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



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.

Gin Gifts for Dad

Father’s Day is coming up in Australia, so I’ve put together some ideas for Gin Gifts for Dad.


Tatty Devine Gilbert and George Gin Cufflinks

Carry -On-Cocktail-Kit-Gin-and-Tonic




Inspired by art duo Gilbert & George and their artistic approach to drink, these cufflinks are a button-through style, with a Tatty Devine plectrum fastening. Also available as a necklace.

Via The Gin Queen Shop.

Enright’s Gin Company Grooming Kit

Featuring gin scented hair paste and hand wash.

Available from Enright’s Gin Company

Calibrate Gin and Tonic Pocket Square

Dad will look super fancy wearing this divine pocket square (Available from Nordstrom)

gin gifts for dad

Negroni/Martini pins from Love and Victory

These pins have been flying out of the Gin Queen store since I began stocking them. Dad will love one or both of these on his lapel.


Available from The Gin Queen Shop



The newest Australian gin  from Adelaide will not disappoint if your dad is a juniper junkie like me.  I’ll be doing a review in the coming weeks, but all you need to know right now is that Triple juniper gin is freaking delicious! (the juniper is treated in three separate ways, partially steeped, partially in the pot and partially in the vapour, hence the name!

Available from Never Never Distilling.

gin gifts for dad


Jo Malone Black Cedarwood & Juniper Cologne 100ml

Described as Midnight rain. Seductive with the carnal touch of cumin and chilli leaves. Dark with cedarwood. Humid with moss. Modern and urban.

Via David Jones

gin gifts for dad

Gumball Poodle Gin Crew Socks Blue/Yellow

OK, so socks for Dad are a bit passé, but how great are these?

gin gifts for dad




Punk Long Drink x4

I adore these The Nachtmann NextGen line PUNK highball glasses which have has been developed in cooperation with the world-famous arts and design college Central Saint Martins in London. An edgy way to serve up your G&Ts!Available from David Jones.

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Gin Gifts for Mum

Do you have a gin-loving Mumma?Are you organised for Mother’s Day yet? I’ve put together some top gin gifts for mum. And yes, some are COMPLETELY OVER THE TOP, but hey this woman gave birth to you!



Gin Gifts for Mum

No one knows cocktails like Simon Difford and in this compendium of quirky happenings, anniversaries, birthdays and traditional events he has paired each one with an appropriate cocktail. You can celebrate everything from Mandela’s inauguration to aliens’ alleged arrival from outer space.

$22.90 from Booktopia*


Gin Gifts for Mum

Some of the best cocktails are the simplest (think of a Negroni). Kara Newman has collected 50 equal parts drinks in her book Shake, Stir, Sip.

$18.75 from Booktopia*


Martini necklace


Gin Gifts for Mum

It’s 12 o’clock somewhere in the world – so celebrates Aliita’s playful Martini necklace. Made from 9ct gold, it has a small emerald “olive” for glittering finish. Stunning!

$390 from

Gin Gifts for Mum

Functional AND stylish, Cynthia Rowley’s flask bracelet holds approximately 90ml of booze. Also available in gold.

$225 (USD) from Cynthia Rowley


Gin Necklace

Tatty Devine Gilbert and George Gin Necklace

Tatty Devine’s celebrated Gilbert and George Gin necklace is perfect for the gin-lover in your life.

$45.00 from The Gin Queen
Gin brooch

Tatty Devine Gilbert & George Gin Brooch

The obvious benefit of the Tatty Devine Gilbert and George gin brooch is that it will assist those around your mum to easily identify her tipple of choice. Handy!

$15 from The Gin Queen


Ralph Lauren Preston Cocktail shaker

Gin Gifts for Mum

This cocktail shaker would make a stylish addition to any home bar!

$169 from David Jones

Silver Monkey Straw 

Gin Gifts for Mum

Sip in style with this cheeky monkey sterling silver straw from Tiffany. Super indulgent, but so gorgeous!


Waterford Crystal Martini Glasses

Gin Gifts for Mum

You can’t go wrong with glassware as a gift and while I enjoy scouring flea markets and op shops for mine, there is something wonderful about splashing out on divine martini glasses.

