Maggie Collins Cocktail

This is our Barossa slant on a cocktail classic, the Tom Collins.  It’s wonderfully refreshing and dangerously drinkable, perfect for afternoons!

Technically we have taken this from a traditional Collins in the direction of a Gin Fizz, but lets not let technicalities get in the way of a good cocktail.

You will need:

50ml Barossa Distilling’s Generations Dry Gin (you could use other Citrus driven Gin’s but why compromise!
15ml Maggie Beer Verjuice.
15ml Bickford’s Lime
15ml Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice.
15ml Simple Sugar Syrup*
2 Dashes of Orange Bitters (Optional, but adds a depth of flavor)
Soda Water

To Garnish:
Fresh Mint Leaves
Half a slice of Blood Orange if available or other Orange varietal if not.


Put 3-4 cubes of ice into a cocktail shaker.
Add a couple of dashes of Orange Bitters, followed by Gin, Verjuice, Lime juice, Lemon juice and Sugar Syrup.
Do your best Bryan Brown/Tom Cruise impression and give the shaker a really good shake.
Part fill your glass with ice (Collins or High Ball glasses work well, but any glass will do)
Strain the contents of your shaker, except the ice, into your glass.
Add soda water to taste and Garnish with the Mint and Blood Orange.
Put your feet up and enjoy in the afternoon sun.

*Simple Sugar Syrup

You can buy from a bottle shop but it is very simple to make yourself.  Mix 1 cup (240ml) water with 1 cup (200g) white sugar. Combine in a medium saucepan, bring to the boil stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Decant and cool. Once bottled it will keep for at least a few weeks.

Barossa Shiraz Gin Vintage 2019 – coming soon!

We are now well over halfway with Barossa’s 2019 grape harvest and its looking like 2019 is the year of – very high quality but limited supply.

A dry Winter and Spring, frost, hail, high winds and a hot Summer just past have all led to the lowest-yielding Barossa harvest in 10 years! As a result we did wonder if another batch of our Barossa Shiraz Gin was going to be possible for 2019. Fortunately, we know a very nice Viticulturist and outstanding Winemaker who happens to like a bit of Gin and we managed to get our hands on some outstanding fruit from a beautiful vineyard on Krondorf Rd. We are keeping the exact location a bit of a secret, but we can tell you that the fruit is looking fantastic.

The grapes have been picked and de-stemmed and are now taking a nice long bath in Barossa Distilling Gin. Our good friends at Rock of Wisdom wines ( have once again stepped in to help us with a loan of their basket press for the messy part of the process and we hope to be bottling very soon.
Barossa Shiraz Gin (Vintage 2019) is well and truly under way and coming to a bottle near you very soon.

We sold out very quickly last year and once again this will be limited release. We will let you know as soon as we have a release date.

Espresso Martini Cocktail

The ever popular Espresso Martini is fast becoming a cocktail classic. As with almost all classics there is plenty of conjecture and debate around what makes the perfect Espresso Martini; Vodka or Gin based, espresso, instant or cold brew. We are going to put the debate to one side and share our version with you because quite frankly we think it is pretty damn good!

The following ingredients will make one cocktail. Get your shaker out and your jigger on and here we go. You are going to need:

45ml of Coffee
This can be cold brew, instant, plunger, or espresso. You can add the coffee fresh and hot but if it is hot make sure it is the last ingredient to hit the cocktail shaker, otherwise your ice to going to melt too fast and water everything down.
30ml Gin..
You can also use Vodka, maybe try them both and see what works best for you
30ml Coffee Liquor
We are using Carters but you can also use Mr Black, Kahlua or Tia Maria.

Garnish with:
Whole Coffee Beans
Homemade Honeycomb

Serve in:
A Coupette or Martini Glass

Putting it together:

First add ice to your cocktail shaker until it is just over half full. Next add your Gin, then your coffee Liqour and finally your coffee. Put the lid on the shaker, make sure it is tight! Give it a good vigourous shake for at least 20 seconds. You want to create a good thick crema for your cocktail.

Strain into your glass. Add up to 3 coffee beans and then your honeycomb.

Sit back and enjoy!

Ms Maple Gin Cocktail

This has become one of our favorite Gin cocktail’s at the Distillery. The Vermouth and Maple Syrup create a perfect balance of sweet and dry and when combined with the Gin, it becomes a delicious Gin cocktail perfect for any occasion.

Like anything, the quality of the ingredients you use will have a big impact on the final product. So here we go, you will need:

45ml Generations Gin
10ml Adelaide Hills Dry Vermouth (or another quality Dry Vermouth)
10ml Real Canadian Maple Syrup

Rocks glass & Ice

For the Garnish:
A ‘cheek’ or 2cm diameter disc of orange peel
A lighter or match
1 Cinnamon Quill

To put to all together:

1/2 fill your Rocks glass with ice.
Measure and pour the Gin, Vermouth and Maple Syrup over the ice
Stir well to combine all 3.
4. You can now get a bit flash by ‘expressing’ the Orange over the glass. Cut a cheek/2cm disc of peel from the orange. Warm it with a flame, being careful not to singe any fingers. When it has started to release the oils, squeeze the cheek in the direction of the flame over the top of the glass. The oils will spray out and ignite in a short burst of flame. Drop the orange in the glass and look very smug that you did not burn yourself!
5. The final stage is to position the Cinnamon Quill, in the glass and give it all a quick swirl. Serve and enjoy!

The Summer Cup Cocktail

A great cocktail is one that pairs fabulous ingredients to the mood and the moment. There are plenty cocktails that might do the trick, but for us The Summer Cup is easy to make and ticks all the boxes. It’s also really easy to put together!

We are pairing our own Budburst Gin with the Classic Pimm’s and Lemonade, to create a cocktail thirst quencher to beat them all. Fruity and refreshing with a depth that makes it delicious.

This recipe is designed for a large wine glass but if you have a group of friend’s round, dig out the water jugs in the back of the cupboard. Rinse off the dust and load them up with ice and fruit and simply multiply the quantities below to fill the jug.

You will need:

A large wine glass
Plenty of ice
Sliced Strawberries, Orange and Lemon
Mint leaves and tips for garnish

30 ml Barossa Distilling Budburst Gin
30 ml Pimms
200 ml (approx.) of a good quality lemonade

Simply fill your glass with ice, then tuck in a few sliced Strawberries, a couple of ½ slices of Orange, a couple of ½ slices of lemon and 4 or 5 fresh Garden Mint leaves.

Pour over the Gin, followed by the Pimms and then top up to ¾ full with the lemonade.

Easy as that. Cheers!