A beachside hotel and a craft gin distillery walk into a bar. They order cocktails. They look at each other – and an idea sparks between them. 'A partnership?' they wonder. They shake on it— And so begins a never-before-seen collaboration between two Gold Coast neighbours that would elevate their guests' experiences beyond the norm.

Introducing the perfect blend of craftsmanship and indulgence, Dorsett Gold Coast and Granddad Jacks Craft Distillery have teamed up to celebrate the unique flavour of the Gold Coast with a prestige bespoke experience. As two premium local icons unite, a new chapter of the Gold Coast's unique narrative unfolds, inviting you to be a part of a captivating tale of indulgence, taste, and discovery.

Join us as we embark on an immersive collaborative experience that pays homage to the richness, beauty, and indulgence of Australia's iconic Gold Coast with an exquisite new menu designed to inspire.

Dorsett Gold Coast signature cocktail

A Time For Firsts

Before we move on to the finer details of this Gold Coast collaboration, let’s take a second to celebrate a few firsts. In 2021, Dorsett Gold Coast made history when it became the first Dorsett Hotel to open in Australia. Combining the brand's signature commitment to elegantly sophisticated hospitality with a vibrant and contemporary Gold Coast aesthetic, the hotel quickly established itself as one of the premier premium destinations for discerning travellers.

Similarly, just a few kilometres South of us down at Miami, Granddad Jack's Craft Distillery became a trailblazer in its own right — becoming the first distillery to open its doors on the Gold Coast in 2018. Quickly gaining a reputation for producing premium, small-batch spirits and liqueurs using locally-sourced ingredients, the distillery rapidly became a multi-award-winning Gold Coast icon, snatching the top spot as Australia's #1 Gin in the hottest 100 Gins.

This coming together of two Gold Coast icons is a perfect example of how local partnerships can elevate and enhance travel experiences, creating memories that combine the best of lifestyle, leisure, and local legends. So. How exactly can you enjoy the experience yourself?

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Where The Hottest Gin Meets The Coolest Jin.

What better way to enjoy local gin, than at your local Jin? Experience indulgent sips and sample an award-winning selection of Granddad Jack’s premium spirits, with cocktails expertly crafted by a team of skilled mixologists at our chameleon cafe, Jin Café & Bar.

With each bottle telling a story that reaches back into Granddad Jack's past, rediscover our iconic Dorsett Blue cocktail, reinvigorated and reimagined using a specially selected bottle of locally distilled craft spirit. This updated version of the classic cocktail retains the signature blue hue, but now features a new and exciting flavour profile that is sure to delight the taste buds of gin enthusiasts.

Dive into a Dorsett Blue

Introducing the 'Dorsett Blue', an exquisite Gold Coast cocktail inspired by the sun-kissed beaches and sparkling blue waves of the region. This tropical masterpiece artfully combines Granddad Jack's Two Pencils gin and Mount Gay rum for a rich, complex base. A blend of pineapple, coconut, and banana oleo saccharum evokes a lush subtropical island paradise, while homemade lime cordial adds a zesty kick. Two dashes of saline solution perfectly capture the ocean's essence, resulting in a vibrant, refreshing libation that embodies the carefree spirit of the Gold Coast.

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But wait! There’s more…

Whether you're a seasoned gin aficionado or simply looking to indulge in some delicious cocktails, Jin Café & Bar is the ultimate day-to-night destination. Experience exceptional quality and the rich history of Granddad Jack's gin combined with the elegant sophistication of the Gold Coast's favourite chameleon bar and lounge for brand-new cocktails guaranteed to hit the mark.

When Icons Become Local Legends

When icons become local legends, the result is a unique and unforgettable experience that captures the heart and soul of a place. This is certainly the case with Granddad Jack's Craft Distillery and Dorsett Gold Coast, two beloved icons of the Gold Coast that have become local legends in their own right.

Experience the passion and craftsmanship that goes into each bottle of the distillery's award-winning spirits while experiencing the ultimate in comfort and class. Located within The Star Gold Coast's world-class entertainment and leisure destination, Dorsett Gold Coast is the ultimate destination to sip on a refreshing citrus drop of delight in a glass with a Seymour Street Cocktail

Sip on an alluring blend of botanicals and zest crafted for the true gin aficionado. This invigorating mix features the exceptional Granddad Jack's Greenhouse Gin, freshly squeezed lime juice, and a touch of aromatic Eucalyptus syrup. With an enchanting fusion of tongue-tingling flavours, the Seymour Street Cocktail reflects the beauty of the Gold Coast hinterland. A perfect elixir for toasting new adventures or simply savouring the moment.

