so I firmly believe there is a martini out there for everyone!

So here are 30 martinis you must try!

Millionaire’s Martini

Millionaire's Martini

Champagne and gin? What’s not to love? Full recipe here.

Sloe Gin Martini

Sloe Gin Martini

Sloe gin isn’t just for sipping over ice! Full recipe here.

Fifty-Fifty Martini

fifty-fifty martini

Equal parts vermouth and gin, this is a perfect martini for the beginner! Full recipe here.

Boomerang Martini

Boomerang martini

A popular drink from the 30’s and 40’s. Full recipe here.

Vesper martini

007’s creation (we won’t talk about his preference for vodka martinis…). Full recipe here.

Arnaud Martini

Arnaud martini

Named after the pre-war French singer, Yvonne Arnaud. Full recipe here

Burnt Martini

A little something for the whisky lovers. Full recipe here.

Spanish Martini


Spanish martini

Gin and sherry? Si Si! Full recipe here.

Can Can Martini

Can-can martini

A French flavour to this martini! Full recipe here.

Sweet Martini

Sweet Martini

Not all martinis need to be dry! Full recipe here.

Perfect Martini

All martinis are perfection. This one even more so! Full recipe here.

Dirty Martini

Dirty Martini

The dirtier the better. Full recipe here

Reverse Martini

Can’t handle them dry? Then go for a reverse or ‘wet’ martini. Full recipe here

Dry Martini


My personal favourite. Full recipe here.

Earl Grey Gin Martini

More like a Mar-tea-ni. Full recipe here.

Breakfast Martini

Gin for breakfast? Why not. Full recipe here.


Jinzu gin saketini

Sake and gin go together so well! Full recipe here.


Gibson martini 58 gin

The garnish is a bonus! Full recipe here.



Ranked number three in “The World’s 10 Most Famous Cocktails in 1934”! Full recipe here

The Third Degree

Third degree

Take your pick from a third or fourth (!) degree. Full recipe here.

The Puritan


A late 19th Century cocktail. Full recipe here.

Hanky Panky

Ada Coleman’s classic! Full recipe here.

Rolls Royce


The Savoy Cocktail book strikes again! Full recipe here.

Usual Suspects

The Usual Suspects

A beautiful cocktail that Jim Meehan created for his bar PDT in New York. Full recipe here.



An Old Tom gin based martini. Full recipe here.

Spring Forward

Spring Forward

Sasha Petraske’s riff on a Gibson. Full recipe here.


Marguerite Cocktail

A precursor to the dry martini. Full recipe here.


A Martinez, enjoyed at the Lui Bar, Melbourne

A delightful blend of gin, vermouth and maraschino liqueur. Full recipe here.



A classic from the Savoy Cocktail book. Full recipe here.


Don’t be scared of the absinthe, it’s delicious in this cocktail! Full recipe here.

Which one is your favourite?

If you are interested in the history of the martini, grab yourself a copy of Jared Brown’s book ‘Shaken Not Stirred, A celebration of the martini’

World Gin Day 2018 Distillers Dinner

Join me for a special Distillers Dinner at Arc One Gallery, with food by Cumulus Inc. featuring five of Australia’s leading distillers.

Joining us will be; Cameron Mackenzie – Four Pillars Gin, Dr. Dervilla McGowan – Anther Spirits, Nicole Durdin – Seppeltsfield Road Distillers, Myffanwy Kernke – Shene Estate & Distillery and Tim Boast – Never Never Distillery.

They will each share their stories and introduce their gins before we enjoy it neat and in a cocktail matched with a delicious dish by Cumulus Inc., all in the beautiful surrounds of Arc One Gallery


Tickets are $155 and include 5 dishes, 5 gins and 5 cocktails.

Limited dietary requirements available.

Book now to avoid disappointment!

With thanks to our sponsors:

WIN 2 two tickets to the Anther gin/Taxi Kitchen World Gin Day Botanical High Tea

Haven’t made plans for World Gin Day yet? Don’t worry, I’ve got a couple of tickets for the Anther/Taxi Kitchen World Gin Day Botanical High Tea on Saturday 9th June for you to win!

