Anther Distillery in three drinks

Published on 17 November 2020

Photo: Anther's Botanical Fizz (credit: David Hyde)

Dervilla McGowan and Sebastian Reaburn, the makers of award-winning Victorian gin Anther, have returned to their hospitality roots in opening Anther Gin Distillery and cocktail bar in North Geelong.

The pair are bringing back the distilling industry to Geelong, which was once home to Corio Distillery, the largest distillery in the southern hemisphere. Whether you’re planning to visit the new venue or you want to order some Anther to recreate the magic at home, here’s three of McGowan’s house favourites.

Blackcurrant Negroni

The Negroni is my favourite cocktail, and in true Anther Spirits style, this blackcurrant variation celebrates Australian producers and has a twist of whimsy. In 2018 Anther Gin was awarded the trophy for Champion Australian Gin at the Australian Distilled Spirits Awards. In the same year, our friends at Marionette won Best Australian Liqueur for their cassis, and Maidenii won Best Vermouth. From there it was a small step to bring these fantastic products together in a single cocktail.

Honestly, this cocktail started as a bit of a joke with friends to use all three-trophy winning local products in one drink, but the taste is incredible. This has become an Anther signature cocktail: we serve this at events, it’s on the menu at bars and definitely will be available in ours. It’s complex, approachable, and delicious. The combination of botanicals from the Anther gin and Maidenii vermouth create the traditional bitterness; the intense sweet and acidic finish from the Marionette Dry Cassis adds that signature Negroni pop. It’s a must-try.

Blackcurrant Negroni

20ml Anther Gin

15ml Maidenii Sweet Vermouth

15ml Marionette Dry Cassis

15ml Bitter (Campari or Adelaide Hills Italian).

Stir all ingredients with ice and pour over large ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with a lemon-gum leaf, or twist of orange peel.

 

Anther Southside

Part of the Anther project was to create a gin that was immediately Australian in style and flavour, but it also needed to work with any classic cocktail recipe. We used the Australian landscape and the Savoy Cocktail Book as inspiration for development. The cocktails at the distillery are about this hundred-year-long conversation between classic gin cocktails and modern distillation. We love the Southside as an awesome variation on the Gin Sour, so easy, so delicious. It works incredibly well with Anther, the finger lime and lemon gum in the gin match gloriously with the lime and mint in the cocktail. We also love to mix things up so, expect to see seasonal variations of this cocktail celebrating the numerous native Australian varieties of mint. (There’s more than few of them!)

Southside

60ml Anther Gin

30ml fresh lime juice

10ml sugar syrup

6-8 mint leaves.

Shake everything with ice. Fine-strain into a Champagne saucer and garnish with a sprig of mint.

Anther Botanical Fizz

This cocktail was created for an event with the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival! In 2018 we planted an Australian native garden on the rooftop of 883 Collins Street in Docklands with help from Lendlease, Bank of Melbourne, and of course MFWF. Over five months the Anther team along with Cam Smith from 3RRR and Harvest by Design, planted, cared for and ultimately harvested a single crop of native Australian plants to make a single batch of unique gin – Anther Habitat. While you can no longer buy any of Australia’s most urban gin, you can still enjoy the cocktail.

This drink was created to showcase local plants, so the most important part is the garnish.

The cocktail is totally clear and has no aroma other than the botanicals in Anther Gin, giving a magnificent clarity on how native flavours infuse the drink. And here’s an inside scoop: we’re replanting the Habitat garden at the distillery in North Geelong. We’ve got a raised garden where we’re re-growing the botanicals that made Habitat so delicious. In a few months we’ll will harvest our garden and make batch two of Anther Habitat. Exciting!

Botanical Fizz

50ml Anther Gin (preferably Anther Habitat Gin)

25ml citric or tartaric acid solution (recipe below)

10ml sugar

50ml sparking water.

To make citric or tartaric acid solution, mix 10g of dry citric acid or tartaric acid with 180ml water. This will make more than you need – save the rest for another cocktail. Alternatively, use 25ml of lemon or lime juice instead.

Stir gin, citric and tartaric acid and sugar together in a tall glass. Add ice, and top with sparking water to taste. Garnish with (non-toxic!) Australian native plants such as lemon gum, aniseed myrtle, pepper berry, or finger lime.

Anther Distillery is open now at PH3 Federal Mills, 33 Mackey St, North Geelon. Visit the website to buy Anther spirits and to join the mailing list to find out what's going on at the distillery: anther.com.au.

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