Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be all roses and chocolates; there’s still plenty of space left for a beautiful drink! These 5 Aussie spirits are perfect for celebrating the most romantic day of the year with the one you love.
Trying to think of Valentine’s Day gifts that aren’t boring, cliched or exorbitantly expensive is so hard. You want something new, interesting and above all something your other half will actually enjoy.
We’ve put together a quick list of Aussie spirits that not only taste amazing but look the part for a Valentine’s Day gift.
Not only are these spirits all delicious and beautiful to look at, they’re also all handcrafted by Australian distillers. Buying these products means you’re supporting the local industry, which is so important.
Using fresh rhubarb, Stone Pine Distillery has created a fresh, bright alternative to their London dry style gin.
Both the vibrant orangey pink colour and sharp lively flavour come from the fresh rhubarb in this excellent gin.
How to use Stone Pine Rhubarb Gin
For the gin and tonic lover, this is a godsend. A generous pour (it’s only 25% ABV) of Rhubarb Gin, plenty of ice, a good-quality tonic, a garnish of lemon peel and a sprig of rosemary and you’re in heaven.
Made with strawberries from the Timboon Distillery market garden, this sweet aromatic schnapps is a spirit-forward bounty of freshness.
How to use Timboon Strawberry Schnapps
Like most schnapps, you can drink this one over ice, but it works even better in a glass of sparkling (what could be more romantic than pink bubbles?) or with soda and a wedge of lime.
The beautiful pearlescent hue of this pink gin comes from ruby red grapefruit, and its flavour profile from a host of Aussie native botanicals like Kakadu plum and strawberry gum.
Antipodes Distillery is also carbon neutral and makes certified organic spirits. Nothing sexier than the environment.
How to use Antipodes Organic Pink Gin
This is an aromatic, dry style of gin, perfect in a classic martini. It does the hard work in a terrific G&T and even goes in a spritz or with soda water. Meanwhile its pretty pink tones make this gin hard to refuse on Feb 14.
The incredibly vibrant red colour of this remarkable spirit comes purely from fermented fresh Aussie rhubarb. The juice is blended with other botanicals like juniper, gentian, grapefruit and mandarin skins to create a well-balanced, moreish drink whose style goes back a least 600 years.
How to use Rhubi Mistelle
This kind of simplified gin drinks really well on its own over ice and a slice of blood orange. But the balance of sweet, sour and herbaceous notes make it ideal for a spritz or just with a dash of soda.
If you like Baileys, you’re going to love this. In fact, Hellyer’s Road Distillery’s Whisky Cream Liqueur makes Baileys look like a kid’s home ec project.
Hellyer’s Road uses fresh cream - as in cream literally straight from their dairy farm - and blends it with their superb Tasmanian whisky to create the most decadent cream liqueur you’ve ever tasted. Velvety smooth, balanced and the perfect romantic night cap.
How to use Hellyer’s Road Whisky Cream Liqueur
Of course, pouring an indulgent measure over ice is an option. You can even add it to ice cream for your dessert, but working this liqueur into a dessert cocktail is next level stuff.