Marquis Crosby Barware Martini Pair $140 (pair), from David Jones


Patient Wolf Gin

Gin Gifts for Mum


Melbourne’s newest gin is made in the heart of Brunswick on a gorgeous Muller still. Featuring Tonka bean as one of the botanicals, this is a tasty drop that mum will love!

$ 700ml $89.99 from Nicks Wine Merchants

Red Hen Gin


Gin Gifts for Mum

Red Hen Gin comes from the heart of Adelaide (the CBD!) and recently took our Gold in the Australian Distilled Spirits Awards AND Champion Small Batch Spirit.

$79.95  (700ml)from Red Hen Gin


Gin Gifts for Mum

Lubin Gin Fizz

Created in honour of Grace Kelly’s extraordinary beauty, and named after the cocktail inspired by the “American bars of Paris”, Gin Fizz is a fresh and flowery chypre with lemony top notes over an aldehyde and musky base.
$269.00 AUD (Eau de Toilette 100ml, available at David Jones)


All of the products listed above have been chosen by me because I think your mums would love them and not because I’m been paid to promote them. With the exception of items marked * which are affiliate links. You are not charged extra, but I receive a small commission on sales.

christmas gift guide2016

The Gin Queen’s Christmas Gift Guide 2016

Are you freaking out that Christmas is looming, or have you finished your shopping and everything is wrapped and under the tree? I’ve taken a breath from planning 2017 (which is going to be epic) to think about the best gifts for gin lovers. The Gin Queen’s Christmas gift guide 2016 is your one stop shop for pressies.  I’m not paid to recommend any of these, I just like them and I hope you do too.

Something to read

Luke McCarthy’s Australian Spirits Guide

Luke is a gifted writer and bartender who spent most of last year delving into the stories behind 51 of Australia’s stand-out spirits (not just gin!). A really great book for someone keen to learn about the growing Australian distilling industry.

Christmas Gift Guide 2016


RRP: $30.75 Order via Booktopia 

Sacha Petreske Regarding Cocktails

Christmas Gift Guide 2016

Sasha Petraske was the catalyst for the ‘speakeasy’ bar and resurgence in the cocktail era. A legend in the industry, his bar Milk and Honey in New York was the place many of the best bartenders began their careers. Sadly, Sasha passed away before his book was complete, but his wife Georgette, with the help of may industry friends finished it on his behalf.

Featuring classics and creations by Sasha and his team, it is full of delightful illustrations and stories that reveal the thoughts and humour of a much-missed personality.

RRP: $30.75 Order via Booktopia 

A Spot at the Bar

Christmas Gift Guide 2016

Michael Madrusan worked alongside Sasha Petraske at Milk and Honey and opened his beautiful bar, The Everleigh with Sasha as his business partner, so it’s fitting that his first book opens with a beautiful dedication to him. Written with his partner Zara Young, A Spot at the Bar features personal stories from Michael about his career and thoughts on making cocktails, stunning images and over 300 cocktails. Michael and Zara also share their way of organising the enormous collection of recipes they have, using ‘Cocktail Branches’. A really special book.

RRP 45.00

Special offer:  Order both ‘A Spot at the Bar and The Everleigh Bottling Co. Cocktail Gift Boxes for only $99 between now and 24th December from The Everleigh. Simply email quoting “A Spot at the Bar + Famous Four Gift Set” when ordering.

Something to wear

Juniper Science Necklace


Christmas Gift Guide 2016

My lovely and clever friend Emma, from Gin Monkey helped Luk from Science Jewelry with this gorgeous necklace. In case you were wondering, this is the molecular structure of juniper, the main botanical ingredient for gin. There is also a tonic necklace too, both are made from sterling silver. Aside from creating stunning jewellery, $5 dollars from every purchase goes towards educational resources for scientists, teachers and students.

RRP $168.00 (includes free shipping)  from Science Inspired Jewelry1824*.

