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Interesting articles, cocktail recipes and fun!

Learn about the Illawarra Plum

A delicious Australian native bush tucker fruit, native to the east coast of NSW. Click here to learn more!

Native Stingless Bees

Click here to learn more about the super rare, delicious native Australian honey which delicately balances Daalgaal gin.

What is Tonic Water?

What is Tonic Water?

There’s a good chance that you’ve been sitting around on night with your friends and family enjoying a few gin and tonics when the question has hit. You’ve already refreshed yourself on What is Gin? and The Three Ways to Make Gin, but that only answers half of your...

History of Whisky in Australia

History of Whisky in Australia

Without a doubt, early settlers started distilling alcohol the second it was possible though Australia’s first legal distillery was opened in 1822 by Thomas Haigh Midwood in Van Diemen’s Land. It was known as the Sorell Distillery in Hobart. Thomas Haigh Midwood died...

Negroni cocktail recipe

Negroni cocktail recipe

How to make the perfect Negroni This simple yet famous Italian cocktail is a great way to enjoy gin, especially Australian craft gin. As with most cocktails, the exact historical origins are cloudy, but it is commonly accepted that the Negroni came from Florence,...

The Three Ways to Make Gin

The Three Ways to Make Gin

You might have just read out article, What is gin? Now that you know what it is, let’s delve a little deeper into how gin is made. There are three main methods: 1.    Maceration Gin botanicals such as juniper, coriander, citrus peels, angelica root, orris root,...

How to make the perfect Australian martini

How to make the perfect Australian martini

While the exact history of the martini is unknown, the Australian martini traces its lineage all the way back to 2019, with a release of a gin made exclusively from Australian native juniper, Boobialla. Coupled with a delicious Australian dry vermouth, the Australian...

Why are alcoholic spirits so expensive in Australia?

Why are alcoholic spirits so expensive in Australia?

For anyone who has ever travelled overseas, have you ever wondered why alcohol seems to be so much cheaper than it does in Australia? For example, in most of Europe and the US, you can easily pickup a good bottle of vodka for under $20, which pales in comparison to...

Illawarra Plum Jam Recipe

Illawarra Plum Jam Recipe

Illawarra Plums are a delicious Australian native bush tucker fruit from the east coast of NSW, first collected for study at Lake Illawarra in 1818 [1], though Indigenous Australians have been eating it for thousands of years. It is also called Daalgaal, Plum Pine and...

Australian Gin Consumption: Growth in the Sector

Australian Gin Consumption: Growth in the Sector

Australia has seen steady growth in the consumption of alcoholic spirits, with sales increasing from 64.4 million litres in 2014 to 66.1 million litres in 2019. The industry is dominated by Diageo Plc who account for over a quarter of sales, followed by Suntory...

Great gin bars in Wollongong

Great gin bars in Wollongong

Wollongong is the hometown of Headlands Distilling Co.! There are tons of great small bars here to enjoy. Here are a few of them: Humber Perfectly situated in the heart of Wollongong’s CBD, with plenty of other bars and restaurants within short walking distance if you...

Everything you need to know about juniper

Everything you need to know about juniper

Juniper is the main ingredient of all gin. Let’s delve a little deeper into what it actually is! Juniper or common juniper is a shrub or small tree which is a species of conifer. Conifers are plants which have cones bearing seeds and needle like leaves and are usually...