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the pollen.

Posted by Noah Ward on

Kakadu Plums are one of those indigenous ingredients that's name is thrown around quite often but you rarely see it in your every day - but its nutritional benefit is beyond belief. It's why most of Kakadu Plums production ends up in the health food industry in freeze-dried powder form, intensely rich in fibre and iron but it's staggering Vitamin C content - the most loaded content of any fruit in the world - is 100 times the level of your average orange. 

Funnily enough, that came out in the distillery while crafting Kakadu Plum Gin, as our distiller Jake remarked that mid-distillation, the distillery had an air of nostalgia, with the room smelling similar to Nature's Way Vitamin C lollies he had as a kid! While (thankfully) the aroma and flavour didn't end up in the final spirit, with Kadadu Plum Gin having this unique tea-like but fruity aroma, which was then amplified with the distillation of local Adelaide Hills pears and native Australian Anise Myrtle. 

What was born was a wondrously aromatic gin with a beautiful structure of sweet spices, built for a more delicate style of cocktail, which led to the pollen. The tea-like qualities were highlighted with a sweetened green tea, alongside the sweetness and spice of our experimental Økar Gold, and the richness of a touch of vanilla. Add some lime juice and a little pear and the resultant drink is a finely crafted sipper, definitely worth settling in and spending a little time with...

applewood pollen.
50ml kakadu plum gin
3 pear slices
10ml økar gold
20ml lime
20ml green tea syrup
3 drops vanilla extract
muddle pear in a cocktail shaker. shake all ingredients. double strain into a chilled coupe. garnish with smoked geraldton wax.

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