Demeter Gin and Tonic Fragrance

Christmas Gift Guide 2016

Demeter Gin & Tonic fragrance does exactly what it says on the label, it acts as a pick-me-up. Light and refreshing, but with a deepening fragrance the longer its in contact with your skin. This fragrance is perfect for those of use who love a gin-inspired scent, but who don’t want to smell like they’ve had a heavy night!

RRP $29.95 (30ml) Available from Kleins Perfumery

Something to use

Tatty Devine Coin Purse

If I’ve you’ve bumped into meet at an event you will more than likely have seen me wearing my Tatty Devine gin necklace. When I saw their new gin coin purse I was pretty excited, not least because GLITTER!

Obviously, I need one to put all my gin funds in. Hopefully Mr GQ is reading this…

Christmas Gift Guide 2016


RRP 14.95GDP. Order here.

Limited edition Tonic of Gin Lumira candle

When the talented people at Lumira got a whiff of Distillery Botanica gin they were hooked. Once they met master distiller, Philip Moore and learned about the thousands year old technique (enfleurage) he was using to extract the fragrance of the Murraya flower, they knew they wanted to see if they could capture the essence in a candle. With the Tonic of Gin candle, they’ve done so beautifully. I haven’t lit mine and the fragrance still fills the room. The candle has been snapped up quickly and there aren’t many left! Be quick!

Christmas Gift Guide 2016

RRP $59.00 Order here.

Tom Dixon Plum Martini Glasses

Well, HELLO you sexy things. These stunning copper-plated stainless steel martini glasses would even make Mr Bond jealous. Part of a stylish collection of barware from gifted designer Tom Dixon, these would definitely win you points in the gift-giving stakes!

Christmas Gift Guide 2016

RRP $120 for the pair. For stockists click here.

Denver & Liely Gin Glass

Denver & Liely’s whisky glass has won fans around the world, so I’m delighted that the team have expanded their range to include a gin glass.

The funnel and smaller sized opening of the glass concentrates the smell, which enhances what you taste. Perfect for sipping neat gin, or serving up your favourite cocktail.

Christmas Gift Guide 2016

RRP $55 Full list of stockists here.

Something to drink

When Seb Reaburn, with an career in the spirits and cocktail industry that stretches over 20 years, tells you he’s going to make a gin, you sit up and listen. Artemis is a well crafted gin made in Collingwood by Seb and his partner Derv, using a Carl still and a range of native and traditional botanicals. It’s a savoury gin that I simply love it in a martini.

Christmas Gift Guide 2016

RRP $90 for 700ml (44% ABV) from Craft & Co.

Stone Pine Orange Blossom gin 2016 edition

Christmas Gift Guide 2016

This was one of my favourite gins of 2015 so it’s great news for me that distiller Ian Glen has launched a 2016 edition. This year, instead of simply infusing the gin with orange blossom, Ian has distilled it, to create a delightful summer gin that is as spectacular in a G&T as it is in a Negroni.

Be quick, judging by last year’s sales, this limited edition won’t be around for long!

RRP $80 for 700ml (40% ABV). Buy here.

The Everleigh Bottling Company Cocktail Gift boxes

Christmas Gift Guide 2016

Who wouldn’t want to wake up and find these beauties under the tree? Each gift box contains four classic cocktails made to the exacting standards of The Everleigh Bar ~ Martini, Negroni, Manhattan and Old-Fashioned.

RRP $69

Special offer:  Order both ‘A Spot at the Bar and The Everleigh Bottling Co. Cocktail Gift Boxes for only $99 between now and 24th December from The Everleigh. Simply email quoting “A Spot at the Bar + Famous Four Gift Set” when ordering.

Kew Organic Gin

I had the privilege to meet Darren Rook, founder of the London Distilling Co and creator of the sublime Dodd’s gin, when he came over for Junipalooza Melbourne in October. I can’t wait to share the interview with you, he’s a fascinating guy with an incredible attention to detail, which is evident with Kew Organic gin.

It’s a unique collaboration with Kew Gardens in London (GQ fact, this is where I got married!) and Darren and the team worked closely with the archivists and botanists to create this unique gin.

It has over 40 botanicals, including 22 sourced from Kew. 86% of the botanical bill is juniper which is music to my ears! The team have also created Kew garden inspired packaging which is stunning, and is made using vegetable based inks and water-based varnish, neither of which are tested on animals.

