It’s Mother’s Day in Australia on May 8th and these gift ideas will get you lots of brownie points! If I’m honest though, most of these gifts would be perfect for ANY of the gin-lovers in your life!
Gin Glorious Gin: How Mother’s Ruin Became the Spirit of London by Olivia Williams
One of my favourite books on gin! This is a wonderful romp through the rich history of gin, from its evolution as the poor man’s crack to the modern-day craft gin revival. Williams’ background as a historian is evident, but kudos to her for making it anything but a ‘dry’ read.
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Tom Collins print by Nick Barclay
I LOVE Nick’s prints, but particularly his cocktail series. I already have the Martini, Negroni and Gin & Tonic so it was only natural that I’d add the Tom Collins to my collection.
It comes in 2 sizes A3 (297 x 420) for $35 (plus shipping) or IKEA (500 x700) for $55 (plus shipping). Pop it in a frame and it makes the perfect gift!
Order via Nick’s website here.
Gin Masterclass at Four Pillars Saturday 14th May 2pm
A trip to the Yarra Valley for a Gin Masterclass is a fab way to spend an afternoon. Meet Cameron Mackenzie, Master Distiller of Four Pillars Gin, take a tour, sample each of their four gins and afterwards relax at the bar! Tickets are $115.94 and includes a 90 minute tour, talk and tasting (plus a goodie bag with a bottle of Rare Dry Gin, RRP $75, and a jar of Orange Marmalade, RRP $9).
If you can’t make that date, you could always buy a Four Pillars Gin gift voucher ($40, $120, $200) that can be redeemed on anything (drinks, retail purchases or masterclasses). They are available to purchase online via the website or at the distillery door.
Gold-plated Teardrop Barspoon
For a little luxe while stirring martinis or negronis, how about this gorgeous gold-plated barspoon?
$45.95 from Cocktail Kingdom
Loch Distillery & Brewery ‘The Weaver’ Australian gin
On a visit to Loch Distillery a few weeks ago, Master Distiller Craig revealed his latest creation – ‘The Weaver’, his new Australian style gin featuring several native botanicals. I’ll be doing a full write-up in the next week or so, but this has already shot to the top of my Best New Australian Gins for 2016.
You can purchase via the cellar door or direct here.
You all know how crackers I am about lovely glassware. I like to trawl bazaars and second-hand shops to find hidden bargains but sometimes it’s nice to splash out on something a little special.
This Riedel Superleggero gets my vote. Simplicity at its best. Handmade doesn’t come cheap so if you can’t stretch to the $199.95 (per glass) price tag, these stemless martini glasses are fun too.
Distilled in London with all organic botanicals and honey from The London Honey Company, Dodd’s Gin is a whopping 49.9% ABV, but you really wouldn’t know it. A sublime, full-bodied martini gin. (Look out for a full blog post soon!)
White Possum Australian Gin-Tasting Box
White Possum is a fantastic subscription service for the discerning Australian spirits drinker. They constantly seek out those hard to find drinks for their customers and have recently branched out into making their own spirits. For Mother’s Day I am recommending their Flight of the Juniper Possum, featuring 12 x 30ml tasters of some pretty fine gin! And because they are lovely, they are offering Gin Queen readers $10 discount on the set*. Simply enter GIN_QUEEN in the promo code field.
*only available in Australia
Magnificent Martini Mirror by McKean Studios
Remember my gorgeous martini pin?
McKean Studio has recently added a some gorgeously quirky mirrors to their range, and I bet you can’t guess which one gets my vote?
They have kindly arranged an offer for all Gin Queen readers! Spend over $80 and receive the martini pin FREE with your order*. Simply add ‘The Gin Queen’ in the notes section.
(*only available to Australian readers)
I’ve selected these products because I like them, not because I’m paid too. Let me know if you decide to buy any, as I love to hear feedback!