Anther gin won the Champion Gin award at the Australian Distilled Spirits Awards earlier this year. Their famous Cherry gin has recently been joined by ‘Habitat’, a gin made using botanicals grown in the heart of the Melbourne CBD.

Taxi Kitchen focusses on sustainable, locally sourced produce, with Executive Chef Tony Twitchett delivering contemporary Australian cuisine with a hint of Asian influence.

Taxi Kitchen & Anther Gin take you on a botanical journey through 5 continents over a 5 course lunch matched with 5 gin cocktails.

Anther gin/Taxi Kitchen World Gin Day Botanical High Tea (Saturday 9th June, 1-4pm), Federation Square Level 1, Melbourne1 pm – 4pm



  • Entrants with the correct answer will be drawn at random on Wednesday 6th June
  • The winner will be notified via email on Thursday 7th June
  • Tickets cannot be exchanged for cash. If you are unable to attend, another winner will be drawn.
  • Open to over 18s only

World Gin Day 2018

With only 6 SLEEPS to go! Have you decided how to spend World Gin Day 2018? I’ve done a little round-up of some of the best gin-filled activities of you to enjoy!



Battle of the Regions!

The bar will be pitting some of Victoria’s best Gin regions against each other…

It’s YarraValley vs. MorningtonPeninsula vs. Melbourne vs. Mildura!

Rock up, try the four gins, select your favourite, and then vote! The overall winner will be crowned on Sunday!

Featuring four Victorian gins: Alchemy Distillers, Balcombe Gin, Patient Wolf Gin  and Fossey’s Gin

No booking required

World Gin Day Botanical High Tea

1-4pm Taxi Kitchen, Melbourne

Taxi Kitchen & Anther Gin take you on a botanical journey through 5 continents over a 5 course lunch matched with 5 gin cocktails.

$95 per person.

Stayed glued to my social media feed tomorrow for a chance to win tickets!

Book by emailing groupbookings@taxikitchen.com.au or call 03 9923 2065

Henry Sugar

High Tea Lunch

Three courses of twists on high tea and English classics, including sweet and savoury pastries, baked treats and other delectable morsels, all paired with gin and tea based cocktails. The cocktails will feature a handful of newly released gins, including the ever popular Bloody Shiraz gin from Four pillars, New World Projects’ (known for Starward whisky) Winter gin, and freshly released Nosferatu blood orange gin, plus Kangaroo Island Spirits ‘O’ gin and Sloe gin from Tasmanian distillers McHenry.


Book here


Surrealist Lunch with Hendrick’s gin.

Cocktails and canapés on arrival are followed by 3 courses with cocktails. Hosted by Hendricks’ Ambassador for Australia, Morgan Flanagan. Includes a special gift for guests!

$115 pp 12.30-3.00pm

Book tickets here

Union Electric

Rumble in the Monkey 47 Jungle

Union Electric Bar & Gin Rooftop in Melbourne’s CBD, we will be hosting a launch party for Monkey 47’s Gin Jungle Takeover!

With delicious Monkey 47 inspired cocktails, plus tastings of the good stuff in the afternoon, the festivities kick off from midday until late.

No booking required!



If I was in Sydney,  I would spend World Gin Day here. With over 600 gins on the back bar, Owner Mikey Enright, and manager David Nguyen-Luu walking encyclopedias when it comes to gin.

At 2-3.30pm there is a 90 minute gin masterclass ~ $50pp. Includes Gin Tonica on arrival, oysters, charcuterie and cheese.

Then from 6pm it’s time to party!The team will be launching their new ‘Gin Tonica’ menu and holding a live auction of limited edition vintage 1970s Plymouth gin. Not to be missed!

Book here.


Long Lunch at Osborne Hotel 12-4pm

Enjoy an intimate long lunch, where you will get to learn and drink bespoke cocktails created exclusively for the event whilst enjoying a four course degustation menu by Head Chef, Ben King.

