by Barossa Distilling >> November 03, 2016

We like a bit of rebelliousness here at Barossa Distilling. Our heroes are the poets and the fighters. The movers and shakers. The dreamers and the schemers. The renegades and the fringe dwellers. Those that escape the ordinary and colonise new frontiers. The creatives, the musician’s, the literary wunderkids; we celebrate them in all their messy unfettered glory. For we believe in agitating the mundane, pioneering the extraordinary. With that in mind, we have created our Gin Hero campaign. Cocktails based on our favourite rebels and iconoclasts. These cocktails are not for the mild, so beware. But you never know until you try…enjoy.

The Gin Morrison

Named after the legendary Doors singer, this cocktail is an ode to two of his great loves: whisky and writers. Jim Morrison was a doomed star, his brilliance burning all too short into the long night. Known to haunt the hangouts of pen-pushers like Ernest Hemingway, Oscar Wilde and French bad-boy poet Baudelaire, they were each celebrators and perpetrators of wildness and decadence. Individuals who fought tooth and bloodied fist for their right to drink and dance and rage into the night as their will desired. Much like his idols, Morrison was a fan of fuelling his creativity through the medium of alcohol. And, like its namesake, this is not a drink for the faint-hearted.

Inspired by a rather bruising encounter with Janis Joplin, this is a whisky-gin mix that will see you through to the other side of morning. It is an expression of rejection. A taste of artistic temperament, refined by a desire for freedom of will and a paean to nonconformity. Drink it if you dare.

You can go a bold, ballsy, low down smoky whisky route with the Gin Morrison, if you want to channel that true thousand-yard stare of the Lizard King. For this, we would recommend an aged malt like Laphroaig. Its strong smoky flavours and vanilla edged sweetness will be a great match for Generations Gin vanilla oak undertones. Combine this with the dry end notes of Laphroaig and you have a brilliant vermouth substitute. If this feels too heavy on an already heavy (drinker’s) drink, then feel free to use a sweeter, smoother and altogether more floral whisky, like Highland Park. The orange flavours mixed in with jasmine and a nice peppery back-mouth-kick will marry well with Barossa Generations Gin own mix of botanicals.

We recommend not using a martini glass, for what is essentially a martini type of cocktail. The Gin Morrison should be drank out of a tumbler, maybe with a few artfully placed chips in the glass. Sip slowly as you gaze out into the pelting rain and lowered grey skies of a centuries-old Parisian streetscape.

Or, you know, in the garden with friends on a summer’s day with the radio blazing and the BBQ sizzling and a cheeky squeeze of an orange quarter to lighten the tone (and the alcohol percentage). Whatever floats your boat.

 Image: Elektra Records

2 1/2 parts Barossa Generations Gin
Dash to a large splodge of Scotch Whisky
Lemon twist for garnish
Pour ingredients into a shaker filled with ice,
as cold as your heart since your love has gone
Stir well, to the pace of Riders on the Storm
Strain into a chilled tumbler, thinking about how People Are Strange
This is the end, my beautiful friend: garnish with a lemon twist

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