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.
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).
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
We are very aware of the old saying "never look a gift horse in the mouth" and were bought up to "be thankful for small mercies" so we need to state up front that we do appreciate the fact that the government faced up to the very unfair way excise is levied on alcohol.
The Government announced in the Budget that it will extend the excise refund scheme to domestic distillers. That scheme provides for a refund of up to 60 per cent of excise paid, up to $30,000 per financial year.
Are we excited? Not much.
Are we disappointed? A lot.
The scheme will not apply to your Aussie made gin, whisky, brandy, rum or vodka until 2017/18.
But it applies to beer right now!
How is that in any way logical or fair?
Why are you being financially punished because you want to drink a spirit instead of a beer?
For years the wine industry has received government support via the Wine Equalisation Tax and that has helped that industry to grow and export worldwide.
Australian distillers are consistently being recognised for the quality of their products yet are being charged excise at a higher rate than other beverages.
The delay in implementing a reform that the government obviously recognise as being needed and fair means that you can't expect your favourite nip to be cheaper anytime soon.
In fact there will be two INCREASES in the excise rate before the scheme commences for distilleries.
With an election looming it is the perfect time for you to tell your local member or candidate that the rebate scheme should start now so it applies to brewers and distillers equally and fairly.
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)