In Australia we love our beer as evidenced by the vast number of fantastic craft brewers who now even have their very own ‘Hottest 100’ contest on Australia Day. Blokes bask in the opportunity to prove our much refuted multi-tasking skills by juggling both music and beer ‘Hottest 100’ countdowns on Australia Day, at the same time, without breaking a sweat.
While we’re spoilt for choice with beer, and certainly have some killer wines at our disposal, there’s another category in the Australian made alcohol market that’s only just starting to get warmed up.
Australian craft spirits is an area to keep your eye on as they’re already kicking goals at important international competitions, but can sometimes be overlooked thanks to all the noise that comes from the large, mass produced brands. In the absence of a ‘Hottest 100 Aussie craft spirits’ contest (for now at least), here are 10 to check out for a well spirited Australia Day:
Here are the 10 best Australian Craft Spirits:
Poor Toms Gin: NSW, $69.99. Serve suggestion: G&T with strawberry to garnish.
Four Pillars Rare Dry Gin: VIC, National and International award winner, $70.00. Serve suggestion: G&T with orange slice to garnish.
West Winds ‘The Sabre’ Gin: WA, National and International award winner, $55.00. Serve suggestion: G&T with a slice of red capsicum to garnish.
Small Mouth Vodka: NSW, International award winner, $59.95. Serve suggestion: Dry martini with a lemon twist or in a vodka tonic.
LongLeaf Tea Vodka: NSW, International award winner, $64.99. Serve suggestion: Straight over ice or with a dash of soda and lemon.
Moonshine & Whisky:
Crazy Uncle Moonshine: WA, National award winner, $70.00. Serve suggestion: Mix with ginger beer and lime for a Moonshine Mule.
Nant Sherry Wood Single Cask Whisky: TAS, International award winner, $165.00. Serve suggestion: Neat or on ice.
Belgrove Rye Whisky: TAS, $145.00. Serve suggestion: Neat, in an Old Fashioned or a Manhattan.
Iridium Gold Rum: QLD, International award winner, $70.00. Serve suggestion: On the rocks or in a Dark and Stormy.
Ord River Overproof Rum: WA, National and International award winner, $94.00. Serve suggestion: Neat or for a bit of extra kick in a Dark and Stormy.