World Gin Day is near. A whole 24 hours dedicated to sipping away at the most sophisticated of clear spirits while we watch the miserable weather pass by outside from some of Adelaide’s finest bars. It sounds just like being in London, sans the fact that the newspapers there have been keeping a tally since the last day they enjoyed a clear blue sky. We believe the number is in triple figures currently. No wonder they like their Gin so much there.
Anyway, with South Australia smartly positioning itself as the Gin State of Australia, there are a host of local producers splashing their wares across the city, much like the Gin Craze of the 1600s, except we now know not to drink the stuff by the pint. Unless you share the same constitution as Lindsey Lohan during the early 2000s, but we don’t advise it.
Moving on, here are the highlights of what’s sure to be a jam packed Saturday:
The gin geniuses at Hains & Co are throwing a Gin Garden Party out front complete with white picket fencing, faux lawn, flower pots and jars of gin botanicals dotted around. How crazy good does that sound? The party kicks off around 6pm and at each hour on the hour, they’ll be introducing another gin with Brand Ambassadors on hand to give you all the info you need. The gin of the hour will feature as a G&T and specialised cocktail, plus you’ll also get the chance to get a little cultural and sample different gins from around the world.
The Howling are back with a party to rival last year’s festivities, especially since they’ll also be celebrating recently moving into their new home on Vaughan Place. There will be gin activities galore, from making your own G&T to a gin wheel where you can win gin! For true enthusiasts, KI Spirits are hosting a Bootelegging Masterclass with a take-home bottle included. Pre-book one of three classes for $90 per couple to get involved.
Bar Torino’s gin event has, unfortunately for us, already been so popular it’s sold out. Never fear though, as you may be able to catch one of a few tickets floating around or better yet, you can attend their World Gin Day 2.0 event the weekend after. Both events kick off at 1:30pm, serving up five different gins paired with tapas throughout the day. Better get in quick as the second installment is sure to sell out quick too.
Hacienda are showing SA some love by showcasing some home-grown gin on the night (with a few NZ and UK gins in the mix), and they’ll be pairing them with Fever Tree tonics for some delicious concoctions. Word has it that there might even be a pop up Gin Bar on the street – stay tuned for that one. Get there before 10pm for free entry ($10 after).
Cabaret loving gin-drinkers, we’ve got you covered. Nexus Arts Venue are teaming up with some world-class distillers for a night of jazz, cabaret and obviously, gin. You can try some tasting boards on the night featuring their three faves while they simultaneously host the Cabaret Fringe Festival.
The Propaganda Club are putting on one hell of a shindig, because not only is it World Gin Day, it’s also their first birthday. Food and gin pairings will evoke your senses and an opportunity to meet the maker will teach you all the secrets of gin. This once in a lifetime, artisan inspired event costs $130 and tickets can be purchased here.
Head down South to sample six of the greatest gins our state has to offer. You’ll need to book with the venue in advance so hit up their social media and message them all your booking details to secure your spot. It’s $20 at the door and the gin starts pouring at 5:30pm.
Everyone’s favourite market is getting in on the gin action this year and celebrating the day with some delicious gin tastings from award-winning Prohibition Liquor Co. and Kangaroo Island Spirits. Masterchef’s Callum Hann will also be there to show us how to cook market produce. Wait…there will be gin AND food? Doesn’t get much better than that. The event runs from 12pm til 2pm, so get ready for some good old daytime drinking.
You and your friends can hop aboard the Gin Bus at 10:30am in the city and head out to Glen Ewin Estate for an epic gin fest running til 6pm. There will be hourly prizes, your chance to be the first to try Settlers Spirits new gin, numerous free tastings and even a gin-marinated spit-roast pig. Now that’s dedication. You can book via Facebook – it’s $20 entry, $25 for the Gin Bus and there are three masterclass sessions to choose from at $25 each.
Head up to the Barossa for a four-course gin-infused feast in The Cellar Kitchen Restaurant. The menu includes such wonders as lime and gin sorbet, smoked gin trout, juniper crusted venison, gin cocktails and more. Honestly, they had us at gin sorbet. Lunch starts at 12 and tickets are $70, purchase them here.
World Gin Day is Saturday, 10 June. If that also happens to be your birthday, well you’re just damn lucky!