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2 Dec 2020

Grab a glass and reGINerate

In its third iteration, we believe the best was saved til last! The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mount Tomah partnership with Garden Grown Gin has continued as we have taken inspiration from the Blue Mountains and heroed the eucalyptus pulverulenta, a clear stand out in the many botanicals that could have been plucked and harvested.

Capturing the Blue Mountains in a gin was the challenge set for the Garden Grown team. Led by award winning distiller Phillip Moore, they have definitely created something special in this limited release. Whilst there was a plethora of botanicals to choose from at the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mount Tomah, it was a process of exploration to find the perfect blend. 

“In creating a gin in homage to the Blue Mountains and the Garden, there was one botanical I was immediately drawn to, Eucalyptus pulverulenta, or “Baby Blue” as some people call it.
 
It brings fresh, cooling qualities to the gin much like the mountains themselves. It really has created a gin as magical as the place itself”, said Phillip Moore.

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Phillip Moore and Curator Manager of the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mount Tomah, Greg Bourke.


Mixing eucalyptus with the superb recipe of juniper, a little Valencia Orange, Liquorice root, and Angelica for balance has led to this smooth, earthy, yet complex palate.

Blue Mountains Grown Gin is beautifully packaged in a stunning hand crafted blue glass bottle. A striking design that demands attention against the earthy tones of the natural landscape. The third bottle to add to your collection, this is a must have for all gin aficionados and novices alike.   

Hundreds of plants at the Garden were destroyed by bushfires earlier this year and profits from this gin help support the Garden’s horticultural and science staff as they rebuild and restore the crucial Living Collection.

As we move closer to the end of an extraordinary year for all of us, it’s important to acknowledge that it has been a particularly tough year for the local communities impacted by the Gospers Mountain fire that swept through the region surrounding the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mount Tomah. 

Denise Ora, Chief Executive of Botanic Gardens Greater Sydney
Blue Mountains Gin

Drink inspo

For something a bit fancy this festive season, try your hand at making your own cocktail at home. 

Blue Haze Martini

Ingredients

  • 60ml Blue Mountains Grown Gin

  • 1tspn Vermouth

  • Lime zest

Method

Stir the Blue Mountains Grown Gin and vermouth with ice in a mixing glass. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Serve with a lime zest.

Blue Mountain Buck

Ingredients

  • 30ml Blue Mountains Gin

  • 120ml Fever Tree Ginger Ale

  • Sprig Baby Blue eucalyptus garnish

Method 

Add all ingredients to highball glass topped with cubed ice. 

Evergreen 

Ingredients

  • 45ml Blue Mountains Gin

  • Pinch Fennel Seeds

  • 15ml Lemon Juice

  • 15ml Valencia Orange Juice

  • 15ml Australian Blue Mountains Honey (cut 2:1 honey to water)

  • 60ml Fever Tree Tonic Water

Method

Fill a cocktail shaker half full with ice. Add all ingredients (except tonic water) to cocktail shaker. Shake for 10 seconds until cold. ​Fine-strain mix into highball glass. Add ice to highball glass and garnish with Baby Blue eucalyptus sprig.

More information

Collaborations like the Blue Mountains Grown Gin provide powerful opportunities to help regrow the area damaged by the bushfire but also help to celebrate the resilience of nature and our personal journeys towards recovery. Purchase a bottle of Blue Mountains Grown Gin here or learn more about the impacts of the bushfires at the Garden in the video with Dr Brett Summerell below. 

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