Ori-GIN Story: The Garden in Your Glass


This Melbourne Food and Wine Festival you’re invited to dive deep into flavour at the Gardens.

In a night of sensory discovery, journey through Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne at dusk, sip on luxurious drinks and hear from three experts in distilling and botanicals.

Be guided by Anther’s chief Distiller, Dr Derv McGowan, creator/founder of Curious Cabinet, Pia Cook, and one of our horticulturalists, Jenni Bell.

Explore unique botanical collaborations whilst enjoying the fruits of their labour; Anther’s Florescence gin and Curious Cabinet’s non-alcoholic syrups and elixirs. Learn how ingredients such as the native lemon myrtle and the bay laurel found their way into these inspired drinks.

Ticket price includes:

  • An intimate guided tour of the edible plants in Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne, with plant and drink making experts.
  • 2 x cocktails or mocktails featuring high quality Florescence gin and Curious Cabinet cordials.
  • Delicious assorted canapes by The Terrace.

Presented by Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria in partnership with Melbourne Food and Wine Festival.



Informed by science, born from history, and captivated by the enduring soul of bartending, Anther Spirits is curiosity, bottled. Selecting the finest botanicals and perfecting an ever-evolving distilling process, Anther Distillery produces unique flavours that you’ll fall in love with time and time again.

Anther Spirits began in 2016 as a tiny start up by Dervilla McGowan and Sebastian Reaburn. The duo hold a cumulative 45+ years in the Australian and world wide hospitality industry. Dervilla has a PhD in Microbiology, and cocktail maker extraordinaire Sebastian’s industry knowledge has led them to create nationally and internationally award winning spirits.


When Pia, our Founder, was pregnant, it was the festive season, and she was sick of missing out on festive cocktails! She discovered the intriguing world of Shrub syrups through an article in a magazine, and decided to try making them herself. She was hooked. The traditional, colonial recipe combines the sweetness of fruit and sugar, and the tartness of apple cider vinegar. She found it irresistible.

A love affair began, and in 2019 The Curious Cabinet entered the world. Now, with 16 different products in our range, we’re thrilled to be stocked by over 100 businesses nationally.

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