Small local distilleries are the new black for Australian drinkers. A decade ago, there was just a handful or two of Australian distillers dipping their toe into spirit territory. Now that number is in the hundreds.
Run your eye across the cocktail list at Windsor’s Galah and it’s obvious they’re on board the local craft spirit train. The names – Out Back Sheila, Bleeding Lime Larrikin, Snugglepot’s Honey Pie – are certainly hefty with Aussie-nostalgic humour. This might be a cause for concern in a setting that wasn’t a high-ceilinged former industrial space in Windsor. But Galah is as committed to its Australian focus as it is to its modish style.
The Out Back Sheila, for example, is an excellent take on a margarita. Made with Tromba tequila (from Mexico but with Australian partners) and lemon myrtle, its half-salted rim joined by a scatter of dried saltbush.
There’s a similar sense of clever balance with the Bleeding Lime Larrikin, Galah’s take on a sour that shakes West Winds gin, lemon juice, lemon aspen and an egg white together and garnishes it with native blood lime.
Galah’s food menu is less Australian-focused – a wattleseed-rubbed kangaroo loin shares space with chicken wings doused in California hot sauce – but it’s ideal snacking food.
Ten years ago a bar specialising in Australian spirits would have been a gimmick. Now it seems like an integral part of the scene.
- Galah, 216 High Street, Windsor
- 9521 5325