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September 9, 2020

Kangaroo Island Spirits offers cocktail masterclass with Sparkke

Learn the secrets of making a perfect cocktail in a new masterclass series hosted by Kangaroo Island Spirits at Sparkke at the Whitmore.

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  • Words: Lauren Thomas-Nehmy
  • Pictures: Supplied

Founded in 2006 by Jon and Sarah Lark, Kangaroo Island Spirits (KIS) has made its way from the couple’s humble KI shed to back bars across the globe, most recently at the International Wine and Spirits Competition in London.


Kangaroo Island Spirits Masterclass Series
A monthly masterclass event, kicking off Saturday 12 September
2—4pm or 6—8pm
Sparkke at the Whitmore
317 Morphett St, Adelaide 5000
More info

The award-winning South Australian distillery is offering monthly, two-hour masterclasses at the CBD brewpub Sparkke at the Whitmore starting on Saturday, 12 September.

Jon, who has stayed on with the business as a brand ambassador following its sale to Founders First, says he is looking forward to showcasing KIS in the city.

“We wanted to give those who can’t make it to Kangaroo Island the opportunity to indulge in our delicious spirits and discover ways to utilise our premium spirits in delectable drinks,” he says.

“The cocktails will be created to compliment the changing seasons and showcase the different methods you can use to create the delicious cocktails.”

September’s menu will feature the classic Negroni, a hearty apple Danish cocktail and the new toasted marshmallow Martini.

The masterclasses educate guests on the origins and methods of production and punters who want to enjoy the delicious creations at home get take-home recipes and a 10 percent discount off KIS purchases on the day.

The KIS toasted marshmallow Martini


For $98, you can enjoy complimentary nibbles with the lesson, or you can sign up for the $130 afternoon tea or the $135 supper season.

KIS Experience Manager and Brand Ambassador Rachel Pratt says the distillery is thrilled to be able to offer Adelaideans a unique experience.

“We are so excited to finally be able to bring the spirit of Kangaroo Island to the people of Adelaide in a way that will be educational, fun and delicious,” she says.

The cocktail masterclasses follow the recent announcement of the distillery’s $3 million masterplan development on Kangaroo Island, which will provide a great space to offer more educational and interactive experiences.

“We have just received planning approval from the Kangaroo Island Council and are going through the development process, we are looking to progress later in the year with the opening planned for Easter 2021,” says Mark Haysman, CEO of Founders First.

With a cocktail menu that changes monthly there’s something for everyone, and plenty of reason to go back for another round.

Further details and booking information can be found here.

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