Gin lovers rejoice as World Gin Day returns for its 10th year on Saturday 9 June.
World Gin Day is a global celebration of all things gin and right here in South Australia we’ve got our fare share of festivities. No matter your juniper-elixir of choice, you can indulge in your gins and sins at many bars, distilleries and pop up events around the state.
For something uniquely Australian, you can’t go past a nip or a mix of Adelaide Hills Distillery’s Green Ant Gin, a collaboration with native bush tucker experts Something Wild.
To learn more, and sample this unique local drop, head up to The Stirling Hotel for their Gin & Jazz Day from 3pm. In celebration of World Gin Day, the Stirling team are pairing Adelaide Hills Distillery’s 78 degrees and Green Ant gins with gin-inspired food specials. Bringing a not-so-gin-loving counterpart? They’ve also got some great deals on Mismatch Brewing craft beer and The Hills Cider Company ciders.
Special cocktails on offer for the gin enthusiast include Estate Negronis and Green Ant Gimlets (all at a steal at $15 a pop).
‘What on earth is a Green Ant Gimlet?’ we hear you asking… A gimlet is a cocktail combining gin, lime juice and soda, but this version is unique due to it’s use of Green Ant Gin. Precisely what it says on the tin (or bottle as it were), Adelaide Hill’s Distillery’s creation in collaboration with Something Wild is a gin infused with green ants.
Traditionally, indigenous communities utilised green ants for their medicinal properties and consumed them as a source of protein. Recently, Something Wild discovered the ants also boast bold flavours of lime and coriander, the perfect compliment to a deliciously distilled gin. Thus, the collaboration with Adelaide Hills Distillery came to fruition (excuse the pun). Harvested by the Motlop family of the Larrakia people in the Northern Territory, the bush tucker is respectfully sourced and lovingly added to this gin, crafted in the Adelaide Hills.
The Stirling Hotel’s assistant venue manager, Richard Rogosic, is excited to be producing the unique cocktail for World Gin Day. “It’s going to be amazing. I’m very much looking forward to it. We’re using the green ants as a garnish element in the cocktails,” he says. “The basic ingredient of a gimlet is lime and citrus so we’re doing some pretty cool stuff with that, like adding in some local ingredients like lemon myrtle and rivergum to reflect those flavours.”
With a passion for all things gin, Richard is one of the creators of The Stirling Hotel Gin Club – a dedicated bar within the hotel to showcase the diversity of boutique gins from the Adelaide Hills and around the world. The club has helped the region gain recognition as a destination for gin appreciation, with the Adelaide Hills home to many of South Australia’s boutique gins.
“Here at the Stirling, we’re very much in close partnership with all the local people up here, so we thought it’d be great to put together a gin bar in the hills,” he says. “We worked with Settlers, Applewood and Adelaide Hills Distillery to showcase all their gins already, so when opening the gin bar we wanted to understand what they were trying to get out of their gins.”
While they make their own gin-focused cocktails, they also serve their gin and tonics with specific native garnishes and ingredients, to enhance the gin’s natural flavor profile. You’ll be hard pressed to make a decision on a single bottle though, with an enormous range to choose from. “We showcase over 40 different gins, including 20 different local gins and around 10 global gins too, so you can understand the origins of gin and how it’s developed through the years.”
For the event this Saturday, venue manager Cameron Frost says they’ve chosen to showcase Adelaide Hill’s 78 degrees and Green Ant Gin due to their local focus, and Something Wild for their ability to source fantastic native botanicals.. “We’re doing some estate negroni’s where all the products are from Adelaide Hills Distillery, so we’re really supporting local,” he says. “It’s going to be a fantastic festive style event!”
What better reason to head for the Hills this weekend and go wild on World Gin Day?
The Fritz team take this opportunity to apologise for a mistake in our current autumn 18 edition of the printed Fritz magazine. On page 88 in an interview with Adelaide Hills couple Ed and Julie Peter, it was mistakenly stated that they “were responsible for the transformation of The Stirling Hotel”. This is incorrect. The Stirling Hotel owners are Brettand Sarah Matthews.
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