World Gin Day (11th June) will see Byron bars celebrating locally distilled Ink Gin with cocktail specials forming part of the Ink Gin Cocktail Trail.
Celebrating all things gin, World Gin Day now in its eighth year was founded in the UK, but has since grown to be celebrated worldwide. Australia has embraced this celebration of all things juniper, with hundreds of events planned across the country.
Husk Distillers, the distillery behind Ink Gin, has put together a cocktail trail to encourage people to get out and celebrate World Gin Day with the local drop.
‘We want to encourage bartenders to be creative and mix up some adventurous cocktails to show off how versatile and delicious gin can be,’ said distiller Paul Messenger said.
Husk Distillers based at Tumbulgum made waves last year with the launch of the world’s first colour-changing gin. Ink Gin is royal blue in colour, but changes to blush pink when combined with an acidic mixer, such as lemon juice, lime juice or tonic water. This unique colour reaction is derived from a post-distillation infusion using petals of an exotic flower. Butterfly Pea (Clitoria Ternatea), grows across equatorial Asia to the Torres Strait and while it is used in herbal teas and Ayurveda the botanical has never before been used in a spirit.
‘We first saw the flower in a traditional iced tea, and instantly knew it would be perfect as a leading botanical in a gin,’ said Paul Messenger. ‘We wanted to capture the essence of the flower in a bottle, so we crafted our gin recipe around it.’
The recipe is also unique. Ink Gin is distilled with 13 botanicals from around the world, with the leading flavours combining juniper, coriander, locally grown north coast lemon myrtle, Tasmanian pepper berry and hand peeled Australian oranges.
Over the upcoming long weekend bars around Byron and the Northern Rivers will be celebrating World Gin Day with Ink Gin cocktail specials, showing off their most creative cocktail skills.
A taste of some of the cocktails on offer:
The Bolt Hole
Howlin Wolf – Ink Gin, Laphroaig Select cask, fresh green apple, lemon & lime juice and organic raspberry.
The Byron @ Byron
Classic Inkwell Martini – Dry martini served with white onions
Elements of Byron
Byron Fresh Cafe
Harvest 75 – Ink Gin, Halliday Farm tonic syrup, Tilly’s Farm limoncello & Australian bubbles.
Inkredible – Ink Gin, Yellow Chartreuse, lavender essence, lime juice
These cocktails + more will be available at special prices in venues across Byron Bay and the Northern Rivers as part of the Ink Gin Local Cocktail Trail over the long weekend 11th-13th June.
For further information visit inkgin.com