The event will showcase a variety of gin from all over the world, featuring:
Australian: Four Pillars, Yarra Valley
English: Fords, London
United States: Death’s Door, Wisconsin
Sweden: Hernö, Härnösand


Book tickets here


My favourite bar to drink gin when I’m in town! Hairs & Co will be bracing the mainsail and serving up all manner of local gins. No booking fee, no tickets, just join in the fun.

Howling Owl

Howling Owl will be hosting the mother of all gin activities with Flight Club!

Visit the Welcome  Lounge (free entry) 4pm-LATE
Enjoy the new Howling Owl  International Winter Cocktail Menu and a Happy Hour with 2 for 1 gin specials at 5 PM. The DJ starts the party at 7pm! Plus other fun activities like spin the wheel!

For something a little more refined, head to the Mezzanine Flight Deck:

4 PM – Book a seat in the Never Never Distilling Co. Lounge with Gin Cured Salmon & Gin Oyster Martini Shots for only $35
4 PM – Visit the International Martini Bar or pre-purchase The Euro, The UK or The Americas Pass with 3 Martinis curated till late for $45
6 PM – Enjoy a gin flight with Kangaroo Island Spirits founders Jon & Sarah Lark & sample 5 of their award-winning gins paired with Island Canapé Treats for $55
8 PM – Cruise at high altitude with an indulgent Gin & Chocolate pairing with Chocolatier Captain Steven Ter Horst for $40

Book tickets here


Tapas and Tonic

Held in Iberia’s underground gin lair, Sean Baxter from Never Never and Iberia’s own gin enthusiast, Jimmy R, will guide guests through five gin cocktails highlighting Never Never’s Triple Juniper gin. Iberia head chef, Rush Dougie, will curate the menu, matching each unique cocktail with his own brand of tapas.


Book tickets here.



Four Pillars Gin


The iconic Bloody Shiraz gin has just been released and if you haven’t tried it, you are missing out! Head out to the distillery and enjoy a paddle of Four Pillars gin and bring a bottle or two home!

Reed & Co Distillery, Bright

Rachel and Hamish Nugent have gathered some of their distilling buddies from around Australia for a special Meet the Maker event.

Tickets for each session are $30pp

More information here

Fossey’s gin, Mildura

Laneway festival with food, music and entertainment. Tickets are $50pp. Book here.

New South Wales

Poor Toms Gin School 12pm

Not Sunday School. GIN school.

An insiders guide to Poor Toms magical elixir. Includes a complimentary Poor Toms G&T,  flight of Sydney Dry, Fool Strength and other mystery experiments, a $12 voucher for any bottle purchase


Book ticket here.

Book a Tour to Cape Byron Distillery


A guided tour through the Big Scrub Rainforest, learning the history of this magical place. On return to the distillery you’ll enjoy a  gin tasting and have the opportunity to relax on the verandah overlooking a magnificent view.


Book tickets here.

At the very least this World Gin Day, make an effort to visit a local gin distillery or two. To see if there is one open in your area, have a look at my Australian Distillers Map!

Australian Gin Medal Winners from the San Francisco World Spirits Awards 2018

You’ve probably seen many of our native gins sharing the news of their success at the San Francisco World Spirits Awards. As per the last 2 years, I’ve done a round-up for you, covering all the winners!

This year Australian gins won 5 Double Golds (up from 2 in 2017), 7 Golds (up from 4 in 2017), 21 Silver (up from 11 in 2017) and 15 Bronze (up 8 from 2017). A total of 48 medals (up from 26 in 2017).

The state with the most medals was Victoria (15), New South Wales (13), who just pipped South Australia (12 ), followed by Tasmania (5), Queensland (2) and ACT (1).

I don’t have the final number of gins entered but given the ongoing explosion of gin, I would imagine it has significantly increased from the 268 entries in 2017.

Awards are often disregarded as ‘marketing puff’ that many consumers ignore, so I spoke to a couple of distillers to discuss the impact of winning a medal at San Francisco.

Tim Stones, Manly Spirits (Double Gold) “I’m not massively pro-awards as there are so many about. However, I do see then benefit of using them to benchmark our products against other son the market. Winning a Double Gold is a hugely validating experience and completely vindicated my choice of career change.”

