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
THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED
TERMS & CONDITIONS
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.
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 email@example.com or call 03 9923 2065
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.
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
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 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
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.
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.
Pretty much every day of the year is Gin Day for me, but World Gin Day gives us an excellent excuse to bring everyone together to celebrate our collective love for our favourite spirit.
I’m fortunate enough to receive lots of different gins to try from the best distilleries and I love being able to share some of those with you. Previous competitions have only had one or two winners, but the World Gin Day 2017 competition is MASSIVE. I have FIFTEEN, yes FIFTEEN prizes up for grabs, raising your odds of winning considerably!
TAKE A LOOK!
Poltergeist Gin Unfiltered (RRP $90)
Poltergeist is the first Tasmanian gin to win Double Gold at the prestigious San Francisco World Spirits Awards, an extraordinary achievement from the beautiful Shene Estate distillery.
Patient Wolf Gin (RRP $90)
A bottle of Brunswick’s own. Patient Wolf has garnered lots of attention since it’s launch. Dave and Matt have used a beautiful Muller still to create their gin which features Tonka bean as an unusual botanical.
Garden Tiger Gin (RRP $84.99)
An incredible contemporary gin, Capreolus Garden Tiger Dry Gin is made in Gloucestershire using an impressive 34 botanicals, of which most are secret. Two that are revealed are fresh Sicilian blood orange zest and lime-tree flowers. Winner of the Whisky Exchange Spirit of the Year 2017.
Old Youngs Six Seasons Gin (RRP $80)
Old Youngs Distillery from WA is the quiet achiever in the world of Australian gin. Aside from winning a slew of medals at the American Distilling Institute Awards this year, it also won Distillery of the Year (alongside Hoochery) at the Australian Distilled Spirits Awards.
The gin is inspired by the Six Seasons of the Noongar people who have inhabited the Southwest of Western Australia for millennia. Working in conjunction with a local bush food expert and an acclaimed Noongar chef renowned for his creative use of native produce – Six Seasons was conceived using 3 traditional gin botanicals and 6 native botanicals, including juniper myrtle and thryptomene flowers which are unique to this gin. The result is a savoury, herbal, almost earthy gin.
This limited edition sold out extremely quickly and this bottle is from master distiller James Young’s personal collection.
The Weaver (RRP $89)
One of the best savoury Australian gins on the market, The Weaver comes in at 50% ABV, packing a flavoursome punch. It’s the perfect gin if you love martinis.
Red Hen Gin (RRP $72.68)
Just four months after launching Red Hen Gin won a gold medal in the Contemporary Gin category at the 2017 Australian Distilled Spirit Awards, and it was also crowned Champion Small Batch Spirit in Australia!
G’Vine Gin (RRP $84.99)
A beautiful contemporary gin, G’Vine is made with the flowers of the grapevine that bloom for only 10 days. These are collected, steeped in alcohol and then added the other distilled botanicals that make this deliciously floral gin.
Archie Rose X Horisumi – Winter Edition (RRP $99)
Horisumi – Winter is the second release in a series of four rare gins made in collaboration with acclaimed tattoo artist Kian Forreal (Horisumi), each inspired by a different Japanese season.
Botanicals used include; Tasmanian kombu, Australian Fuji apples and, in a first for Archie Rose, the infusion of two Japanese green teas – aromatic sencha and savoury genmaicha.
East London Liquor Company Gin (RRP $79.99)
East London Liquor Company Dry Gin is a terrifically balanced and tasty gin that offers great versatility at an affordable price.
Animus Distillery Arboretum Gin (RRP $115)
Animus Distillery caused quite a stir at Junipalooza Melbourne in 2016 where they launched their 3 gins. Arboretum in particular was very well-received. A complex herbaceous gin that features a range of local estate-grown ingredients: Fresh strawberry gum leaf, lemon thyme, rosemary, oranges and native bush tomato sit alongside the classic gin notes of bold juniper, coriander seed, and citrus. It’s easy to see why this won a Silver Medal at the Australian Distilled Spirit Awards 2017.
Melbourne Gin Company Gin (RRP $69.99)
Master Distiller, Andrew Marks, distills each botanical individually in an alembic copper-pot still. He blends these together to create Melbourne Dry Gin using his skills as a winemaker to balance the elements to perfection.
Kilderkin Barrel-Aged Gin (RRP $95)
The first release of a barrel-aged gin from Kilderkin Distillery in Ballarat. Made with their London Dry Gin (Scoundrel) it has been carefully aged in small American Oak Barrels. Ageing softens the juniper, but seems to lift the other botanicals including the coriander, orris, angelica, and green and brown caradamom. The gin is soft and smooth with oaky nuances.
