Although a very young industry when compared to the well-established British or other European gin markets, gin-making in Australia is experiencing a rapid growth, resulting in the emergence of a new distillery almost every month.
Some of the prominent distilleries and brands today include Four Pillars, a Yarra Valley distillery that produces the award winning Four Pillars Rare Dry Gin and Four Pillars Bloody Shiraz Gin, the Archie Rose Distilling Co., a Sydney-based distillery that produces gin, whisky, and vodka, and is famous for crafting bottles such as the Archie Rose Signature Dry Gin, the Manly Spirits Co., another Sydney-based operation that crafts heavily maritime-influenced gins such as the Manly Spirits Coastal Citrus Gin, and finally, the Adelaide Hills Distillery, which produces exquisite small batch bottles that include the Adelaide Hills 78° Dry Gin.
These are but four of the many distilleries across Australia that are now venturing into the production of gin and with new craft and small batch distilling operations opening up constantly, this is by no means an exhaustive list.
Pairing Food with Australian Gin
For those looking to go beyond the traditional Gin & Tonic, Australian gin allows consumers to experiment with incredibly flavoursome cocktails that are created by each individual distillery and personalised to each of their bottles.
Australian dry style gins, including the Four Pillars Rare Dry Gin or Adelaide Hills 78° Dry Gin, can be consumed in classic cocktails such as the Negroni, or can be combined into bespoke distillery-created cocktails such as the Drop Bear or the Lemon Aspen Collins.
Incredibly craft and small batch Australian gins, such as the Four Pillars Bloody Shiraz Gin, should be consumed with tonic water or straight over ice with a slice of orange, to help preserve the nuanced flavours emanating from the botanicals used during distillation.
Citrus-focused or maritime-influenced gins, including the Manly Spirits Coastal Citrus Gin, can be combined with tonic water to create a highly refreshing summer drink, or can also be used in a distillery-crafted cocktail such as the Pear & Elderflower Gimlet.
For additional cocktail recommendations, read this article.