Sales Manager, Rob Sutherland, also reported a bigger uptake of their gininto venues.

Sean Baxter, Never Never Distilling Co. (Gold Medal) “The San Francisco World Spirits Competition is the top global comp, the one we all care about. With 43 judges and an extremely high standard, it’s our chance to see how we stack up with the world’s best gins. A gold medal for us means recognition that our gin is up there with the best in the world.”

In addition, Sean told me they were flooded with emails from potential new stockists after the announcement.

Whatever your view on awards it obviously means a lot to the people making the gin and gives them a leg up in a highly competitive market.

Here are the 2018 results in full:

DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL 2018 (Outstanding; earning top marks from all judges.)

Manly Spirits Gin

Manly Spirits Co Australian Dry Gin (NSW)

San Francisco Results 2018


Archie Rose Distillers Strength (NSW)

Dobson’s New England Dry Gin (NSW)

World Gin Day Competition 2017

Poltergeist Gin (Unfiltered) (TAS)

Single Shot Gin, The Melbourne Gin Company (VIC)

GOLD MEDAL 2018 (an excellent product, meeting very high standards)

Triple Juniper Gin, Never Never Distilling Co. (SA)



Brookie's gin

Brookie’s gin (NSW)

Brookie’s Byron Slow Gin, Cape Byron (NSW)

Roots and Leaves Gin, Distillery Botanica (NSW)

Green Ant Gin

Something Wild Green Ant Gin, Adelaide Hills Distillery

Billy Goats Gin, Saleyards Distillery (QLD)

Prohibition gin (SA)

SILVER MEDAL 2016 (A finely crafted spirit, well above average.)

Coastal Citrus Gin, Manly Spirits (NSW)

Horisumi Summer Gin, Archie Rose(NSW)

Signature Dry Gin, Archie Rose(NSW)

Sweet Pea Gin, Dobson’s(NSW)

Whisky Barrel Aged Gin, Manly Spirits(NSW)

Barrel Aged Gin, Twenty Third Street (SA)

Signature Gin, Twenty Third Street (SA)

Bathtub Cut Gin, Prohibition (SA)

Yuzu Gin, Settlers Spirits (SA)

Gin, A True Spirit, Poltergeist (TAS)

Arboretum Gin, Animus (VIC)

Bartender Series Spiced Negroni Gin, Four Pillars (VIC)

Distiller Series Dry Island Gin, Four Pillars x Hernö (VIC)

Gin, BeGin (VIC)

Macedon Dry Gin, Animus (VIC)

Navy Strength Gin, Four Pillars (VIC)

Pink Gin, BeGin (VIC)

78° Gin, Adelaide Hills Distillery (SA)

Dry Gin, Hippocampus (VIC)

Lady Susanne Gin, TerraAustralis Distillery (VIC)

Signature Gin, Underground Spirits (ACT)

Bronze (A well-crafted spirit that deserves recognition.)
Fool Strength Gin, Poor Toms (NSW)
Sydney Dry Gin, Poor Toms (NSW)
Wise Old Goat Gin, Saleyards Distillery (QLD)
Spiced Fig Gin, Settlers Spirits (SA)
Sloe Gin, Settlers Spirits (SA)
Meadow Gin, Dasher + Fisher (TAS)
Ocean Gin, Dasher + Fisher (TAS)
The Splendid Gin (TAS)
Ambrosian Gin, Animus (VIC)
Premium Dry Gin, Patient Wolf (VIC)
Rare Dry Gin, Four Pillars (VIC)
Sherry Cask Gin, Four Pillars (VIC)
Classic Dry Gin, Original Spirit Co.(VIC)
Gin, Applewood Distillery (SA)
London Dry Gin, Vickers (SA)

What is the San Francisco World Spirits Competition?

Launched in 2000, the San Francisco World Spirits Competition is considered the most respected and influential spirits competition in the world, with a rigorous judging process involving highly controlled blind-tastings with an expert panel who only receive information on spirit type, ABV and age (where applicable) to remove bias.

