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Top 10 Australian Botanical Infused Alcohols to Try This Spring 2020

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Splash into spring with Australia’s best botanical infused alcoholic spirits!

As we spring into a new season with warmer days and lighter nights, now is the perfect time to refresh your cocktail creations with a zesty zing from some of Australia’s best botanical blends.

What is a botanical spirit?

These alcoholic spirits are similar to gin but without the juniper-led distillation flavours. They use natural sources like flowers, plants and berries for flavour, while the distillation process can vary from whisky-like heaviness to light gin-style spirits.

At Hunter and Bligh, we have already done the hard work for you and found Australia’s finest selection of fresh botanical spirits; all you need to decide is where to have them shaken or stirred?

Scroll down for our pick of the top 10 botanical infused alcohols made in Australia this season:

<strong>Vantage Australia</strong> The Spirit Of A Nation
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Vantage Australia The Spirit Of A Nation

It doesn’t get more quintessentially Australian than this! An original spirit, combining the cool citrus of native lemon myrtle, the subtle smoky spice of Tasmanian mountain pepper berries that’s perfectly complemented by the syrupy smooth sweetness of mandarin oil. This spirit will make you proud to be Australian. Try it neat over ice, with your favourite mixer or use as a base for your preferred cocktail.

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<strong>The West Winds Gin</strong> The Cutlass Gin
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The West Winds Gin The Cutlass Gin

This award-winning spirit is truly unique, championing the kutjera – a native bush tomato handpicked near Alice Springs. The tomato is then transformed at the West Winds distillery with traditional juniper and aromatic cinnamon myrtle to bring you a tantalisingly tasty bright and fruity alcoholic spirit with a light and lingering peppery finish. Serve this small batch gin ice cold and garnish with a slice of green capsicum or half a cherry tomato.

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<strong>The Natural Distilling Co</strong> Hemp Vodka
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The Natural Distilling Co Hemp Vodka

A truly ‘grassroots’ business, this Gippsland-based distillery produces some of the most sustainable ‘superfood’ spirits around. And, The Natural Distilling Co’s Hemp Vodka ($75) is free from chemical additives, sugar, lactose and gluten, making it the perfect pick-me-up for the health conscious. With notes of zesty lemon grass and soft mandarin, this spirit is ideal for a crisp spring day. Add a citrus garnish and serve straight up over ice or make it last longer with your favourite mixer.

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<strong>Brix Distillers</strong> White Rum
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Brix Distillers White Rum

Forget what you think you know about rum. This Sydney made spirit reinvents a classic using premium Australian grown molasses from the cane-fields of Queensland and northern New South Wales to deliver a clean, light, herbaceous rum to give your mojito more mojo! This is the ideal beverage for a bright spring day. Simply garnish with a slice of grapefruit and a splash of dry tonic.

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<strong>Kangaroo Island Spirits</strong> O'Gin
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Kangaroo Island Spirits O'Gin

This South Australian based distillery celebrates Australia’s finest native ingredients, using traditional distilling methods to create distinctively unique botanical blends. This is a contemporary London gin highlighting the earthy aromas of juniper, coriander and angelica root but with a native addition of the coastal daisy bush, olearia axillaris, which produces a sweet yet piney flavour. The bold notes are complemented by fresh citrusy Australian oranges which makes this the only choice for your next negroni.

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<strong>Mt. Uncle Distillery</strong> Botanic Australis Bushfire Smoked Gin
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Mt. Uncle Distillery Botanic Australis Bushfire Smoked Gin

If you like your springtime spritz with more depth, look no further than this Botanic Australis Bushfire Smoked Gin from Mt. Uncle Distillery ($88). This truly one-of-a-kind gin sensationally substitutes the original ingredients of the London dry gin recipe with Australian native botanicals. To give this spirit a tantalising twist, the botanicals are first smoked to uncover a rich, woody flavour which offers your palate an exceptionally unique experience.

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<strong>Underground Spirits</strong> Signature Gin
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Underground Spirits Signature Gin

This sweet and subtle gluten-free gin is the ultimate unity of classic and modern Australian flavours. This sense explosion combines core botanicals of juniper and coriander with native lemon myrtle, river mint, Tasmanian pepperberry and locally-sourced sustainable basil to deliver the tastebuds a soft citrus floral fragrance which can hold its own in a martini or be the best friend of ice and tonic.

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<strong>Lark Distillery</strong> Forty Spotted Australian Citrus Gin
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Lark Distillery Forty Spotted Australian Citrus Gin

This citrus drenched gin will have you salivating for more. The renowned spirit makers at Hobart’s Lark Distillery have done it again; this time they mix the traditional flavours of juniper with the refreshing aroma of Australian citrus and added complexity of Tasmanian Oyster Bay pine. Boasting notes of tangy tangerine complemented by a long citrusy finish, each sip is the perfect thirst-quencher on a spring day.

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<strong>Giniversity</strong> Botanical Gin
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Giniversity Botanical Gin

Giniversity has crafted a herbaceous gin that is individually distilled and infused with a botanical basket of native juniper, sandalwood, boronia, lemon myrtle and eucalyptus. This gin is an Australian flavour bomb which is the ideal accompaniment to your ice and tonic and best garnished with strawberries and rosemary. Cheers!

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<strong>Four Pillars</strong> Olive Leaf Gin
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Four Pillars Olive Leaf Gin

This popular Victorian-based distillery has spent five years crafting their new savoury gin. Three types of cold-pressed, quality, extra virgin olive oil and olive leaf tea from Victoria’s Cobram Estate have been perfectly paired with classic botanicals of rosemary and bay leaf to give this gin a uniquely Mediterranean feel. All the while the native macadamia nuts and lemon myrtle make this unmistakably Australian. Try this textural tipple in your next martini or as a Spanish-inspired gin and tonic.

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After more spring tipples as the weather heats up? Sip your way through our top 10 Australian wine choices for Spring 2020. Or, if gin and botanicals have your heart, you need to try one of Australia’s 7 best gins, and make sure to stock up your at home cocktail bar with all the goods while you’re at it.

Editor’s Note: Our writers and contributors have independently selected and curated this article, and all opinions are their own. This article does contain affiliate links which allow us to make revenue off some purchases made by our readers.
Feature image: Photographed by Tina Witherspoon. Image via Unsplash.
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