Gin lovers, let’s raise our glasses as we support Australian made!
Do you start your happy hour with a gin and tonic? Or do you like to craft cocktails at home with a new tipple? Better yet, are you looking to just try something new? Regardless of the reason, we’ve got a selection of Australian gin brands that are well worth supporting!
Whether they’ve won gin awards or they’ve got a revolutionary gin distillery, gin lovers can rejoice as we’ve compiled a guide to the best Australian gins that you must try in 2022. Cheers!
If you’re looking for the gin that changes colour, you may be looking for Husk Distillery’s Ink Gin. Apart from its potent flavours, charismatic botanical journey and colourful aesthetic, Husk Distillery is more than their purple-hued concoction. One of the top Australian gins of 2022, Husk Distillery is innovative to the very last drop. With their gin distillery found in North Tumbulgum (northern New South Wales), here you’ll be able to discover new ways to enjoy Husk Distillery Gin all whilst strolling through the grounds of their family farm.
Owned and led by husband and wife duo Brendan and Laura Carter, Applewood Distillery is one of the top Australian gin brands to keep on your watchlist in 2022. Putting Australia’s flora at their forefront, Applewood Distillery hopes to utilise its distinct flavours by supporting farmers with sustainable methods and, of course, following a two-way agriculture practice by supporting Australia’s fragile ecosystems. Valuing Indigenous culture, Applewood Distillery is also passionate about crafting a unique Australian gin that encompasses some of our nations rarest flavours that are uncommonly used. If you’re looking for an Australian dry gin, the Applewood Gin is your best bet thanks to its native citrus core and a soaring overall eucalypt freshness.
Archie Rose Distilling Co.
Hailing from Rosebery in New South Wales, Archie Rose Distilling Co. is one Australian gin brand to keep on your radar. With numerous Australian gin awards under their belt, Archie Rose has also made a name for itself with their selection of whiskies, vodkas, rums and even ready-made bottled cocktails. Winning Australia’s Most Innovative Hospitatility Company in 2019, it’s no surprise that Archie Rose knows how to keep up their creative tricks. On top of the distillery tours, Archie Rose Distilling Co. also offers gin and whisky blending classes as well as a handful of masterclasses that provide guests with a hands-on experience.
Bass & Flinders Distillery
Founded in 2009, Bass & Flinders Distillery was born on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria after a passion for creating a range of high quality, artisanal Australian gins and liqueurs was discovered. With its prime wine growing region location in mind, Bass & Flinders Distillery hoped to create a product that reflected their home and heritage. After launching their Ochre brandy, Bass & Flinders Distillery then set out on a new venture to create one of the best Australian gins. Today, their gin range includes an Australian dry gin Maritime, an ant-infused gin (Angry Ant Gin) and, our personal favourite, the Heartbreak Pinot Noir Gin.
Hailing from Healesville in Victoria, Four Pillars is certainly making a great name for themselves as one of the top Australian gin brands. The perfect accompaniment to any happy hour, Four Pillars is all about a creative cocktail. Commonly known for their Bloody Shiraz Gin that has bewitched gin drinkers around the world, Four Pillars is also renowned for their latest Australian gin Fresh Yuzu and limited edition releases Chardonnay Barrel Gin and Sherry Cask Gin. Regardless of your pick, we can guarantee that it will be one of your favourite Australian gins.
78 Degrees Distillery
If you’re looking for a South Australian gin distillery, we must point you in the direction of one of our favourite Australian gin brands, 78 Degrees Distillery. Found in Hay Valley, 40-minutes east of Adelaide’s CBD, 78 Degrees Distillery focuses on handcrafting a more savoury, grape-based gin. Using Adelaide Hills water and a blend of 12 unique botanicals, this Australian gin brand also ensures that their concoctions are never heated above 78.1 degrees (hence their name). For something truly unique, we recommend the Classic Gin that features a spiced, aromatic blend that is best served with tonic, a citrus twist and even some peppercorns.
Cape Byron Distillery
You’ve heard of Brookie’s Gin, but where does it come from? Meet Cape Byron Distillery – the legends behind the legendary gin. Honouring the traditions and art of distillation, Cape Byron Distillery was born to showcase everything that the Byron Bay region has to offer. We’re talking 25 botanicals – 17 of which are sourced locally from their surrounding rainforest. On top of their Brookie’s Byron Dry Gin, we recommend trying their Byron Negroni, Shirl the Pearl and their ready to drink cocktail range including a spritz and gin and tonic.
The West Winds Gin
Meet The West Winds Gin – Australia’s most awarded gin distillery. Marking its territory in Western Australia, The West Winds began just a mere 12 years ago after two mates decided to start off on an uncharted course together. Keeping their vision on track, today, The West Winds Gin celebrates the unique botanicals of this ancient land by forging a new path for Australian gin. After a year and 45 distillations to develop their first two gins, The West Winds Gin made their mark in the industry and has never looked back ever since. One of the best Australian gin brands of 2022, be sure to give their Pinque Rosé Gin a try.
After you’ve made yourself familiar with these Australian gin brands, why not get creative with these 5 Easy Gin and Tonic Cocktail Recipes? Or, leave it up to the professionals and visit one of the Best Gin Bars Around Australia of 2022.