Ambleside Distillers Big Dry gin

A few weeks ago I managed to squeeze in a trip to Adelaide. South Australia is fast becoming the gin state, so I was excited to see a few of the new distilleries popping up. Top of my list was Ambleside Distillers, who opened in November 2017.

I’d recently met Steve, Trudy, Matt and Matt’s partner Bella, when I hosted the Australian Distilled Spirits Awards.  Their Small Acre gin had picked up a Silver medal, which they were naturally delighted about and I was keen to hear more about them.

Ambleside Distillers is a family business. Steve and Trudy’s son Matt was working in London just as Sipsmith opened in 2006. If you recall, Sipsmith was the first gin distillery to open in London for 200 years and played a huge part in the new gin renaissance. Seeing the response to the new wave of gins, when Matt returned to Australia he began discussing the idea of opening a distillery with his parents, where they lived in Hahndorf.

Although the weather was not kind (rain!), the distillery is in a beautiful location and Hahndorf is a major tourism centre, making it the perfect spot for a distillery to thrive. The distillery is on the main road into the town and Steve grinned and told me “If we don’t get you on the way in, we’ll get you as you leave!”. There was certainly plenty of interest when I visited. A steady stream of visitors began arriving immediately the doors opened.

Ambleside Team and I
The rain stopped for 5 minutes so we could grab a photo!

The team have launched three gins, which might ambitious, but they just each made a gin that they really liked!

ambleside gins
The three Ambleside gins

Trudy’s gin is the No. 8 Botanical, and is made with organic Riverland oranges, and Big Dry gin is Matt’s invention. Steve’s recipe is made with ingredients grown around the distillery, including apple, bay leaf and rhubarb. There is some healthy competition between the three, with Trudy saying, “Steve may have won a Silver medal, but mine sells the most!”

Like many distilleries in Australia (including Melbourne gin company, Ambleside Distillers have used grape based spirit from Tarac, while the still was commissioned from a company in Ballarat and is completely copper throughout. With the distillery industry growing, it’s wonderful to see traditional businesses like still-making, also receiving a boost.

The Ambleside gin still


All of the Ambleside gins are really tasty, however, my favourite  of the three was the Big Dry gin made by Matt.

Big Dry Gin Botanicals

Aside from juniper berries, Matt has incorporated jalapeño peppers, kaffir lime leaf, thyme, rosemary, and coriander seed.

Tasting Big Dry Gin

Looking at the botanicals, you can guess that it will be savoury and herbaceous and it doesn’t disappoint. There is lots of juniper on the nose, with citrus from the coriander and kaffir lime also noticeable. The fresh, piney flavour develops into herbal notes , but it’s also fresh and grassy which I put down to the jalapeño pepper. Matt has skillfully captured the freshness of the pepper without the heat.

Drinking Big Dry Gin

Big Dry gin is perfect g&t material. Matt served it  garnished with a slice of jalapeño and coffee beans, an absolutely delicious combination which I copied when I got home.

I’d  recommend you try it in a Gibson martini and I think it would make a divine Red Snapper. Maybe with a little extra jalapeño!

Red Snapper
Red Snapper


ABV: 45%

Price: Medium

You can follow Ambleside Distillers on Facebook and instagram. Alternatively, you can pop in and say hello! Their cellar door opening times can be found here.


Mother’s Day is coming up in a few weeks, so I’m giving one lucky person the chance to win one of my Esa Evans gin necklaces  to show that special woman how much you care!

All you have to do is complete the form below and in 50 words or less tell me why your mum/partner/wife/mother of your child needs this necklace.


Four Pillars 'Jude' Copper Still

Gin Queen on Tour ~ Four Pillars Gin

A private gin bus will collect you from Federation Square in Melbourne and whisk you to Four Pillars distillery in Healesville. There, you’ll meet the distiller, Cameron Mackenzie, have a G&T, learn about (and sample!) their fantastic gins, and enjoy a light lunch before the gin bus departs.

But wait there’s more!

Instead of you ending your tour back at Federation Square, we’ll be off to Bad Frankie (the No. 1 bar for Australian spirits) for a mini martini.

The perfect way to round off our gin tour!

What’s included?

