Join Mrs Baker on a botanist’s journey to gin
Discover the herbs, orchard fruits, indigenous species and traditional botanicals used to make gin at this micro distillery nestled in the hills of the Pyrenees Ranges. You will have the chance to build on the traditional blend of botanicals and harness the scientist within and use beakers and test-tubes to blend your own gin. Which you will bottle into one of Mrs Baker’s classic apothecary bottles.
Jane from Mrs Baker’s Still House explains, “I trained as a botanist, so I am always so amazed and excited by the flavours, colours and aromas that can be extracted via distillation and then used to make beautiful gin.”
The masterclasses are bookable online. They are scheduled for selected Sundays from September through to February next year. The experience starts with exploring the gin gardens, and touring the distillery. Then you will roll up your sleeves and work with single-botanical distillations, made from numerous plants. Let Mrs Baker guide you on how to make a traditional gin, and then you’ll create your very own signature gin.
“These are small classes of four to eight people, so the participants are comfortable to explore and experiment and have fun,” says Jane. “After making the gin, the guests get to mix a gin and tonic to drink with the delicious lunch made by Skinny Sisters Café. Then bottle up 200mL of their signature gin to take home and show to their friends.”
A Botanist’s Journey to Gin at Mrs Baker’s Still House is part of new series of hands-on experiences developed by artisan producers in conjunction with Ballarat Regional Tourism. Taste, roast, dig and blend your way through a diverse series of seasonal experiences. From truffle hunting to beekeeping, find a workshop that feeds your curiosity search the Made of Ballarat website.
Mrs Baker’s Still House offers spectacular views of the Glenpatrick Valley. Guests are provided a light lunch to be enjoyed with their very own gin and tonic. The take home bundle includes: 200mL bottle of your own signature gin, a record of their gin components, a wonderfully illustrated booklet with botanical insights, and a gorgeous tussie-mussie of gin botanicals.
BOOK NOW! $180 per person + booking fee. Three hours experience with lunch provided