New pioneer #6 Kings Cross Distillery

11 Jul

Pardon the pun, but it’s a testing times for everyone including entrepreneurs and innovators everywhere. It’s refreshing to see people continue to create and launch exciting new ventures, even in these testing times.

On of these exciting ventures in my New Pioneers series is the Kings Cross Distillery in Sydney’s colourful Kings Cross.

I have been along for the ride when my cousins, Khare and Odelia first developed the concept – to create their own HANDCRAFTED gin in an atmospheric den in Kings Cross foodie mecca, LLankelly Place.

I was lucky enough to sample the gin one rainy night, amid the reimagining and redecoration of the space and the taste was nothing less than amazing.

Like a Kings Cross to Bondi tram with the heater on

I’m no connoisseur of spirits but the distinctive lemon and myrtle ‘notes’ came through like a Kings Cross tram with the heater on. Warm, subtle and delicate but with a contender’s punch.

The gin is hand crafted. To quote the guys, “Our pot-still affectionately called “Miss Pottsy”, sits in the heart of our distillery, inside a venue that was once home to covert businesses; an illegal 60s casino and a salacious club and private bookshop, with secret tunnels and spaces to hideaway from the eyes of the law.”

Opening in Spring

Slated for an opening in the spring of 2020, the venue is full of atmosphere with a number of spaces where patrons can sit and sip the amazing hand crafted gin.

The atmosphere of a speakeasy

The Kings Cross Distillery also offers spirit lockers who’s origins date back to WWII Japan – an exclusive club for spirit aficionados to store their bottle to enjoy with friends.

The space has a speakeasy feel, the term believed to have come from the patrons having to whisper (or, speak”easy”) when entering a hidden bar during the prohibition era in the US.

Kings Cross Distillery will serve up delicious bar snacks such as mezze and tapas plates – baked kibbeh, vine-wrapped sardines, and harissa carrots to enjoy with your drinks.

I love it when new pioneers invent, create and innovate.

I love it when new pioneers invent, create and innovate.

Visit the website to purchase a collectible first batch Australian Classic Dry Gin ​modelled off a 1937 recipe or to keep up with other products, news and launch dates.

This is a happening you won’t want to miss.

Me and Max visit the distillery with Khare working the magic

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