Raising awareness of Mental Health is something near and dear to us so when Sydney based Art Director, Amy Roser, made us aware of the project she had underway to address this issue we were immediately on-board.
Both One Wave and batyr have approached the work of raising awareness of issues such as depression and anxiety in unique and engaging ways.
Please have a look at their websites to see the great work they are doing.
How are we supporting Amy and So Far So Good?
Our first undertaking was to support the opening of the exhibition by donating some of our award winning Dry Gin and Sloe Gin to be served on the night and to be used as rewards for people pledging funds on the group's Pozzible page.
Our second decision was to donate five dollars ($5.00) from the sale of any of our gins on our website PLUS give a five dollar discount to the person buying the gin.
This donation will apply to any purchase made via our website before 1 Nov 2018. Use the code sfsg at checkout to activate the donation and discount.
AMY ON SO FAR SO GOOD IN HER OWN WORDS:
So Far So Good is a text-based group show that aims to get people talking positively about mental health. 100% of profits are going to One Wave and Batyr, two local mental health non-profits. Dealing with personal stuff can be a really isolating experience so I am really passionate about starting up a dialogue with a big group of people and celebrating those who champion the mental health space every day.
I have 13 artists, a poet, the St O’Donnell boys on the music, a VR company, a number of brands, and loads of friends on board to help me realise the project – it opens on RUOK? Day and it’s already been a big success in terms of bringing a community together to acknowledge something that often gets swept under the rug. Stay tuned… I guess this is my ideal collaboration, just quietly. Tough but rewarding… and meaningful.
This cocktail was advertised in Pittsburg (USA) in 1909 and the ad that appeared then is certainly cringworthy by the standards of today.
The advertisement stated that –
• One makes a man listen to the suffragette case,
• two makes him think the cause has some merit,
• three makes him a convert and
• four makes him go home to do the dishes.
To make this cocktail you will need -
• 30ml sloe gin
• 30ml dry vermouth
• 30ml sweet vermouth
• Dash of orange bitters
Put the sloe gin, dry vermouth, and sweet vermouth in a mixing glass filled with ice and stir until well chilled. Then strain into a cocktail glass and Garnish with a lemon twist.
We naturally enjoy our Gin in an array of amazing cocktails but we also enjoy creating fantastic foods using Gin.
This recipe caught our eye and we loved the fudge so much we just had to share it.
Have fun and enjoy it.
You will need -
2 cups of white chocolate chips
8 cups confectioner's sugar
1 cup Nonesuch Dry Gin
zest of 2 limes (optional)
To make -
Line a 9 x 13 inch baking pan with parchment paper.
Place the chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave at medium power for until melted, stirring well at regular intervals.
While the chocolate is melting, place the confectioner's sugar in a large bowl. Whisk the gin into the sugar. The mixture will look like icing.
When the chocolate is melted, quickly pour the chocolate into the sugar and gin mixture and stir very well. Scrape the chocolate, gin and sugar mixture into the prepared baking pan. Spread evenly. Work quickly, as white chocolate sets quickly when mixed with liquid.
If desired, sprinkle lime zest on top and gently press into the fudge.
Let the fudge set at room temperature just until firm, about 30 minutes. Lift from the pan and cut into squares. Let set fully for another hour. If the fudge is still too soft, place in the refrigerator to firm.
Makes 60 one-inch pieces.
(Thank you Yummly Rich Recipes)
These are just the thing for the coming summer days.
A gin and tonic is one of the most refreshing alcoholic beverages to sip on during warmer months so these "adult only" icy poles just perfect for a barbecue or for a picnic or just when you need to cool down.
You will need -
100g caster sugar
80ml Nonesuch Dry Gin
50ml cold water
Juice of 1 lime
225ml tonic water
Slices of cucumber and/fruit (optional)
Icy pole molds and sticks
Put the sugar and cold water in small saucepan and stir over a low/medium heat (don't let it boil) until the sugar has dissolved. Set aside to cool completely.
When cool, put the sugar syrup in a medium pouring jug with the gin, lime juice and tonic water and mix.
If you are adding fruit or cucumber slices put a slice into each of the molds.
Pour the mixture evenly into the molds, add the sticks and put in the freezer. Freeze until solid (ideally overnight).
You know how it is. You are having a group of friends over to your place for that mid-morning meal and, while you know that you can be brilliantly creative in the kitchen, what to drink is an issue.
It is unlikely that orange juice or coffee alone is going to add a "wow" component that makes the whole experience memorable and you keep seeing that bottle of gin in your peripheral vision. But is it too early for Gin? When is the right time?
The right time is now and thankfully there are plenty of ways to enjoy a gin with brunch that really compliment what you are enjoying food-wise.
Here is one of our favourites that will help bring out your inner morning person.
Nonesuch Brunch Cocktail
40ml Nonesuch Dry Gin.
2 tsp. Orange marmalade.
20ml. Fresh lemon juice.
15ml. Simple syrup.
Add all the ingredients to a cocktail shaker and fill with ice.
Shake, then strain into a cocktail glass.
Garnish with a strip of lemon peel and enjoy with buttered toast on the side.
Many of the visitors to our distillery have commented along the lines of "I would love to do what you do" so we thought "why not?" and set about making it possible for them to experience a day in the distillery.
More than a tour, this experience puts participants right in the midst of the production of either a craft gin or Whisky.
This experience is certainly one for the bucket list or it is a unique and amazing gift for anyone interested in learning how small batch, craft spirits are produced.
For more information or to book click here
Tasmanian produce, whether it is from the sea, farms or orchards is amazingly good and is recognised nationally and internationally.
The small batch spirits distilled at Nonesuch Distillery are made with the care and attention to detail that ensures they continue the gourmet tradition of other Tasmanian producers.
When there are such great ingredients available it is just natural to match them for a foodie delight.
This recipe uses delicious mussels from Tasmania's pristine East Coast waters and wonderful Tasmanian olive oil along with our Tasmanian Dry Gin to create a dish based on the classic Dirty Martini cocktail.
(By the way, a true Martini uses gin. .... always gin)