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By Marnie Vinall
December 11, 2018
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By Marnie Vinall
December 11, 2018
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Is there any better way to spend summer than with an ice-cold gin cocktail in hand? The folks at Auburn Hotel certainly don't think so — and they've transformed the beer garden into a botanical oasis to prove it.

Grab a friend or loved one and pop down to the bustling pub in the heart of Hawthorn to treat yourself to a GinBrella package ($110). Packages are designed for two — but additional guests (up to four guests) can be accommodated for an additional $55 per person. As you kick back and relax on your very own daybed, you'll be served all the goods necessary for a luxe summer afternoon: two Hendrick's cocktails (or a jug to share) and a decadent seafood platter featuring mini crab tarts, oyster yuzu and gin shots, swordfish skewers and more. And for dessert, there's a gin sorbet or gin and blueberry ice cream to choose from.

If you're not up for the package, you can still beat the heat with the range of gin cocktails and gin-infused snacks on offer — the Hendrick's Gin popsicle ($6) is a must in this department. The Botanical Garden is open every day until the end of February, giving you plenty of time to plan that gin-soaked session in the sun.

Bookings are essential and can be made through the website.

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