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Roses are red, Violets are blue, Here’s a very special cocktail, Perfect for you! (And me, and your other favourite friends!)

February 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

Whether you’re looking for something new for a belated Valentine’s Day celebration, Galentines Day or just the approaching end of summer, we know that you will enjoy and savour the taste of this glorious cocktail.

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January 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

It’s that time of year again!  

Time to wrap up the summer break but not quite the end of the season.  There’s still that final public holiday, barbeque and fireworks session to end January with a flourish.  

Let’s finish off the month in style with a glorious Oz cocktail for the occasion.  The Cotton Thief's Botanic Garden is cool, refreshing and novel.  It includes some of Australia's best native ‘flora’ flavours and it's definitely a thirst quencher!  

Thanks Dave!


The Cotton Thief’s

Botanic Garden



45ml Botanic Australis Gin

30ml Elderflower Syrup

15ml Rainforest Lime Shrub

Juice of half a lime

2 slices of cucumber

Thyme leaves

Dash of soda



  1. Muddle all ingredients (apart from soda) together.
  2. Shake with ice.
  3. Single strain into a small glass and top with soda (about 30ml).
  4. Enjoy


Interested in learning more about Australia’s indigenous plants? What can you grow yourself and where? If you’re in Sydney you can sign up for an upcoming class specifically on DIY Bush Tucker  gardening. It’s a Milkwood, ‘skills for real life’ workshop held at their site this March. Check out the info.


Tagged: Botanic Australis Gin, cocktail, Cremorne, Cucumber, Elderflower Syrup, Gin, Lime, Rainforest Lime Shrub, soda, Sydney, The Cotton Thief, Thyme