Hello and welcome to The Ginstress, I’m Elly and I’m here to show you all the things to love about gin.

I love gin. I mean, I really love gin. Gin and tonics, martinis, gin cocktails, all of it. Some people say gin makes them sad; well I’m built the other way. Gin is my happy place. From my first gin and tonic to my last dry martini, gin has been my drink of choice.

I started The Ginstress in April 2012 because I wanted to know more about gin, and the more I learnt the more excited I got. Beyond its delicious flavour gin, has a fascinating history, and the basic sciences of making the tasty drop delight me.

Over the years I have met wonderful distillers, sampled incredible gins and learnt so much from so many people and my own research. But the real purpose of The Ginstress to show you all the ways you can love gin. I give advice and suggestions, but it’s all to empower you to drink gin the way you love it, because no one will enjoy it exactly the same way you do. And there is no right way, as long as you are having a good time!

Speaking of good times, I host a range of delightfully fun gin events at parties, bars and corporate events. You can find all the details here and we can share a gin real soon!


A great place to start reading The Ginstress is the Making Gin category and A Brief History of Gin to get your head in the game. Then cruise on into Gin Reviews, my take on the gins from all over the world, or if cocktails are more your style head straight to Gin Cocktails.


I live in Sydney with my husband AB and our numerous cats. One of them is called Gin, but AB called her that long before he met me. How could I not fall in love with a man who named his cat Gin?


I did not start The Ginstress with the intention of being sent gin samples or being invited to parties, however over the years this has started to happen. I am enormously grateful to all the kind people who have supported The Ginstress in various ways. I am fully committed to proper disclosure and you can read my policy on this here.

If you have any questions about gin, tweet me. I love a chat about all things gin! @theginstress