Brookie’s Gin (RRP $74.99)
New kid on the block, Brookie’s gin is a fantastic Australian gin bursting with native botanicals from Byron Bay created with former Master Distiller of The Botanist, Jim McKean.
Four Pillars Bloody Shiraz Gin (RRP $85.00)
Do I really need to say anything about this gin? What started as a random experiment (Master distiller, Cam, wanted to see what would happen if he steeped Shiraz grapes in gin) has now grown into a best-seller beloved by all who taste it. This year’s vintage even crashed the Four Pillars website due to overwhelming demand. Absolutely thrilled to be offering this as part of the World Gin Day Competition 2017.
Gilbert & George Gin Brooch and Lip Balm from the Gin Queen store!
I’ve loved the response the Gin Queen store and these two items have been really popular!
THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED
Terms and Conditions
One entry per person
Competition is open to over 18s only
Winners will be drawn at random and allocated a number and will be matched to the corresponding number allocated to each prize.
Prizes cannot be swapped
Open to UK, Australian and NZ residents only
Competition closes midnight 18th June. Winners will be notified via email.
My favourite day of the year celebrates its 8th birthday on Saturday 11th June. World Gin Day 2016 is a global celebration of the juniper juice, with the simple idea of getting people together to drink gin.
As if we need an excuse!
As Australian Ambassador, I’ve been busy updating the global website with all the fantastic Australian events that are happening. You can see the full list here, but I’ve selected my pick of the bunch, to help you plan your day!
Forgive the bias, but my home town has always been fantastic at organising World Gin Day events. There is a lot going on, but these are my favourites.
Visit Four Pillars Gin Distillery ~ 10.30am-9pm
There is nothing like visiting a distillery to understand and appreciate the work that goes into making a bottle of gin. The masterclasses on the day are now sold out, but you can still pop in and enjoy the festivities, sample a gin or two and purchase something delicious to take home. The Bloody Shiraz or Cousin Vera‘s gins are my recommendations if you can’t choose!
Gin Extravaganza at Gin Palace ~ 12pm-3am
The Grande Dame of Melbourne will be the place to be on World Gin Day. Offering a unique celebration of all things gin, there will be buy one get one free Gin and tonics, Negroni and Martinis until 10pm, a $5 Mini Martinez table served by a Tom Cat, Plymouth Martini massages in the Harem and a Gin inspired dessert table from 6pm.
Experience Fresh Gin at Craft & Co ~12.30-3.00pm
I’m a huge fan of Craft & Co, an exciting venture that opened earlier this year that celebrates all Australian food and drink. With a brewery, distillery, delicatessen, restaurant and a bottle shop all on site, its heaven!
Bartending legend Sebastian Reaburn (formerly of Lui Bar, 1806 and co-owner of Heartbreaker) has recently taken the helm at Craft & Co as the distiller. World Gin Day will see the first run of gin come off the still, and you can be there to enjoy it!
Running from 12.30pm-3.00pm the Craft & Co event will offer you the opportunity to taste gin straight from the still, hear Sebastian talk about gin production, take you on a guided tour of the distillery before you taste a delicious Martini made with fresh Craft & Co. gin.
Archie Rose Distilling Co., The West Winds Gin & Four Pillars Gin will also be there offering tastings of their gins.
Tickets are $48 and are limited to 50 places. Book here.
You’ll have an opportunity to handle, smell and taste each botanical individually, understand the effect on your palate and how all the ingredients work together.
Tickets are $30 (includes a taste of each botanical and two Melbourne Gin Company Gin & Tonics, one on arrival and one half way through). Book here.
Bass & Flinders Launch Angry Ant Gin at Pilgrim Bar ~ 2pm & 4pm
Angry Ant gin is the latest gin from Bass & Flinders Distillery. The botanicals were hand-picked??????????????????????????????????????????? ????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????at the sustainable Wooleen Station in Central WA and include Mulla Mulla, and Purple Vetch flowers,native lemongrass and sandalwood nuts, the currant bush and ANTS.
Hear about this fascinating project from co-founder Wayne Klintworth at this Talk & Taste session.
Negroni Masterclasses at Nieuw Amsterdam ~ 2pm & 4pm
Negroni food pairing? Yes please! Nieuw Amsterdam will take you on a trip through the wild and wonderful history of this global classic, its most popular spin-offs and show you how to make a Negroni for any time of day.