Christmas Gift Guide 2016

RRP $85.00 for 700ml (46% ABV) Purchase here.

Something to do

Gin Queen On Tour Gift Voucher

Christmas Gift Guide 2016

OK, so I’m a little biased on this one. I launched Gin Queen on Tour this year and was blown away by the response. Two trips to Four Pillars Gin and one each to Loch Distillery and Melbourne Gin Company later, and I’m champing at the bit to get the 2017 tours underway (sssh, I’ve just confirmed a date for Tasmania!).

RRP $115 (valid for Melbourne tours only). Purchase here.

*affiliate link.

Gifts for the gin loving dad

Gifts for the Gin-loving Dad

Father’s Day is looming in Australia and unless your Dad has specifically asked for socks or undies, let’s try to use a little more imagination shall we? I’ve put together a collection of gifts for the gin-loving Dad that will let your him know that he definitely raised you right.

Poor Toms Fool Strength Gin



You know already that I am a big fan of Griff and Jesse’s work at Poor Toms in Sydney and when they told me a few months ago that they were planning an over-proof gin, I was really excited. 8 months on and they’ve finally released Poor Tom’s Fool Strength gin and it was definitely worth the wait!

At 52% ABV, it has a bolder a juniper flavour but is still of the same quality and smoothness that you get in the original.

$79.00 ~available from Poor Toms.

Santamanìa Reserva



Santamanìa Reserva is a barrel-aged gin from the first urban distillery in Madrid. Using french oak that previously held Rioja, the team have adjusted the botanicals so that the gin flavour is retained, but with a hint of spice and a little vanilla. Delicious over ice or in a Negroni.

$60+ ~available from Master of Malt

Waterford Crystal London DOF Tumbler Pair

waterford crystal tumblers

Share a gin old-fashioned with your Dad served up in these beauties and you’ll be his favourite child.

$249 for the pair ~available from Waterford Crystal.

Cocktail Kingdom Stirred Set

Cocktail Kingdom Shaken set

Everything Dad will need to make a great shaken drink.
Includes large and small Koriko® tins, Koriko® Hawthorne strainer, Mexican Beehive™ Juicer, ice cube mould and a Japanese Style Jigger.

$102.70 ~available from Cocktail Kingdom.

The Australian Spirits Guide by Luke McCarthy

The Australian Spirits Guide


You’ll have to give Dad an I.O.U for this one as it’s not released until 1st October, but I promise it will be worth it. Luke has unearthed sixty of Australia’s best spirits and covers the history, creation, tasting notes and serving suggestions. There is even a handy price guide included.

$30.75  ~ available from Booktopia.

Four Pillars Distillery Tee

Four Pillars Tee

If you’ve already shared the Four Pillars gin love with your Dad, then why not give him one of these great looking T-shirts? Designed by Australian illustrator Rohan Cain, this limited edition features Wilma, the first Four Pillars still.

$40 ~available from Four Pillars.

Jo Malone Black Cedarwood and Juniper Cologne

Jo Malone Cedarwood and Juniper Cologne

Described as seductive, modern and urban, you might not be able to resist keeping this one for yourself.

$95.00 (30ml) ~available from Jo Malone.

Let me know if you have any other gin gift ideas to share!


(Note: All of these items were selected by me and are included because I like them, not through sponsorship)
gin gifts mothers day

Gifts for the gin-loving mumma!

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

Gin Glorious Gin 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.

Via Amazon By Olivia Williams Gin Glorious Gin: How Mother’s Ruin Became the Spirit of London [Hardcover]*

Via Booktopia

*affiliate link, you won’t be charged extra, but I make a small commission on sales. Please see disclosure for details.

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.

Nick Barclay Tom Collins print
Nick Barclay Tom Collins print

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

Four Pillars 'Jude' Copper Still
Four Pillars ‘Jude’ Copper Still

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).

Book here.


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?

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.

Loch Distillery 'The Weaver' Australian Gin

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.

riedel coupe

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.

