Four Pillars has announced its fruity, spicy, citrusy Christmas Gin will be hitting stores again on November 3.

Distiller Cam MacKenzie was inspired by a 1968 Australian Women’s Weekly pudding recipe to create the spirit. It’s made by distilling Christmas puddings loaded with nutmeg, raisins and citrus peel, before layering botanicals over the top – juniper, cinnamon, star anise, coriander and angelica (also known as wild celery).

The gin is stored in 100-year-old muscat barrels then blended with gin that’s been aged in 125-year-old scotch-whisky barrels. For more depth, MacKenzie adds a touch of muscat at the end. The result has flavours of cinnamon, currants and citrus with dark, dry fruit characters and an aroma of pine needles. It’s dangerously easy to drink neat or over ice.

The year’s label was designed by Melbourne-based artist Stephen Baker, who is known for his vivid geometric acrylic paintings and outdoor murals. One of his well-known pieces is at Fitzroy Pool, and he’s currently redesigning a tram as part of the Melbourne International Art Festival.

The new label, Basking in the Sun, depicts a blisteringly hot Australian Christmas day. The brightly coloured work is heavy on angular, clean lines and rich with teal, peach and red hues.

Four Pillars Christmas Gin will be available from November 3. A pop-up distillery door at Myer Melbourne until December 24 offers tastings and cocktail masterclasses.

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