Fortune Distillery Bartender Competition-Let The Adventure Begin!

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With the launch of Noosa’s first distillery ‘Fortune’ comes the excitement of a new adventure – particularly for local bartenders keen to add their own twist to a locally-crafted gin. IN Noosa profiles the five finalists and their crafty cocktails.


El Capitano: Shane Webb

One Pine Day

ONE PINE DAY cocktail-


30ml Fortune Gin
20ml Cocchi Americano (or a sweet Italian vermouth/aperitif wine)
25ml Berry Syrup with lemon myrtle (macerated lemon myrtle with forest fruits (blackberry, blueberry, raspberry) soaked overnight; clarify and strain with muslin cloth)
15 ml Fresh Lime Juice
Few drops Balsamic Vinegar
Leaves from Pine Tree



muddle ginger; add the ingredients, shake with ice; strain and smoke with local pine tree leaves.

Pour. Enjoy.

Judges Comment

Shane really put a lot of effort into presentation with berries sitting on pine needles and was consistent with the Italian food theme of his outlet with a play on the classic Italian dessert of strawberries and balsamic.

Lots of techniques involved in the prep with deft use of a smoker being a real attention grabber for this raspberry coloured delight.

Palate-wise, the cocktail rode a fine balance between the sweetness of the berry fruits and the sour/acid edge of those same fruits. The pine smoke very subtle, evident but not dominating.

Very easy to drink, just as easy to order another. Not hard to see why this got the gong.


Riviera Lounge At Sofitel Noosa: Ashleigh Woodman

Let the Adventure Be Gin

Let the Adventure Be Gin-katja anton PhotographyIngredients

45ml Fortune Gin
10ml Cointreau
10ml Frangelico
45ml Pink Grapefruit
15ml syrup (green tea, cocoa husks, hazelnut praline, activated charcoal to taste. Stew for 15-20 mins and then strain)
30ml Egg white


Dry shake, wet shake fairy floss to embellish

Judges comment

Visually appealing with a thick layer of egg white foam sitting atop the charcoal coloured concoction and a generous fluffy pillow of Persian fairy floss to garnish.

Green tea, one of the botanicals in Fortune Gin, was replicated in the infusion and whilst the aromatics were very sweet, with the confected aromas of the fairy floss sitting right under your nose as the glass was put to one’s lips, the palate ran a fine line between the sweetness of vanilla balanced by the savoury, slightly tannic edge delivered by the green tea.

The thick egg white foam provided a stunning textural element to drink through.

One to enjoy at the back end of the night.


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Sum Yung Guys: Sean Duncan



50ml Fortune Gin
10ml Galangal-infused vermouth
50ml Fresh Pineapple Juice
10ml lime juice
Good handful Thai basil
Splash of sugar syrup
Dehydrated chilli spice mix


Dry shake (no ice) to make the pineapple froth and then shake with ice. Fine strain into a chilli-rimmed glass.

Serve with Pineapple Candy, spiced and non-spiced. Make by using the juice pulp spread onto baking paper and placed in a dehydrator (or oven on low temperature until dried). Add chilli spice to one

Judges comment

Very on message with the theme of his outlet this salty, sour and savoury drink stimulated and left me salivating.

Showcasing all the flavour elements of a south-east Asian dish the chilli-dusting of the glass really made this drink come alive, the heat of the dusting drawing out greater intensity in the flavours of the drink.

Take a seat at Sunshine Beach’s must-do restaurant and order one of these straight up before you even contemplate the menu.

It will get you straight into the theme of Sum Yung Guys, edgy, quirky and all things south-east Asian.


Light Years – Gayan Jayawardena

The Nautilus

Light Years cocktail katja anton PhotographyIngredients

40ml Fortune Gin
20ml Fortune Vodka
15ml seaweed-infused Pedro Ximezez
15ml seaweed-infused Lilet blanc
Dash Orange Bitters
Dash Peychaud’s Bitters


Mix together in cold jug; add ice and stir. Spray glasses with seaweed-infused Fino Sherry. Pour drink into glass and finish with green olive.

Judges comment

Gayan’s effort stood out for its sophistication and nod to tradition, being an homage to the martini.

Again, inventive techniques utilising the sous vide with measured infusions of seaweed in both PX sherry and Lillet Blanc were well-balanced.

The sherry and Lillet, both being fortified wines, a substitute for vermouth in the classic martini.

The flavour of the gin was allowed to shine in this very adult cocktail, think late night smoky jazz clubs of yesteryear. Sicilian olive garnish and spray of fino mist ….delicious.

Very potent and as the old saying goes:

‘One I am anybody’s, two I am everybody’s, three I am no good to anyone else!’


Mr Drifter – Charlie Harrison

The Drifter’s Fortune

mr drifter cocktail-katja anton PhotographyIngredients

30ml Fortune Gin
30ml Umashu (Japanese Plum Wine)
30ml Fresh Tahitian Lime juice
30ml Berry compote meringue foam
2ml Fortune Gin aromatic bitters, atomised


shake with ice; strain and pour and finish with Fortune Bitters Spray (gin and romantic bitters in a spray bottle) and Star Anise.

Judges comment

Visually appealing with a lime coloured base topped with a pink-tinged foam.

Drinking through the foam adds a lovely textural element with the plum spirit creating a sour/dry flavour profile with a persistent acid finish. A spray of aromatic bitters adds to the aromatic complexity.

One to enjoy early in the evening and get the tastebuds tuned.


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About the Author /

Deb has 25+ years' experience providing strategic communications and brand reputation advice to clients in the government, business and not-for-profit clients. She is passionate about Noosa and is an active member of her community, providing PR to Slow Food Noosa and other clients. Her passion lies in working with small businesses to help them succeed. She is planning to release the Tastes of Noosa cookbook with Matt Golinski in 2019.

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