Riedel O Tumbler Martini Glass (stemless) $49.95 for 2

Dodd’s Gin

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!)

Dodd's Gin Bottle Image

Available from Master of Malt* or Bibendum Wine Co. approx $90 for 500ml

*affiliate link

White Possum Australian Gin-Tasting Box

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.

Order here.

*only available in Australia

Magnificent Martini Mirror by McKean Studios

Remember my gorgeous martini pin?

McKean Studio 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?

Megan McKean Studio Martini Mirror
Megan McKean Studio Martini Mirror $55.00

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)

Order via McKean Studios

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!


Christmas Gifts for Gin Lovers 2015

It’s that time of year again, when I put together a list of all the things I’d love Santa to bring me, in the hope that Mr GQ might come through with the goods (I did exceptionally well last year!).

May I present – Christmas Gifts for Gin Lovers 2015!

Something to drink

There are now over 500 (I think) gins on the market and 35 in Australia alone, so picking out something special was always going to be very hard. The four I’ve picked should appeal to most gin-lovers!

Tanqueray Bloomsbury Limited Edition (47.3% ABV)

tanqueray-bloomsbury-london-dry-gin copy

This limited edition release from the Tanqueray range is based on a historical family recipe from a recipe book dating back to 1880 which called for double the juniper as well as cassia bark – which doesn’t feature in the classic Tanqueray London Dry Gin recipe at all!

Named Bloomsbury because Tanqueray was distilled in Bloomsbury, London back in the 1800s, this is as fantastic as you would expect, and for me double the juniper means double the deliciousness!

Price $97.41

Available from Master of Malt  (please be aware when ordering that customs charges may occur if you are ordering from outside the UK)
1897 Quinine Gin


Enjoy of nip of something a little different while supporting a worthy cause? Sounds like a great Christmas gift!

1897 Quinine Gin has, you guessed it, quinine as one of it’s botanical ingredients. Quinine is most commonly known as the main ingredient of tonic water, so it’s amazing that no-one has tried to combine gin and quinine before!

Over 50% of the producer’s profit (at least £5 ($10AUD per bottle sold) will be donated to support Malaria No More UK, enough to buy, deliver and hang a mosquito net for a family living at risk from malaria in Africa.

Price $71.29 AUD

Available  Master of Malt  (please be aware when ordering that customs charges may occur if you are ordering from outside the UK)
Tailored gin by Archie Rose


Archie Rose Signature Dry gin was one of the best Australian gins released in 2015 (in my opinion). Not content with launching a fabulous gin and a drop-dead gorgeous distillery, they are now offering tailored spirits – gin, vodka and whisky.

Obviously, my eyes lit up at the possibility of creating a Gin Queen gin!

Archie Rose distill every botanical individually, so you pick your favourite botanicals from the selection, set their strength (i.e. do you want it bold and juniper or fresh and citrussy) and then your creation is sent directly to you. It’ll even have your name on the bottle!

If you can’t decide on botanicals (you have a maximum of 5 to pick), Archie Rose have grouped some selections to help you – Christmas in July (angelica root, cassia bark and fresh orange), Summer afternoon (Blood lime, River mint and lemon myrtle), The Aviator (Blood lime, ginger root and orris root) and what I suspect would be my favourite ‘Ello Guv’nor (Juniper, Coriander and dorrigo pepper leaf).

Price $89

Order here.

Stone Pine Distillery Seasonal Orange Blossom Gin

Stone-Pine-Distillery-Seasonal-Orange-Blossom Gin

I’m a massive fan of Ian Glen and Stone Pine Gin. Ian has been a long time supporter of The Gin Queen and has come to nearly all my events, so when I heard he was considering a seasonal release, I couldn’t have been more excited, but I knew I had to be patient!

During a foraging expedition to Narromine, Ian managed to get his hands on some fresh orange blossom and inspiration struck! Orange blossom is used extensively in perfumes, as it has a gorgeous summery aroma, which compliments the other native citrus flavours of pink finger lime and lemon myrtle in this release.

An extra special gift as only 400 individually numbered bottles are available from the 2015 vintage!

