Bartenders of Anther – Meet Nicole! 

Sep 6, 2021 | News

Anther is a big gin fam – Nicole is our bar, events, and functions manager and we’re excited to introduce her to you! Nicole has been in hospitality for 22 years, bartending for over two decades. She moved to Geelong about six years ago, and this is her first gig working at a distillery. “It’s all been very different,” she says. “Every day brings an opportunity to learn something new and I love the challenge of that!” 

In and around Anther, Nicole designs the fabulous cocktail list, working closely with the team to make events you, me, and everyone else loves to attend! Everyone pitches in at Anther, so you might see different distillers and bartenders at Front of House, production, and sales too! 

It’s a different gin-game at Anther, with the Anther Distillery and events side of things affording her more varied and challenging opportunities. “I’ve had the opportunity to learn about production, which has been amazing!” she says. “Also, we are a very small team and I think that it’s different in that we are very supported to be creative and constantly try new things.” 

The Tough Questions 

No pressure or anything Nicole – but what’s your favourite Anther gin? (There’s no wrong answer, of course!) 

Anther Charismatica Gin, I love the complexity of it in cocktails, but it’s great neat as an after-dinner drink,” she says. A sage choice Nicole. Here’s a simple and delicious cocktail to make with Anther Charismatica Gin – perfect for warmer times of the year!

45 ml Anther Charismatica Gin 
30 ml fresh lime juice 
10 ml sugar syrup 
10 ml Violet Liqueur  
Topped up with Fever Tree Light Indian Tonic 

Behind the bar, Nicole likes to liven things up while paying homage to the classics. So, what could her favourite cocktail be? “I love playing with flavour and seeing what other people are coming up with, so I do have different favourites at different times, but I always come back to a gin-based Martini.” Purchase our Anther Cocktail Trio here to try Nicole’s Martini recipe! 

With Anther dropping hot new releases and organising events (fingers crossed), her future is so bright she might have to wear shades. So, what’s on the top of her list for exciting events in 2021? “We have so many new releases and events coming up this year, I can’t pick one!” Funny that, neither can we! 

David Hyde Photography 2020