  • Fully escorted tour hosted by Caroline Childerley, The Gin Queen!
  • Transport from Federation Square to the distillery and back to Melbourne
  • Meet the distiller
  • Gin tasters
  • G&T at the distillery
  • Light lunch (limited dietary options available)
  • Mini martini at Bad Frankie!

When are we going?                                        

Saturday 24 April 2018

How much?

$120 will get you a spot on the tour.

Terms & Conditions

Attendees must be over 18.

No refunds or exchanges.

Please drink responsibly.

Death’s Door Gin

Usually when I’m writing for ‘gin of the week’, the gin is brand new, so it’s great to be able to revisit a gin that’s been established for a few years. Death’s Door gin has been available sporadically in Australia, but now it’s part of the Vanguard Luxury Brands portfolio, you can expect to see more of it.

There are only a handful of excellent American gins – Junipero and Aviation ( BEFORE Ryan bought it!!) being two of my favorites. The US remains firmly wedded to aged spirits and its corn/rye heritage which don’t always work as a base for the delicate botanicals used in gin. However, Death’s Door gin is an exception.

The story behind Death’s Door gin ticks all the sustainability and locality boxes, and did so way before it was fashionable. Historically, the Washington Island in Wisconsin had been known for potato farming, but the industry died out in the 1970s. Locals moved into tourism focussed industries or left the island altogether.

In 2005 a small group got together to see if agriculture could be restored.  Working in collaboration with the Michael Fields Institute,  they selected specific variety of hard, red winter wheat that could withstand the maritime conditions. They began with a few seed and  5 acres. This has now grown to 1, 200! The wheat was initially used for bread and then the local brewery but eventually went on to become the base of all of Death’s Door Spirits.

The distillery expanded in 2012 and is now the largest craft distillery in Wisconsin with an annual capacity of 250,000 cases of finished product!

Why Death’s Door?

The Door Peninsula and Washington Island form a treacherous stretch of water that connects Green Bay to the rest of Lake Michigan. The Early French explorers named this water Porte des Morts, which literally means “Door of the Dead” or, “Death’s Door” due to the number of shipwrecks and gave rise to the gin’s name.

Local Botanicals

There are only THREE botanicals in Death’s Door gin: juniper, coriander seeds, and fennel seeds and come from the state when possible. There is an annual juniper harvest festival on Washington Island whereby guests can pick wild juniper berries!

The juniper used is  Juniperus virginiana (Eastern Red cedar) rather than Junipers communis.

Death's Door gin
Juniperus virginiana (image via Urban Forest Ecosystem Institute)

Tasting Death’s Door Gin

Death Door Spirits use vodka as a base for their gin, and this is made using the aforementioned red winter wheat, corn and malted barley, but unlike some American gins, it doesn’t dominate the botanicals.

There is plenty of lovely juniper at the front of the palate before spice and lemon come through from the coriander, before a crisp, dry aniseed finish from the fennel. Go easy with the tonic for a G&T, or even try it with soda, and you’ll need to add lots of citrus to boost the flavour.

It was absolutely stunning in a martini, that base has a fabulous texture and the fennel combines well with vermouth. Divine!

When so much is made of the number and diversity of botanicals in gin these days, it’s refreshing to see how much can be achieved when you pare everything back. This gin was truly ahead of its time and in spite of the unusual base and heavy fennel I think this could be a useful and versatile gin to have in your arsenal.

If you haven’t tried it seek it out immediately!

ABV: 47%

Price: Medium

You can follow Death Door Spirits on Facebook or instagram

Australian Distilled Spirits Awards Gin Results 2018

The winners of the Australian Distilled Spirits Awards were announced at Ormond Hall in Prahran last Thursday.

I have attended every awards ceremony since their inception in 2015 but in 2017 and 2018 I was fortunate enough to be asked to join the judging panel in the gin category as well as host the awards ceremony. Both are duties I don’t take lightly!

There were over 300 spirits submitted across all categories this year and judging is managed and organised under the tightest of conditions.