Price: $75 AUD 700ml (ABV 40%)

Available here.

Something to read

Books are always a great gift at Christmas. There has been an explosion of books on gin and cocktail recipe books of late, but I’ve picked these as personal favourites.

Gin: The Manual by Dave Broom


Dave is a legend in the whisky world having written around 30 books on the subject. Dave covers 120 gins which he has tested four ways – with tonic, with lemonade, in a negroni and in a martini – and then scored. In addition, each gin is categorized according to a flavour camp system, which highlights its core properties and allows you to understand how you can best drink it!

Price $29.99 AUD

Available here (also available on Amazon UK)

Good Things To Drink with Mr Lyan and Friends


Mr Lyan, is of course Ryan Chetiyawardana, the brains behind the best cocktail bars in the world; White Lyan and Dandelyan. He was also awarded World’s Best Bartender at Tales of the Cocktail last year.

I had the pleasure of meeting Ryan during my London trip this year and he really is as down to earth and friendly as the book suggests. Beautiful photography, lovely illustrations (by Ryan) and delicious recipes for every occasion, this is how I think Jamie Oliver would do a cocktail book.

Price $33.50 AUD

Available here or via Amazon (UK).

The Drunken Botanist by Amy Stewart


One of the first books I bought when I started the blog, The Drunken Botanist was recommended by Cameron Mackenzie, Master Distiller at Four Pillars Gin. Now, nearly every distiller I know has a copy, and for good reason.

Amy explains comprehensively the main flowers, herbs, trees, plants and fungi (!) that go into making spirits. She covers flavour profiles, the chemical make-up and how the ingredients relate with each other, which is an interesting read for gin lovers.

Price $30.40

Available here or via Amazon (UK)

Tipsy by Clare Burder


Ok, confession time, I had a (very) little input into this book as my good friend Clare (with whom I run the Humble Tumbler Gin Masterclasses in Melbourne) asked me to check over the chapter on gin. How could I refuse?

The thing that I love about Clare (and why she is fast becoming one of the best booze educators around) is her ability to cut through the convoluted vocabulary that often comes into play when discussing drink, particularly wine. This fun, accessible book covers wine, beer, whisky, gin and even sake, so something for everyone!

Price $21.25

Available here

Something to use

Buying something for the home bar is always a good option for the cocktail enthusiast.

The Birdy Cocktail Shaker by Erik Lorincz


Erik is Head Bartender at one of the most famous bars in the world, The American Bar at The Savoy Hotel in London and is recognised as one of the best in the industry.

The Birdy cocktail shaker is a collaboration between Erik, and Tetsuya Yokoyama, who at the time was tasked with developing a new business for his family’s auto part manufacturing company. One evening in a small bar in Osaka, the man searching the world for the ideal shaker had a drink with the man trying to make the world’s best shaker.

I could go into masses of technical detail about why it’s so good, (you can read more here) but aside from that, I just love the look and size AND the fact that I can get away without dry shaking egg whites first!

Price $119.95 AUD

Available from Bargeek

Dorset Martini Glass Williams-Sonoma


I am always lusting after stylish glassware and Williams-Sonoma is a regular receiver of Gin Queen cash. Beautiful glassware at realistic prices. I chose these Dorset Martini glasses as I adore the cut. If you have a little more money in your budget, the matching cocktail shaker is beautiful!

Price $38.00 (each)

Available here.


Wintersmiths Ice Baller


I’m fascinated by the lengths bars go to create the perfect piece of ice for each drink served and appreciate the diamond-like quality of their efforts.

Good (clear) ice melts more slowly reducing the dilution of your drink, but It’s pretty tricky to get clear ice at home, although not impossible. Wintersmiths Ice Baller makes it simpler by employing directional-freezing to remove and isolate air bubbles and impurities, creating a perfectly clear ice ball for your drink.

Price $89.95 (USD)

Available from US here

Available from UK here (ships internationally)

Personalised Vintage Silver Plated Spoon Drink Stirrer



How cute is this? A unique silver plated vintage spoon drinks stirrer that has been flattened by hand and can be personalised with your choice of text (up to 50 characters) on the spoon face. Love!

