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Four Pillars Christmas Pudding Gin box and bottle

Celebrate Christmas with Four Pillars’ Pudding-Distilled Gin

Yes, I know it’s not Christmas yet, but that doesn’t mean we can’t look forward to the holiday season with a bottle of Four Pillars Gin. Especially if its a once a year tradition returning for its fifth festive season! Pour yourself a Christmas Gin and Tonic this year and celebrate family and friends and being together, even if only in spirit.

A tribute from their distiller Cam to the four things he loves the most: Australia, Christmas, gin and his late mum, Wilma. So do yourself a favour, and after you’re done pouring one out for Wilma, get yourself a bottle of Christmas Gin Pudding and enjoy this year’s incredible recipe.

Made every year by Wilma using the 1968 Australian Women’s Weekly recipe, she made the delicious treat on Victoria Derby Day, the Saturday before Melbourne Cup, while the rest of the family watched the races. Since Derby Day 2015, Cam and his family, joined by the families of fellow co-founders Stu Gregor and Matt Jones, cook up a batch of Wilma’s Christmas Gin Puddings and put them in the botanical basket of Wilma (our still) and distill a gin.

With COVID-19 preventing the Mackenzies, Gregors and Joneses from seeing each other for the annual tradition, this year the spirit of Wilma’s pudding transcends the nations’ closed borders with a little help from Zoom. Aged in several 100+ year-old Muscat barrels, including two 125-year-old ex-William Grants whisky barrels, the Christmas Pudding Gin is then finished with a nip of Classic Rutherglen Muscat, for a touch of richness. There’s also a splash of their own muscat too, for a bit of secret sauce we assume.

What you get when it’s all said and done is a bottle that smells and tastes like Christmas. Teaming up this year with Melbourne-born and Berlin-based artist Lucy Dyson for the label art, this year’s artwork is a reimagining of the warmth, closeness and togetherness of a traditional Christmas day and places it in a surreal Australian landscape.

Visit the Four Pillars website to make sure you get your bottle before Christmas. If it’s your first time trying this magical drink, then check out their serving suggestions below for how you can best enjoy Four Pillars Australian Christmas Gin. While it is best poured over your pudding or sipped neat, if you’re a creative cocktail shaker, then here are few drinks for you to try out.

Gin & Ginger

  • 45ml Christmas Gin
  • 2 dashes bitters
  • Ginger beer or ale
  • Lime

Add gin and bitters to a highball glass over ice, squeeze in half a lime and top with ginger beer or ale (your choice). Drop in the squeezed lime as garnish.

Big Pash

  • 30ml Christmas Gin
  • 60ml sparkling wine
  • 30ml soda water
  • 10ml sugar syrup
  • Passionfruit
  • Lime leaves

Scoop the pulp of half the passionfruit into a wine glass. Add remaining ingredients over ice and stir well. Garnish with the other passionfruit half and lime leaves.

Chrissie Negroni

  • 30ml Christmas Gin
  • 30ml sweet vermouth
  • 30ml Campari
  • Orange

Add gin, Campari and vermouth (use a rose vermouth if you can) to a short glass over ice. Stir well and garnish with a wedge of orange.


Colada Punch

  • 500ml Christmas Gin
  • 500ml coconut water
  • 250ml sparkling wine
  • 250ml pineapple juice
  • Juice of three limes
  • Pineapple
  • Lime

Mix all the ingredients in a punchbowl over ice. Garnish with pineapple and lime.

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