As judges we don’t see any bottles over the two days and the spirits are presented pre-poured in tasting glasses ready for judging. Judging sheets simply have spaces to give marks for colour/appearance (/10), nose (/20), palate (/40), balance (/10) and finish (/20) and no other information, including the ABV to avoid spirits being identified.

Medals are presented as follows:

Gold (90 – 100 points) A Gold Medal Exhibit is an outstanding spirit, liqueur or bitters for the type of product that it is.

Silver (82 – 89.9) points) A Silver Medal Exhibit is an excellent spirit, liqueur or bitters for the type of product that it is.

Bronze (74 – 81.9 points) A Bronze Medal Exhibit is a very good spirit, liqueur or bitters for the type of product that it is.

There were 7 categories for gin and the results were as follows:



Kalki Moon Premium London Dry Gin,  Kalki Moon Distilling & Brewing Company, QLD

Poor Toms Fool Strength, Poor Toms Distillery NSW

Suter & Sons Dry Gin, Victoria

Sin Gin No 5 Greed The Murray Hotel, Western Australia


Animus Macedon Dry Gin, Animus Distillery, Kyneton, Victoria

Manly Spirits Australian Dry Gin, Manly Spirits Co., NSW

Triple Juniper Gin, Never Never Distilling Co, SA

1829 Gin, Old Youngs Distillery, WA

Poltergeist Gin – Unfiltered, Shene Estate & Distillery, Tasmania

Sin Gin No 2 Lust~ The Murray Hotel, Western Australia

Sin Gin No 6 Gluttony The Murray Hotel, Western Australia


Prohibition Gin ~  Applewood distillery, South Australia

Kalki Moon Classic London Dry Gin ~ Kalki Moon Distilling & Brewing Company, QLD

Classic Dry Gin ~ McHenry Distillery, Tasmania

Original Classic Dry  ~Original Spirit Co., Victoria

Poltergeist Gin True Spirit  ~ Shene Estate & Distillery, Tasmania

Spring Bay Gin ~ Spring Bay Distillery, Tasmania

Sin Gin No 1 Pride  ~ The Murray Hotel, WA

Sin Gin No 3 Sloth  ~ The Murray Hotel, WA

36 Short Original Gin  ~ Virginia Spirits Pty Ltd, SA



Animus Arboretum Gin Animus Distillery, Kyneton, Victoria

Lawrenny Van Diemen’s Gin,  Lawrenny Estate Distillery, Tasmania

Six Seasons Gin Old Young’s, Western Australia

Anther Gin ~ The Craft & Co, Victoria


78° Gin  ~ Adelaide Hills Distillery, South Australia

Small Acre Gin  ~ Ambleside Distillers Pty Ltd, South Australia

Brookie’s Byron Dry Gin  ~ Cape Byron Distillery, NSW

Fossey’s Gin Fossey’s Gin, Victoria

Four Pillars Spiced Negroni Gin ~ Healesville Distilling Co., Victoria

Hellfire Bluff Distillery Piquant  ~ Hellfire Bluff Distillery, Tasmania

Hellfire Bluff Distillery Summer Gin  ~ Hellfire Bluff Distillery, Tasmania

Kis Wild Gin ~ Kangaroo Island Spirits, South Australia

Lawrenny 1818 Settlers Gin ~ Lawrenny Estate Distillery, Tasmania

Cooper’s Best Gin ~  Mark Moran Group, New South Wales

Settlers Zuzu Gin ~ Settlers Spirits, South Australia

Red Hen Gin  ~ Small Batch Distilling T/A Red Hen Gin, South Australia

Dasher + Fisher Ocean Gin ~ Southern Wild Distillery Pty Ltd Tasmania

Suter&Sons G&Tea  ~ Suter & Sons, Victoria

Balcombe Dry Gin ~ The Craft & Co, Victoria

Twenty Third Street Distillery Signature Gin ~ Twenty Third Street Distillery, SA


Aqua Vitae Modern Gin ~ 7K Distillery, Tasmania

The Abel GIN co-Essence Gin  ~ Abel Distillers, Tasmania

Adams’ Turbo Gin  ~ Adams Distillery, Tasmania

Something Wild Beverage Company Green Ant Gin ~ Adelaide Hills Distillery, South Australia