Price $36.83

Available from Not on The High Street.

Something to wear

Gin and Tonic Necklace by Gastronomista



Gastronomista AKA Emily Arden Wells is a fellow blogger who focusses on the culture of cocktails.  She founded her award-winning website in October of 2009 as a way to keep track of delicious treasures, tipples, and trips around the world. I’ve stalked followed Emily for a while now and when she launched her shop featuring such treasures as the Gin and Tonic necklace above, I loved her even more. (You should totally check out the Negroni necklace too!)

Price: From $75 USD

Available here 

Gin Ring by Snash, Brooklyn, NYC


Chunky silver (also available in brass/silver metal) gin ring leaving no one in any doubt which spirit goes in your martini!

Cost $118USD ($58 for other metals)

Available here.

Something to do

Enjoy a Mother’s Ruin Gin Flight at Gin Palace, Melbourne



The Mother Ruin Gin Flight is a sumptuous, chronological progression of gin. There are 10 gins in the flight, (garnishes and tonics included) from every category of gin. Perfect for two to share (after dinner!).

Price $120 AUD

Available: Gin Palace offers vouchers that can be ordered via


Gin Aroma Nosing Kit


I purchased The Gin Aroma Kit a while back to use during masterclasses and can highly recommend it for the gin nerd in your life!

Each kit contains 24 aroma nosing samples carefully selected by the leading specialist Aroma Scientist, Dr George Dodd plus a booklet to lead you through the individual samples and a recommended process for gin nosing and tasting.

Available in Australia here.

Available in the UK here.

Please note I haven’t been paid to feature any of these products, these are just things I like!


Father's Day Gifts for Gin Lovers

I’ve put together this post on Father’s Day Gifts for Gin Lovers as the date is coming up in Australia, but I’m pretty sure these would work for anyone who loves gin, even the cufflinks! Maybe you could get a head-start on your Christmas shopping?


Liquid Intelligence: The Art and Science of the Perfect Cocktail by Dave Arnold

Dave Arnold is the creative force behind Booker + Dax, New York’s High-tech bar. In this book, Dave takes you into the lab to show how temperature, carbonation, sugar concentration, and acidity can affect a cocktail. Liquid Intelligence features 120 recipes and shares many techniques starting with basic “how to make clear ice” to the more advanced “how to clarify cloudy lime juice with enzymes”. Unsurprisingly, this book won Best New Cocktail/Bartending book at Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards 2015.

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Carry on Cocktail Kit: Gin and Tonic

Perfect for the frequent flyer in your life this kit features everything you need to mix a decent G&T mid-flight, all you need to do is add the gin. Each kit contains: recipe card, bar spoon, 1/2oz (approx 15ml) jigger, craft tonic syrup and a linen coaster. Also available The Old-Fashioned and The Moscow Mule.



Gilbert and George Gin Bottle Cufflinks by Tatty Devine

Inspired by art duo Gilbert & George and their artistic approach to drink, these cufflinks are a button-through style, with a Tatty Devine plectrum fastening. Also available as a necklace here.

Via Tatty Devine.



The Botanist Gin

Buying a bottle of gin is always a good gift option whatever the occasion. I have so many favourites that it’s hard to single out one for this post. The Botanist is pretty special as gins go though! Made by the Bruichladdich distillery in Scotland, it’s a complex dry gin that makes brilliant martinis and bracing gin and tonics!


Poor Tom’s Gin

I’m keen to support local distillers so have included this new gin from Poor Tom’s in Sydney. I’ll be doing a fuller review soon, but I can say this is a delightfully floral gin, perfect for summer.


Penhaligon’s Juniper Sling

I can’t get enough of the smell of juniper and burn my Diptyque Genevrier candle at every opportunity, so when I came across this fragrance by Penhaligon’s I knew I had to share! Inspired by London Dry Gin, Juniper Sling is aimed at both boys and girls. The fragrance profile is described as “a crisp cocktail shot of gin with the freshness of juniper, cool measures of angelica and brandy and a beating libertine heart of black pepper, cardamom, soft leather and orris. A gourmand base of brown sugar, black cherry and amber add sensuality to the scent.”

