One of Time Out Sydney’s most anticipated shows at Sydney Festival combines several of our favourite things: booze, cabaret, comedy and music – from Nina Simone to Billy Joel to Amy Winehouse. It’s called Mother’s Ruin, and it’s the brainchild of gin blogger Elly Baxter (aka the Ginstress) and Maeve Marsden and Libby Wood of comedy cabaret troupe Lady Sings it Better.

To whet your appetite, here are four songs featured in Mother’s Ruin, matched by Elly with gin cocktails. Warning: gin is not called “mother’s ruin” for nothing… read more.


The history of gin

Gin is often associated with feelings of sadness, but for publicist and writer Elly Michelle Clough, gin is her happy place, so much so that she has a blog devoted to it called The Ginstress… listen here.


Australia’s gin revolution led by boutique distilleries

It’s time to charge your glasses because 14 June is World Gin Day. And though here in the wintery southern hemisphere it’s hardly prime gin-drinking weather, we should celebrate the fact that we’re drinking – and producing – some of the best gin in the world… read more.


The Bluffers’ Guide to Gin

Not since the abolition era has gin been so hot. No longer the drink of grannies or sticky-floored nightclubs that drown it in postmix, gin has enjoyed a significant resurgence in the past five years. Elly Michelle Clough from gin blog The Ginstress takes us through everything we need to know about the singular spirit… read more.

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