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Published on May 10th, 2013 | by Ann Rickard

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Kangaroo Island Gin

Who would have thought they could make gin on Kangaroo Island?  It’s probably not something you’ve ever given thought to or ever will again after you read this.  Why would you?

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Ann with Gin history book

But Jon and Sarah Lark of KI Disterilly & Cellar Door have their own licensed distillery on the island and they make a really good drop of gin.   Don’t look for it in your bottle shop, I think it’s only sold on the island.  They make their own tonic too and you wouldn’t go back to the regular stuff after trying theirs.

We attended a gin Masterclass with them which involved a lot of sniffing but, for my part, no spitting.  I wasn’t about to waste a drop of gin.

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Kangaroo Island Gin

Jon and Sarah gave us a long history of gin – distilling has been around since 1st century AD, and then we sat down to a five course gin-themed dinner.   Well, you’d be surprised how many foods work well with an infusion of gin.

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After a Gin Bloody Mary granita oyster (how’s the photo?), we ate gin and beetroot cured Atlantic salmon, so beautiful and fresh and delicate.  Then gin spiced cured snapper, then…if you please…chilled cucumber and gin soup (see the photo above).  Then things really took a leap up with South Rock lamb with prosciutto and mulberry gin jus.

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Feeling lightheaded?

We finished with a lemon and gin tart with gin and tonic jelly.

It was gourmet eating on the veranda of the KI Distillery & Cellar Door which was quite rustic.   See, it’s good to do something different, isn’t it?

For more Infomation –  Tourism Kangaroo Island

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About the Author

is a Noosa (Australia) local and author of six successful books, all humorous travel narratives. In 2005 Ann won the prestigious ASTW’s Australian Travel Writer of the Year and in 2007 she won the ASTW Travel Book of the Year. Ann takes a culinary tour to the South of France in June every year . Ann writes travel, dining and columns for the Sunshine Coast Daily and is the Life editor of the Noosa News. Ann also maintains a well read and popular blog site. Ann’s travels have seen her explore cuisines all over the world.



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