Chamomile Dry Gin ~ Alchemy Distillers, Victoria

No. 8 Botanical Gin ~ Ambleside Distillers Pty Ltd, South Australia

Big Dry Gin ~ Ambleside Distillers Pty Ltd, South Australia

Animus Ambrosian Gin~  Animus Distillery, Victoria

Applewood Gin ~ Applewood Distillery, South Australia

Archie Rose Signature Dry Gin ~ Archie Rose Distilling Co., New South Wales

Archie Rose Distillers Strength Gin ~ Archie Rose Distilling Co New South Wales

Gin 10 – Wild & Spicy ~ Bass and Flinders Distillery Pty Ltd, Victoria

Gin – Soft & Smooth ~ Bass and Flinders Distillery Pty Ltd, Victoria

Angry Ant Gin ~ Bass and Flinders Distillery Pty Ltd, Victoria

Hippocampus Bangkok Gin ~ Boatrocker Brewers & Distillers, Victoria

Cedar Fox Distilling Co. Gin ~ Cedar Fox Distilling Co. Pty Ltd, Victoria



London Vs Collingwood Old Tom ~ The Craft & Co, Victoria


Kis Old Tom ~ Kangaroo Island Spirits, South Australia



Common Gin ~ Old Young’s, Western Australia


Fossey’s Navel Strength Gin Elixir ~Fossey’s Gin, Victoria


Four Pillars Navy Strength Gin ~Healesville Distilling Co P/L, Victoria
The Buccaneer ~ Kilderkin Distillery Pty Ltd, Victoria
Wildbrumby Stallion Gin “Navy Strength” ~ Wildbrumby, New South Wales



Cedar Fox Distilling Co. Oak Gin, Cedar Fox Distilling Co. Pty Ltd, Victoria
Kalki Moon Solstice Barrel Aged London Dry Gin ~ Kalki Moon Distilling & Brewing Company, QLD
Kis Whisky Barrel Gin ~ Kangaroo Island Spirits, South Australia


Bathtub Gin ~Catcher & Co Distillery, New South Wales
Four Pillars Sherry Cask Gin ~ Healesville Distilling Co P/L, Victoria
Giniversity Barrel Aged Gin ~ Great Southern Distilling Company, Western Australia
Kilderkin Distillery Barrel Aged ~Kilderkin Distillery Pty Ltd, Victoria
Old B.A.G. ~ Old Young’s, Western Australia



McHenry Sloe Gin ~McHenry Distillery, Tasmania


Dasher + Fisher Sloe Gin ~ Southern Wild Distillery Pty Ltd, Tasmania
Settlers Sloe Gin ~ Settlers Spirits, South Australia

OTHER (UNLISTED GIN) – does not fit into any other category


Brookie’s Byron Slow Gin Cape Byron Distillery, New South Wales


Anther Cherry Gin ~ The Craft & Co, Vic
Monsoon Gin, Flavored Gin ~ Bass and Flinders Distillery Pty Ltd, Victoria
Prohibition Bathtub Cut Gin, Overproof ~Applewood distillery, South Australia

On the final day of judging, all the gold medal winning gins are evaluated alongside each other and an overall winner selected by the judges.

This CHAMPION GIN trophy was won by Anther gin!

Dr Dervilla McGowan from Anther Spirits with their Champion Gin trophy

Gin distillers also did well in the Smaller Scale Production Trophies, with Suter & Sons winning Champion Australian Micro Batch Spirit:

Matthew Suter of Suter & Sons with his trophy (image supplied)

While Animus Distillery was awarded Champion Australian Small Batch Spirit for their Arboretum Gin.

The Animus Distillery team with their trophy (image supplied)

Gin and vodka distiller, James Young from Old Young’s Distillery in WA picked up the Champion Distiller award for the second year running for achieving the highest total score across his entries.

It was wonderful to watch the response of the winners, it obviously means so much. All the entrants receive a score as well as constructive feedback. Everyone I spoke to saw the awards as a way of benchmarking themselves within our fledgling spirits industry.

For full results across all the categories head here.