Via Penhaligon’s

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Waterford  ‘Mad Men’ Circon Gold Tumbler (pair)

With their high price tag, these Mad Men inspired tumbler definitely fall into the ‘luxe’ category, but  I can’t resist including them as Waterford Crystal is such good quality. These tumblers are made from premium cut crystal and trimmed with 18 carat gold banding.

Via David Jones


Royal Selangor Hip Flask

Eric Magnussen’s stunning, modern hip flask is made from pewter, perfect for engraving with a loving message for that special person in your life.

Via David Jones


The Everleigh Bottling Company Cocktails

Created by the team at The Everleigh, there are four cocktails to enjoy:  Manhattan, Old-Fashioned, Negroni and Martini. A perfect serve in each bottle that has been finished with liquid nitrogen to maintain freshness, these are available from the Everleigh’s newest bar Heartbreaker to drink at the bar, or take-away until 11pm every day. I’ve tried both Negroni and the Martini and I was not disappointed!

(Note: I haven’t been paid to endorse these products, they are just things I thought you’d like!)

Mother's Day Gifts for Gin Lovers

My Christmas Gifts for Gin lovers proved a big hit, so I thought I’d put together another list of gifts for Mother’s Day. Essentially it’s a shopping list for anyone, but I think mums everywhere would appreciate something better than slippers, especially if they love gin or cocktails.


Practical and always appreciated, even the simplest barware can make a difference to the quality of your drinks.







This ice-cube tray makes 4 spheres. Perfect in a G&T!





I have one of these Beehive Jiggers and it’s perfect for a novice like me as it has so many different levels for extra accuracy.

Beautiful glassware






These stunning Vera Wang glasses are on my lust list, but if these are out of you budget, fear not. A scout round your local op-shop or vintage store can yield excellent results. I picked up this little lot for $25AUD.

Cocktail Sticks/Stirrers








If you follow me on Instagram you’ll have seen the picture of some divine Ralph Lauren cocktail picks. At $200AUD they are well out of my price range, but I do love the branch design on these stirrers. Have a look on eBay or Etsy if you want something vintage, but be warned the cocktail revival means these are now at premium prices!

Cocktail Books









I love poring over cocktail books and have amassed quite a collection. Most of the hippest, award-winning bars now produce their own cocktail books and as Death & Co is in NYC, their book is the next best thing.

Gift vouchers

Gift vouchers for cocktail degustations, experiences and masterclasses are a unique gift.

1806, Melbourne – Close from a 4 hour ‘Deconstructing Cocktails Masterclass’ at $145pp or  a 2 cocktail making class with a member of staff guiding you for $50pp. For more information click here.

Eau De Vie, Melbourne offers a 5 course meal with matched cocktails for $150 pp. For more information click here.

Bad Frankie, a unique Melbourne bar selling only Australian spirits offers gin (and whisky) masterclasses from $65. Click here for more information.

Humble Tumbler Gin Masterclasses hosted by yours truly and Humble Tumbler Director, Clare Burder. covers the history, production, and botanicals of gin before tasting 8 global and Australian gin brands. $95 pp to book click here.

If you are based in the UK – Shake Rattle & Stir offer some amazing gin tours, while Bombay Sapphire’s Laverstoke Mill Distillery has a variety of different distillery experiences to suit all budgets.

Ginny, Gin, Gin

Well, it’s an obvious gift for someone who loves gin! With so many to choose from, it can be a difficult decision. I like to give a bottle of something a little different, that perhaps the person hasn’t tried before. Here are three suggestions:









Burrough’s Reserve Barrel-Aged Gin is distilled Beefeater gin that is then aged in Lillet barrels. It’s absolutely delicious but at $150 per bottle it might stretch your budget a little!









Four Pillar’s Gunpowder proof is a hefty 58.8% ABV and packs a delicious punch in a G&T.









Sipsmith Sloe Gin is one of my favourite sloe gins as I find it less sweet than other brands. it makes a fantastic addition to a Negroni.


Note: This is my little list of suggestions for gifts. These are just things I like and I have not been paid to include any particular products.