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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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
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!
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 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!