Ink Gin and Tonic | Blue Gin to Pink Gin
Gin and tonic is well-known as England’s national drink, but Australians are embracing its own craft gins and gin lovers around the world are catching on. What’s all the hype around the Australian made blue Ink Gin?
What Does Ink Gin Taste Like?
The Australian premium dry gin is made in a Forsyth copper pot-still from 13 organic botanicals and a mixture of juniper berries. The flavours and aromas are enriched by the locally grown botanicals such as lemon myrtle leaves, coriander seeds, pepper berries and sun-dried Australian grown Valencia orange peels. These fresh citrusy and spicy ingredients give this small batch organic Australian gin, its unique flavour characteristics and crisp, clean, refreshing finish.
Many factors play a part in creating the unique personality of each batch of Ink Gin. The soil, the way the botanicals are processed and climate to name a few. Orange peel, a pinch of salt and a bounty of other perfumed botanicals like elderflower, cinnamon, cardamom and licorice root are the crucial ingredients and undertones of the popular Australian made botanical gin.
Colour Changing Gin is a Big Hit
But, how does a blue gin turn pink when tonic water is added? The magic colour changing gin ingredient comes from butterfly pea flower petals (clitoria ternatea) which Husk Distillers source from Asia. The exotic flower petals are immersed in the copper pot-still for 24-hours to produce Ink Gin’s distinctive brilliant blue colour.
When the floral-infused gin and pH highly sensitive butterfly pea flowers are mixed with low pH mixers like tonic water, lime juice or lemon wedges, the colour changes from brilliant blue to a soft fuchsia pink. It’s a great party trick and conversation starter but it’s the taste of Ink Gin that has won the world over.
Fresh-faced Margot Robbie enjoying a refreshing glass of Ink Gin and tonic water in Dec 2016. Instagram Photo.
Australian Actress Ink Gin
In December 2016, Australian actress Margot Robbie posted an Instagram image of herself drinking a Pink Ink Gin Cocktail on the Gold Coast. The Instagram post attracted over 1.2 million likes from curious gin lovers around the globe. Everyone wanted to know the name of the pink gin cocktail she was drinking. This was a marketing win for the small boutique paddock to bottle distillery in Tumbulgum, NSW.
After Margot Robbie’s popular Instagram post, Husk Distillers were inundated by local and international orders and quickly sold out of Ink Gin. A good problem to have!
Channel 7 Weekender Visits Husk Distillers in Northern NSW
Hottest 100 Gins in Australia
Ink Gin has won several Australian liquor awards. On Australia Day 2019, Ink Gin was voted N0: 1 at the Covent Garden Hottest 100 Gins awards. This special event “GINUARY” is a countdown of the best Craft Gins, as voted by thousands of Gin lovers from all over the country in true Aussie Day style. Bundaberg distillery Kalki Moon‘s Classic Gin took out the Hottet 100 Gins award in 2020. With Ink Gin taking out N0: 2 position.
Australia Gin History
For the ultimate guide and history of Australian Gin, you must read this informaive article written by Matt, from Yellow Octopus.
What’s On at Husk and Distillery Tours
Husk runs distillery tours from Wednesday to Sunday for those keen to learn more about craft spirit making. You’ll find out what’s on at Husk, opening hours, location details and more on the distillery website. Reservations for tables and and picnic spots are recommended on weekdays and essential on weekends and can be booked online here.
Ink Gin Recipes | Ink Gin Cocktails
Ink Gin Cocktail ‘Passiflora Bloom’ perfect anytime!
45ml Ink Gin
15ml Passoa ‘passionfruit’ Liqueur
1/2 lime, squeezed
1/2 fresh passionfruit
2 teaspoons of sugar
Method; Place all ingredients in cocktail shaker. Shake, strain and pour over crushed ice.
A Product Worth Bottling
Ink Gin’s glass liquor bottle is distinctively masculine in design and square in shape. The entire range of Husk Distillers products are presented in stylish glass bottles of various shapes including a miniature Ink Gin bottle that is perfect for small gifts and product samples.
Cellar Door in 2019
In June 2019, Husk Distillers creators of Ink Gin, Spiced Bam Bam Agricole Rum and Pure Cane opened their new purpose-built gin and rum distillery, cellar door and café. Husk is located at North Tumbulgum in beautiful Northern Rivers NSW. The Tweed Valley distillery attracts huge crowds of gin and rum lovers and Tumbulgum’s local residents have embraced the new addition with open arms.
NSW tourism has seen an increase in visitors to other small towns across the Tweed Region since the opening of the distillery. Tourism is booming in Northern Rivers NSW with several exciting new businesses opening over the last few years.
Ink Gin Duty Free
You can pick up Ink Gin duty free with Husk Distillers other craft spirits – Spiced Bam Bam Rum and Pure Cane Rum at most Australian International Airports. If you can’t wait until your next international trip, then take advantage of their $10 flat-rate shipping Australia-wide. Otherwise, Ink Gin is available at Dan Murphys liquor stores and cellar door.
Founder Paul Messenger with the ‘Fat Bastard’ Forsyth copper Pot Still
New Low Alcohol Gin
Christmas 2019 was the perfect time to launch Husk Distillers new red gin. Sloe & Berry, a floral infused low alcohol (26%) Australian Gin made for those who want to drink less and enjoy more.
Distilled with juniper berries, coriander, angelica and liquorice root. Sloe & Berry mingles with Davidson plums to give the gin a tart flavour base. Its tartness is balanced by a mixture of sweet and juicy cherries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries and locally grown jaboticaba.
Native Australian rosella flowers compliment and add the finishing touch to the Husk Ink Sloe and Berry Gin.
Triple Oak Made For Rum Lovers
Gin not your thing! 2019 saw the release of Husk’s Triple Oak premium sipping rum. Their latest addition ‘Triple Oak’ is an Australian Agricole rum (distilled in 2013) and aged in three different barrels: ex-bourbon, ex-port and new American Oak.
For the rum connoisseur, the resulting blend allows the drinker to trace back to each barrel the flavours and aromas it encapsulates.
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