We always heard that mixing alcohols was bad and could lead to making bad decisions and terrible hangovers. But there are always exceptions to a rule and this new hybrid booze is one. Meet Bloody Shiraz Gin - it’s Yarra Valley Shiraz grapes paired with Rare Dry Gin, for better or for worse.
Australian craft gin company Four Pillars created the concoction as their answer to Sloe Gin and it’s better for us because it’s all natural and has between 60 and 70% less sugar. Plus, it’s a deep cerise color with a vibrant pink hue, so it makes a perfect Insta-drink.
Distiller Cam Mackenzie says they picked some Shiraz grapes early to get the raspberry flavors, and picked some late for their plum and dark cherry taste. He explains it’s the “best we’ve made so far” adding that it’s the “new benchmark for the style and after four years we think we’ve got it bang on.”
So how are you supposed to drink it? Keep it simple with a splash of soda, tonic, or bitter lemon on the rocks, or get fancy with a “Bloody Jasmine” which is equal parts Bloody Shiraz, lemon juice, Campari, and Cointreau, mixed with a good bit of soda water. Cheers to that!