If you like Piña Colada… you’ll love a Gin-a-Colada

In working on this year’s massive Christmas Gift Guide we’ve often had to take a break from all the writing and picture-editing to sneak in a sip of quality bevvy that has come our way.

One standout is the new gin by Manly Spirits Co. called ‘The Beaches’.

This limited edition release from the coastal-based artisan distillery is nothing short of superb, containing no less than 12 botanicals – most of them of a tropical bent.

See if you can taste the Coconut, Mango, Pineapple, Banana, Blood Orange, Lime, Juniper… just some of the ingredients infused in the gin base for a good 24 hours. The full fermentation process actually takes five days of infusing to extract all oily aromatics from the coconut, fattiness from the banana, and so on.

What results is a delicious drop that sees all of the above flavours and more bouncing around the tongue.

This particular gin makes for a clever ingredient for poolside cocktails. If you like Piña Colada… you’ll love a Gin-a-Colada. Simply blend 50ml of ‘The Beaches’ gin in with 30ml of pineapple juice and 30ml of coconut cream; shake with ice, then strain into a tall glass. Garnish with a slice of pineapple and you’ll be humming Rupert Holmes’ ‘Escape’ song in no time.

Antonino Tati


RRP: $95.00, 700ml, 40% alc/vol.

And by the way, The Beaches gin is the gift that keeps on giving, with Manly Spirits Co. donating $5 from every bottle sold to the Australian Marine Conservation Society.

STOCKISTS: Available from quality liquor outlets and through

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