Behind The Barossa’s First Gin Distillery

Barossa = wine in the minds of most Australians, yet the region’s newest venture is set to change that perception. Seppeltsfield Road Distillers, the area’s first artisan gin house, officially opened last week to much excitement. Owned and operated by locals Nicole and Jon Durdin, the distillery aims to showcase regionally sourced ingredients through its…

Go Explore: The Spirit of Bundaberg Festival

Calling all Queenslanders, your weekend doesn’t have to be crummy just because of some bad weather. Why not make it rummy instead? This Saturday 13th October, Bundaberg Rum Distillery is celebrating its annual Spirit of Bundaberg Festival. The all-day event will see the grounds of the distillery taken over by food stalls and vendors serving…

A Brief History of Vodka Down Under

Although Australians are some of the biggest vodka lovers today, until the early 1950s the spirit was largely unknown except to some East European immigrants looking for the taste of home. To celebrate International Vodka Day today (Thursday 4th October) we’ve taken a trip down memory lane to look at the history of vodka in this…

Johnnie Walker Brings Game of Thrones Fans White Walker Whisky

It may have thawed Down Under, with the aromas of spring fresh in the air, but Johnnie Walker is here to remind you that the next winter is coming. The iconic whisky brand has teamed up with HBO’s best-loved series, Game of Thrones, to release White Walker, a limited-edition Scotch Whisky inspired by the show’s…

How To Make Rum Punch

It’s National Rum Punch Day! explore DRINKS has the perfect recipe to get you in the ‘spirit’ (pun intended). Ideal for entertaining on those warm nights, we reckon this is one recipe you’ll be pulling out time and time again this season! Makes approx. 5 Drinks GLASS: Punch Bowl INGREDIENTS: 250ml Freshly squeezed lime juice 250g…

Five Australian Distillers You Should Know About

A wonderful eruption of local distillers has taken place in Australia over the last few years – yet that is not to say that there weren’t any here before. Often when old meets new you get something truly eclectic and in this case, we find ourselves with a fantastic mix of passionate producers championing award-winning…

World Gin Day: 5 to Swirl, Sip and Savour

Even if you have a handy $1000 burning a hole in your pocket, it’s highly unlikely that you’ll be able to get a hold of a bottle of The Archaeologist Gin (that is to assume you’d want to). But, as this Saturday (9 June) is World Gin Day, why not? Words by Drinks Writer, Ken Gargett…

5 of the Best Caribbean Rums

Nicaragua. Home to..? Three things stand out: firstly, good coffee, which makes up nearly a fifth of all of their exports; secondly, tarpon – okay, that may be more what stands out for me, one of the world’s greatest sports fish and one on my bucket list to see; but also more importantly, Flor de…

Go Explore: Sydney’s Newest Bar and Restaurant

Have you heard about Bar Patrón yet? This sophisticated Mexican bar and restaurant opened in Sydney’s buzzing Circular Quay yesterday and has already proven itself as a hit. Words by Editor Hannah Sparks Behind the new establishment is Rockpool Dining Group and if you haven’t already guessed it, global tequila brand Patrón. With Rockpool’s knowledge…

Five Great, Rare Rums

Great spirits. Aficionados will argue for hours about the best malt whisky, the finest Cognacs, now even the top gins. But rum? Not so much. And yet a great rum is as deserving of inclusion in any debate on the best of the spirit world. Indeed, I have made it my mission to search out…

Go Explore: Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

SPONSORED Calling all food and drink lovers: with just under a month to go, we’ve skimmed the 300-long program of events, corralled our friends in the know and picked our top five events not to miss at this year’s Melbourne Food and Wine Festival. Prepare to wine and dine amongst famous chefs and country winemakers…

The Ever-Changing Chameleon: Four Pillars Gin

Has there ever been such an explosion of interest, the variety of production and general weirdness in the spirits world (as opposed to the spirit world) as there has been with gin over the last decade? No séance needed to predict that this is going to continue for some time. Words by drinks writer, Ken Gargett Why gin,…