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12 incredible, unique South Australian gins to try

Here at Glam, we’ve done the hard work for you and compiled a lineup of amazing, one-of-a-kind gins to add to your bar cart!

It’s no secret that Adelaidans are partial to a gin or two, and with a fantastic array of distillers popping up in South Australia’s backyard, the state is making its mark in the gin world.

While you can’t go wrong with a classic Gin and Tonic, there are plenty of unique gins distilled right here in SA, with incredible flavours you’d never imagine. From green ants to oysters and olives – several South Australian gin gurus have thought of it all!

So, here at Glam, we’ve done the hard work for you and compiled a lineup of amazing, one-of-a-kind gins to add to your bar cart:

Green Olive Gin | Full Circle |$89

The flavours of this contemporary Mediterranean gin are drawn directly from the sunlit beauty of the South Australian coastline. Lush green olives, freshly picked leaves from coastal olive trees and flaked sea salt from the Spencer Gulf give rise to this dry, savoury gin.

Subtle, classic notes of citrus, coriander, juniper and angelica root are all added to the pot in distilling and join in the botanical bouquet. However, this is unashamedly, even brashly, a Martini Gin. Whatever your preference – Churchill, Stirred, Dry, Wet, Dirty; and for Bond lovers, it even works superbly in a  Vesper Martini.

If you love Martinis or think you might, this one’s for you.

https://fullcirclespirits.com.au/products/green-olive-gin

Settlers Coriander Leaf Gin | Settlers Spirits | $80

If you love Coriander leaf, you’ll just love this gin. Think seafood, Asian food and Vietnamese food – a perfect match. For a savoury finish, we like to garnish it with a slice of lime with freshly cracked black pepper.

https://www.settlersspirits.com.au/products/settlers-coriander-leaf-gin

Dark Series Oyster Shell Gin | Never Never Distilling Co | $75

Oyster Shell Gin uses Kangaroo Island oyster shell, waxflower, Tasmania wakame, coastal daisy bush, saltbush and round mint to create a unique expression of the Australian coastline and built for contemporary seafood pairings.

Fresh sea spray jumps from the glass, bursting with split lime-leaf and fragrant grapefruit zest. The palate expresses the saline and savoury minerality of Kangaroo Island oyster shell and dried Australian wakame.

This gin is built for a martini. With lashings of wax flower and salinity, it scratches the itch of anyone who loves a savoury martini.

For those who love a G&T, it pairs beautifully with Fever Tree Mediterranean Tonic and a lime leaf garnish. It’s a great example of a sophisticated, citrus forward coastal highball. 

https://neverneverdistilling.com.au/products/dark-series-oyster-shell-gin

Prohibition Liquor Co | Christmas Gin 2021 |$125

Prohibition Christmas Gin is crafted from a perfect blend of Australian dry gin with macerated cherries, figs, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and gentle star anise, with some extra botanicals to add softness and spice.

Prohibition Christmas Gin is sweet and spicy, with a cut through of citrus and juniper, which keeps it true to its signature gin flavour components whilst reminding you of your favourite Christmas pudding. Great over ice, enhancing its liqueur characteristics or in your favourite Christmas Cocktail.

Don’t miss out on your bottle of limited release 2021 Prohibition Christmas Gin – they won’t last!

Buy yours here

Ultra Violet Dry Gin | Red Hen Gin| $69.95

A well-rounded gin with a light oily Juniper texture. Delicate spicy notes shine through from the presence of Coriander and Pepper, followed by a mellow sweetness to finish on the back of Vanilla and Cassia.

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Ambleside Distillers Mandarin Gin | $85

This limited edition Gin has been created using premium mandarins freshly harvested from an organic Riverland orchard. Paired with our hero, juniper and carefully balanced with elderberries, kumquat, vanilla, cacao, atherton nut and almond for a well-rounded palate. Cassia, cinnamon and licorice root add a subtle undertone of spice while the post distillation steeped mandarin peel give this Gin a fresh, zesty aroma. 

Perfect straight up, over ice or with a splash of premium tonic water or soda.

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Green Ant Gin | Seven Seasons | $99.95

Green Ants are added before and after distillation to give this gin a citrusy pop. The addition of Boobialla brings coastal floral notes with a hint of sweetness; Strawberry Gum adds a touch of warm spice with Eucalyptus on the nose and Lemon Myrtle and Pepper Berry add depth to the base citrus profile.

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Bush Apple Gin | Seven Seasons | $99.95

When it buckets down, new life is everywhere.  Water gushes from the rivers, Crocs lay their eggs and Barra are multiplying.  The bush apples are fruiting and are ripe for picking. 

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Applewood Coral Gin | $70

An oceanic, floral and nuanced Australian gin. Full of delicate, savoury berries intermingled with sea spray and cliffside succulents. Our homage to the wonders of the Australian hinterland and barrier reef.

How We Drink It

With good quality tonic and a slice of fresh ruby grapefruit, or shaken in our signature Coral Club. Pairs perfectly with tropical weather, golden hour and refreshments by the beach.

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Applewood Saltbush Gin | $90

A distinctly herbaceous and umami dense Australian gin. Sweet seaweeds and offshore vegetation abound with a mix of salinity, plump stonefruit and soft, almost peppered freshness.

How We Drink It

Made for sailing in the Whitsundays, steak tartare and a dirty martini at sunset.

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Glen Ewin Estate x Pot & Still | Fig Gin | $70

Made with fresh figs from sunny South Australia, this Fig Gin is a delicious small-batch spirit to add to your collection. Made in collaboration with Pot & Still and Glen Ewin, the fruit is poached to perfection to ensure all the sweet fig essence intertwines with the gin botanicals.

Perfect on the rocks with a squeeze of fresh lime, or top with tonic for a fizzy flavour explosion of a marriage between sweet figs and the acidity of the mixer.

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Three Little Birds | Bramble Gin

Described as quintessentially Australian in flavour, the blackberry and lemon-infused Bramble Gin from Three Little Birds Distillery is a must-taste to add to your list. The small-batch boutique gin is oozing in flavour of the tart berries, with a hint of acidity from the hand-peeled lemon.

Perfect on the rocks or used in a Bramble Gin Sour – yum! For those looking for a simpler drink, simply add soda and a handful of dehydrated fruit.

Honourable Mention: The Craft & Co Gingerbread Gin | $85 | VIC

Utterly unique, this unashamedly unfiltered gin retains all the warmth from the macerated ginger root, smashed nutmeg, cinnamon and tonka beans, recalling that delicious sense of joy from all your favourite festivities like Christmas, Easter or Halloween. It’s your new happy place.

We recommend trying it neat on ice, or with soda, ginger beer or grapefruit soda. For a summery cocktail try our Gingerbread Sunset which contains Gingerbread Gin, Aperol, lime juice, ginger beer & Angostura Bitters. For those that like milky/creamy cocktails, you can try our recipe for Gingerbread Gin Alexander or check out our delicious Gingerbread Gin Eggnog recipe for that perfect Christmas tipple.

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Think we’ve missed one? Email [email protected] to let us know!

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