Get ready for Sydney’s newest gin coming to us courtesy of the soon-to-launch Kings Cross Distillery.
Gin in undeniably the spirit of the moment. In fact, we’ve been writing about it on numerous occasions in the past few months: from the launch of Sydney’s first flagship Four Pillars gin lab to the world’s first virtual G&T festival and even delicious gin-fuelled recipes courtesy of Sydney Gin. And today is no different as we deliver the exciting news that Sydney is about to score an epic new gin distillery and bar in the heart of Kings Cross.
Aptly named the Kings Cross Distillery, this new gin-fuelled destination is set to be one of Sydney’s most exciting new openings in 2020. The venue is set to breathe new life into the Kings Cross area, a once-thriving inner-city precinct for drinking and dancing all night long. Set to swing open its doors in Spring 2020, Kings Cross Distillery will find its home at 127 Macleay Street, just a short stroll from some of the best restaurants in Potts Point.
The venue is both a cocktail bar and micro-distillery, with the spirits distilled on-site using the pot-still affectionately known as “Miss Potsy”. With a colourful history as a speakeasy and even a gambling den, the Kings Cross Distillery pays homage to this colourful history with the venue’s former vault now used to store the bar’s most prized possessions: bottles of gin.
Set to welcome up to 120 guests (once COVID-19 restrictions ease), the bar will also be dishing up an array of mezze and tapa-style dishes such as bites of baked kibbeh, vine wrapped sardines and harissa carrots. Punters will also be able to sip through the distilleries’ own premium gin, vodka and whisky. Plus, personalised spirit lockers will be available at the bar where guests can keep their own bottles and consume them in any gin concoction of their choice- be that the perfect G+T, or a gin cocktail from our cocktail list of their choosing.
While we’ll need to wait until Spring 2020 to visit King Cross Distillery, you can sample their offering beforehand with the launch of the KXG Australian Classic Dry Gin. The inaugural gin recipe is a mix of classic ‘London Dry’ gin botanicals like juniper, coriander seed and cardamom pods, with the addition of fresh Sydney organic lemons, as well as a local mix of Australian native myrtles. The resulting gin is sweet, floral and very curvy. The KXG Australian Classic Dry Gin also boasts notes of juniper, preserved lemon, grapefruit, bakers’ spices with exotic woods.
Best served with Indian tonic water and a slice of rinsed preserved lemon peel, the venue’s signature cocktail will be the Aalto Martini, featuring 60ml of the KXG Australian Classic Dry Gin, dry vermouth rinse, and a slice of preserved lemon peel.