Message in a Bottle

By Adam J Dow


The name, ‘Message in a Bottle’, connotes the messages portrayed in the cocktail. The garnish of a bottle on the side would ideally be given to customers with a pen and a blank piece of paper, to mimic the actions of doomed sailors many years ago (I went and retrieved mine, these beaches are too beautiful to pollute!).

The cocktail can just as easily be served in a coupette/martini style glass, but I found a pewter wine cup at my grandparents which captured the history and method behind the drink.

  • 60ml The Botanist Gin
  • 30ml lime juice
  • 15ml eucalyptus syrup
  • 5ml seawater
  • Green Fairy Absinthe rinse (heavy rinse)
  • Message in a bottle for garnish.

Pick eucalyptus leaves (readily available from anywhere between the south coast of NSW and around the Gold Coast in Queensland) early in the morning, when their natural oils are at their highest.

Mix sugar and water (2:1) and bring to boil. Let simmer for one minute, add eucalyptus leaves (I used 25-30 good sized leaves), and let liquidise. Add more sugar or water to get desired, thick syrup texture. Bottle, let cool, and refrigerate.

Seawater available anywhere near the coast of Australia. Use a filter to remove any sediment (sand, debris etc). I sourced my seawater from Kurnell Point, but making homemade saltwater would also suffice.

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