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Gin with a slice of rainforest

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Cape Byron Distillery, the B-Corp certified distillery from Byron Bay has released a gin flavoured with rainforest botanicals carefully selected by the five winning bartenders from the 2023 reGINeration Australian cocktail competition, including Hamish Mcshane from Moonlight in Byron Bay, in collaboration with distillery co-founder Eddie Brook.

The cocktail competition and the gin were both designed to bring awareness to World Rainforest Day which was last Saturday, 22 June, something that the Brookie’s gin crew hold close to their hearts, as the distillery is located within rainforest regenerated by the Brook family from degraded grazing land on the hills above Byron Bay.

The bartenders’ prize for winning the competition was the opportunity to create their own signature gin during a bartenders’ retreat at the distillery. Some of the feature ingredients include Quandong, Native Raspberry, Native River Mint, Rosella and a touch of salt water.

This limited-edition gin was released at the start of June, and part of this initiative from the distillery, will see a rainforest tree planted for every bottle of Brookie’s Rainforest Gin sold. That’s 1,000 trees to be planted from the proceeds of this limited-edition gin, so supporting this gin collaboration will help restore the rainforest.

Eddie Brook, CEO and co-founder says, ‘Brookie’s creates world-class spirits and world-class drink experiences that capture the flavours of our rainforest and region. We have crafted our Brookie’s Rainforest Gin in collaboration with five expert bartenders to make a limited edition dry style of Brookie’s gin with a purpose. Ideal for sipping a martini or shaken up in a south side’.

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