The term ‘Dog Days’ refers to the hottest and most humid days of the year. If you’ve ever spent any time in Far North Queensland, you’ll know this refers to most days! Bec and Doug wanted to create a bright, fresh gin that was perfect to beat the heat and humidity.
Whole oranges, juniper berries and cardamom are macerated in their boiler for 24 hours, then the gin basket is packed full of macadamia nuts, angelica root, cardamom, black pepper, orange flesh and peel, lime flesh and peel, finger limes and lemon aspen. These botanicals, many sourced locally, pack a real citrus punch that is perfect on a hot summer’s day, while the smooth mouthfeel and lingering oils make it equally as lovely to sip on during the cooler months.
Although it only took the duo four attempts to hit the mark creating a sample recipe that they loved, it was more of a challenge to scale the recipe to suit Yvonne. The time spent scaling, tweaking and perfecting the recipe has clearly paid off; Bec and Doug have since collected some of the world’s most coveted awards for their Dog Days Gin. In 2022 they took home Double Gold from the San Francisco World Spirits Competition and Silver from the London Spirits Competition. Dog Days makes a cracking G&T when paired with Fever-Tree Mediterranean Tonic and a slice of orange, and it’s especially delicious when served alongside Sweet Potato and Goat’s Cheese Bruschetta on a balmy evening.