Tailored Gin Experience at Archie Rose Distillery ~ 6-7pm
For gin lovers who are after something personalised! You’ll have the opportunity to select and balance botanical distillates with guidance from the Archie Rose team to create a one of a kind gin. Once you’ve made your selection your ‘Tailored Gin’ will be made by hand right then and there in the distillery.
$120pp. To book, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Gin-Tastic fun at The Howling Owl ~4pm- late
So many things to do at The Howling Owl! A GIN WHEEL OF FORTUNE (I want one) to win Gin prizes! Happy Hour specials, a Hendrick’s Bar and live DJs.
Make your own gin at the Bootlegging Gin Master Class with Jon Lark from Kangaroo Islands Gin Distillery ($90 pp booking essential for the masterclass email@example.com).
Australian Gin dinner ~ 6-10pm
The Pialligo Estate culinary team have partnered with the Martini Whisperer, Phillip Jones, and craft spirit distributors Nip of Courage to present a special menu with bespoke cocktails that showcase some of Australia’s award winning craft gins to celebrate World Gin Day.
You’ll experience a Martini on arrival, learn how to make the perfect one yourself, and have the opportunity to sample a range of craft gins from around Australia.
5, yes 5 gin masterclasses! Book in for the session of your choice, or do them all with an all-day pass for just $40. Featuring a Tanqueray Bloody Mary Brunch, Gin Mare & Botanist, Pinkster & Bloom, Four Pillars and Hendrick’s.
Book via firstname.lastname@example.org
Gin Masterclass at Hippocampus Distillery ~ 4-5.30pm
Sip on a classic gin cocktail (martini anyone?!) while learning about the hand-crafted distillation process that makes Hippocampus Gin before embarking on a tasting session of different gin styles.. Master distiller, Alex, will be on hand to answer any questions you may have.
A Gin-inspired evening of gin and food ~ 6.30-10pm
Hippocampus Gin has partnered with Gordon Street Garage for a special evening of gin and fine food. You’ll begin the evening at the distillery bar with a guided gin tasting and cocktail before moving across the road to Gordon Street Garage for a gin-inspired sharing menu – think freshly shucked oysters with high pour of gin and woodfired pork belly with a juniper rub and includes a mini negroni for dessert.
World Gin Day is like my birthday, Christmas, summer holiday and New Year’s Eve all rolled into one! This year has been amazing year for this passion of mine, so I wanted to do something special for World Gin Day.
As a result of the lovely people in the gin industry, I have put together a World Gin Day 2015 MEGA GIVEAWAY.
My picks on where you should be celebrating World Gin Day 2015!
The centre of the Melbourne gin scene, Gin Palace puts the rest of the nation to shame with it’s stupendous line up of workshops. Not one, not 2 but 8 events will be happening at the Gin Palace on World Gin Day, starting with Breakfast Bubbles at 12pm and finishing with a Botanical Masterclass at 5pm The full listing can be found here. Remember to pace yourselves people!
You may have seen Alan and Connor from Thomas Olive stripping off in Broadsheet to highlight the high taxation on Australian spirits! From Tuesday 9th until Saturday 13th Thomas Olive and West Winds Gin will be covering all of the excise tax applied to West Winds Gin, meaning martinis and Gin and Tonics will be half price. Hopefully, these two will have found their clothes by then.
Bass & Flinders
Bass & Flinders will be holding a gin-making session at Romulus and Remus in Richmond. Ticket includes grazing menu and a 50ml bottle of your gin to take home. More information here.
Four Pillars Gin
This year will be the last time the Four Pillars crew celebrate World Gin Day at their current location. As part of their goodbye before relocating to the new distillery, they are holding a Pop-up from 10.30am-4.30pm. The gins will be available for purchase as well as some very limited editions, including the Spiced Negroni Gin pictured above. There will also be cocktails, pizza and afternoon tea. Plus Wilma!
My favourite place to drink in Sydney has create it’s own gin! The Barber’s Cut comes in at 43% and is available from 4pm as a nip or in special World Gin Day cocktails. Remember to leave some for me!
The Powder Keg
The Powder Keg kicks off with early with festivities beginning on Thursday 11th June. There will be cocktail specials and giveaways over the whole weekend, their G&Ts are a must (see the featured image above for an example)
Enrique’s School for Bull-fighting
Enjoy a dinner with a difference! On Tuesday June 16th, Tanqueray and West Winds Gin will be matched with delicious dishes to delight gin-lovers! More information here.
The Howling Owl
Head to The Howling Owl where you can play the gin wheel (and win a FREE gin), enjoy special prices on gin cocktails but best of all make your own gin in a Bootlegging Masterclass lead by Kangaroo Islands Spirits Master Distiller, Jon Lark!