Hendrick’s Gin launches Midsummer Solstice

Hendrick’s Gin celebrated the launch of Hendrick’s Midsummer Solstice by transforming Sydney’s iconic pub the Paddo Inn with a one-of-its-kind takeover and Ginger was invited along for a taste test.

The new small-batch, limited-edition gin – the first innovation in Australia since launching its flagship gin over 20 years ago – is a floral incarnation of the original Hendrick’s Gin recipe.

The takeover saw Paddo Inn renamed for the first time to Paddo (G)inn with the venue artfully transformed by local flower artist, Dr Lisa Cooper, as a tribute to the sensory powers of the Midsummer Solstice and secret selection of floral essences.

Translating the floral notes of Hendrick’s Midsummer Solstice under guidance and inspiration from Hendrick’s Master Distiller, Lesley Gracie, Cooper created an extraordinary flower installation.

Ginger took her friend Mel along as her plus one for the stunning launch party, which included quirky entertainers embodying the spirit of Hendricks, fabulous decor and delicious nibbles including miniature sausages on dollops of mash.

She had a lovely chat to the master of ceremonies, an actor who’d flown up from Melbourne to be eloquent and entertaining. He told her he usually teaches Macbeth to eight year olds, so it was quite the change of pace.

He admitted he’s found Macbeth pretty heavy going for eight year olds, so he might try A Midsummer’s Night Dream next school holidays.

Throughout the month Paddo (G)inn will feature specialty Midsummer Solstice cocktails and menu’s including the Most Unusual Lunch, a two-hour bottomless lunch.

As part of its floral celebration, Hendrick’s Gin is offering Sydneysiders the opportunity to be among the first to try the new expression with a special cocktail, designed to make the most of Sydney’s summer drinking scene, with deeply floral notes at its heart. Sydneysiders can collect a rose stem from various locations on October 5 from curious Victoriana characters frolicking the street in Surry Hills, Bondi and Paddington.

Consumers can swap their botanical bouquet for a complimentary Hendrick’s Midsummer Solstice Spritz, at participating venues including The Bucket List and The Winery, as well as Paddo (G)inn.

Dr Lisa Cooper, Hendrick’s Midsummer Solstice ambassador, said: “It would not be a Hendrick’s Gin affair without unusualness and curiosity. Following conversations with Master Distiller, Lesley Gracie around the composition of summer blooms she has distilled in this extraordinary gin, I knew I must create a spectacle, a manifestation of summer!

“It has been utterly thrilling to translate the ambience, complexity and beauty of this wonderful gin, in order for it to be seen, touched and experienced in all its exquisite, sensory glory.”

Hendrick’s Midsummer Solstice will be available for a limited time in 2019 and is available for purchase in liquor stores and bars nationally.

Ginger also ran into an old mag mate of hers on the way out. Seb was the editor of NZ Woman’s Day for many years, but is back in Oz editing NW. Lovely bloke. He obligingly took lots of selfies of Ginger and Mel. Thank you, Seb!

Ginger has voted Paddo (G)Inn the most gorgeous launch she has attended this year. A wonderful night and a delicious spirit.

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