Earlier this week we were invited to a launch at The Collins Bar for the new Spritz Collection of cocktails featuring Settlers Spirits. I’ve always loved Collins Bar, it looks swish, it feels great, the bartenders are good and the cocktails always fancy with a punch. Straight from our own backyard of McLaren Vale comes McLaren Vale Distilling Co. which was but a pipe dream when Rowland and Shelly first set up Maximus Wines 8 years ago. Eventually it all came to fruition and we now have these amazing small batch artisan gins. Why stop there, make vodka and liqueurs too. So they did.
When I say small batch and artisan, they are involved every step of the way. The gin is actually made from grapes in their vineyard and some native South Australian botanicals for that local twist. It is all distilled and bottled by hand under the same property. We’ve just gotten halfway through a bottle of The Botanist Islay Dry Gin, something very pure, smooth and clean with 22 botanicals so we were eager to try something from our own backyard born of such passion.
To kick off the night was the classic Gin & Tonic. There’s the Rare Dry Gin, Oak Aged Gin and Old Tom Gin. We started off with an Old Tom G&T with lime and sage. Extra fragrant, extra refreshing. It’s rather aromatic with hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, pepper and cloves. Mr Foodie did later have a Dirty Martini with Oak Aged Gin (and extra olives).
On to the Spritz Collection, it’s a new cocktail collection of five using Settlers Spirits. This special menu currently runs till May at $16 each. We had the chance to try most and photograph all.
Sweet Cherry Fizz uses Settlers Cherry Liqueur, strawberry cartron, disaronno, cranberry and fresh lime juice topped with soda and prosecco. Prosecco you will find is another common ingredient in this collection. Served in a short glass packed with crushed ice, it’s sweet and refreshing but word of caution, sip slowly and enjoy.
As it turns out I wore a matching dress to what would be my favourite drink of the night – Blueberry Smash. Again in a short glass over crushed ice with a sprig of rosemary for that lingering aroma, it’s a beautiful drink and probably the most popular for photographing that night. Made with actual blueberry jam, fresh lime, Settlers Gin, sugar syrup, prosecco and soda it was quite the favourite among the ladies.
Pacifico Spritz looked incredibly refreshing and sounded like something you want to have lounging on the beach with cartron mandarin, campari, Settlers Gin, fresh pineapple juice and prosecco.
Say hello to our second favourite of the night – The Sicilian. Cue mafia jokes. Mr Foodie had a field day with that. The drink itself is made of aperol, soda and prosecco served over block ice in a wine glass with olives and orange.
Some time through the night Mr Foodie managed to sneak a taste of their Single Malt Whiskey, to his uttermost delight this whiskey fan was impressed. A clean taste he said, and strong, of course at 50% it would be. The whiskey is a new addition to the range. That aside, if you fancy a taste of Settlers Spirits pop into Collins Bar and if you want to go to the source for tastings and purchase, just go to Maximus Wines Cellar Door. For more stockists check our their website here.
Thank you Collins Bar and Settlers Spirits for a wonderful night.
Disclaimer: Foodie Ling was invited to Collins Bar as a guest
The Collins Bar
233 Victoria Square