The secret to The West Winds story is buried within our name. The wind and the waves are at the heart of everything we do, because we honour the ocean breezes that brought sailors and explorers across the Indian Ocean to the West Coast of Australia.
Our journey set sail in 2010, when we threw caution to the winds and embarked to create a range of gins to rival the best in the world. Our first gins, The Cutlass and The Sabre and more recently, The Broadside, have all been awarded Australia’s Champion Gin while the Cutlass and The Broadside have also been proclaimed Champion Gin in international competitions.
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The Cutlass is our rare find. As our New World Gin, its special blend combines traditional Juniper with some unique Australian treasures such as Cinnamon Myrtle and Native Bush Tomato. Enjoy your bounty and take this secret to your grave.
The Cutlass is a gin for seasoned adventurers who are familiar with the wild intricacies and vast possibilities of finely crafted gin.
This is a twist on the classic ‘Negroni’ from Founder Jason Chan — it really highlights the vegetal aspects of The Cutlass.
Note that The Cutlass also makes an amazing G&T with a thin slice of green capsicum as a garnish!
Measure 30ml The West Winds Gin - The Cutlass, 30ml Campari and 30ml Cynar into a mixing glass.
Add ice to your mixing glass and trim off a twist of grapefruit ready for garnish.
Add ice and stir down to an appropriate dilution.
Pour The Man Friday into your glass and top with ice.
Garnish and enjoy!
Originally designed to stave off scurvy, we’ve made our own twist on the Gimlet.
Add 50ml The West Winds Gin – The Cutlass, 20ml lime juice.
Add a heaped barspoon of Roses Lime Marmalade.
Add 3 basil leaves to the cocktail shaker.
Add ice and shake that cocktail like ship’s bell at morning’s watch.
Double strain into a rocks glass.
Garnish with a basil leaf and enjoy.
We present you the boldest of our fleet,
The Broadside – our Navy Strength Gin, made to honour the most brazen, aggressive and fearless of naval war tactics. Its firepower comes from the delicious Sea Parsley seasoned with Margaret River sea salt.
Back in the day, gin was often stored below deck with the gunpowder and we know that when all guns are blazing, it’s hard not to spill some here and there. So, we crafted The Broadside at 58% to keep our crew’s spirits up, and even if a little is spilled on our gunpowder, our guns will still fire.
The stiffest of drinks for the saltiest of dogs.
Note that the Broadside also makes an amazing G&T with a slice of pink grapefruit as a garnish!
Measure 60ml The West Winds Gin: The Broadside with 10ml Dry Vermouth and 10ml olive brine (more or less depending on your taste) into your mixing glass.
Prepare a set of three Sicilian olives for your garnish.
Stir your Martini to bring it down to appropriate dilution, it’s your call.
Strain your Dirty Martini into a chilled cocktail glass. Add garnish and you’re ready to set sail. Experiment with different Martini variations.
THE LONDON CALLING
A bold modern classic for the refined sailor. The briny, salty flavours of the Broadside are accentuated by the dry sweetness of the Fino Sherry.
Measure 40ml The West Winds Broadside, 15ml lemon juice, 15ml sugar syrup , 15ml Fino Sherry and 2 dashes of orange bitters into a shaker.
Add ice to your shaker.
Shake like a delicate breeze.
Double strain your London Calling into a coupette.
Garnish and enjoy!
The Sabre is our weapon of choice to conquer new flavours and pleasures. Our style of London Dry Gin is a citrus collision combining native Australian botanicals, like the exotic Lemon Myrtle and Wattleseed, to perfectly blend with Juniper.
The Sabre is the perfect gin for explorers looking for a new world appreciation of finely crafted gin.
You can’t sail past a classic G&T. The Sabre tastes scurvalicious with a zesty slice of lemon to garnish.
Pour a healthy measure (30ml-ish) of The Sabre into your glass.
Now add 5 measures of tonic to your glass
Add your ice and chill it down
Garnish with the zesty slice of lemon.
A floral classic from a Philadelphia men’s club of the same name
Measure 50ml The West Winds Sabre, 30ml fresh lemon juice, 15ml of raspberry syrup and 10ml of egg whites into a shaker.
Add two cubes of ice and ‘dry shake’ to emulsify the egg whites. After you’ve done this, fill the rest of the shaker with ice.
Give the drink another rock and roll to dilute the beverage down.
Double strain The Clover Club into your pre-chilled cocktail glass. This prevents the tiny shards of ice landing in the drink.
Garnish and serve.
Brendan, one of our knowledgeable crew, likes to make a little Aussie twist on this bad boy using a home-made syrup of strawberry gum and bush tea.