So you know who Dorsett Gold Coast is. But who exactly is Granddad Jack’s? And how are they bringing their rich family history and unparalleled tastes into the walls of Dorsett Gold Coast?

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The Story Behind Grandad Jack’s

Nestled in the heart of Miami on the Gold Coast lies Granddad Jack's Craft Distillery, a family-owned and operated establishment that has taken the art of distilling to new heights. The perfect blend of tradition and innovation, this Gold Coast spirit icon is where the past meets the present in beautiful harmony.

With a legacy that spans 103 years back to the birth of David Goulding, AKA, Granddad Jack in 1919, heritage, history, and storytelling is reflected in every aspect of the distillery's operations — Granddad Jack’s is the true embodiment of uncompromising commitment to excellence.

But more than just another distillery, Granddad Jack's Craft Distillery is a testament to the enduring spirit of family and the passion for crafting something truly remarkable. It's a place where the love of the craft is evident in every smile-inducing sip, and where the beauty of tradition and innovation meet to create something truly exceptional — things that perfectly mirror the practices and beliefs of Dorsett Gold Coast.

Here are just a couple of stories behind some of their award-winning offerings.

  • Two Pencils: The name of this exceptional gin is inspired by Granddad Jack's resourcefulness and ingenuity. As a young man, he would break a full pencil into two halves, sharpen each end, and sell them for the same price as a full pencil, earning himself a penny. This was the first time he had made money, and it inspired the name of this gin. Unlike other gins that are often enhanced with citrus or sweet liqueurs, Two Pencils stays true to the traditional London Dry gin recipe.

  • 65 Miles: At just fourteen years old, Granddad Jack rode sixty-five miles every week to work at a sheep station, in order to save his family farm from the Bailiff. This incredible feat of determination and hard work is a testament to his character and spirit, and it is reflected in the bold and assertive flavours of this gin. Just like Granddad Jack's laborious bike trek, this gin is not for the faint of heart, but for those who appreciate the strength and complexity of a truly exceptional spirit.

As you sit back and enjoy the exquisite spirits from Granddad Jack's at Jin Cafe and Bar, or from the comfort of your guest room balcony, take a moment to raise a glass to the man himself. And what better drink than the Barbershop Espresso Martini?

Let us introduce you to a modern twist on a classic cocktail that will elevate your taste buds in all the right ways. This sophisticated concoction features Granddad Jack's Barbershop Coffee Liqueur, made with the finest locally sourced Aussie coffee beans. Indulge in a velvety, rich texture, and savour the harmonious blend of bold coffee notes, smooth liqueur, and a hint of aromatic freshness. Perfect for any occasion, the Barbershop Espresso Martini promises an unforgettable experience for discerning palates. Cheers to Granddad Jack’s at Dorsett Gold Coast.

A New Level Of Extraordinary

Just as Granddad Jack's succeeded in crafting sheer excellence in every bottle, Dorsett Gold Coast has raised the bar in hotel style and sophistication. Combining elegantly appointed rooms and unparalleled levels of service, and meticulous attention to detail — every aspect of the hotel has been meticulously designed to offer guests a truly unforgettable experience from the moment they arrive.

This year, we’re taking guest experiences to a whole new level by offering exquisite local flavours direct from Granddad Jack's Craft Distillery within Dorsett Gold Coast. Guests are invited to check in and explore our exclusive tasting station, where they can sample a range of premium spirits and discover the unique and complex flavours that have made Granddad Jack's a beloved Gold Coast icon.

But that's not all – we are also giving guests the chance to win a premium experience at Granddad Jack's distillery, including an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour and tasting. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see firsthand how these exceptional spirits are crafted and to learn about the distillery's commitment to sustainable and ethical production practices.

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Cheers To The Planet

Sustainability and support of local businesses are at the core of both Dorsett Gold Coast and Granddad Jack's missions to provide exceptional experiences. We see eye to eye on the importance of environmental consciousness and the love of local communities, and we've teamed up to drive this initiative even further.

From locally-sourced ingredients to being located less than 6 km from Dorsett Gold Coast, we’re showcasing how local partnerships can contribute to a more sustainable and eco-friendly future.

Being in such close proximity means fewer resources are needed for transportation, storage and packaging. And by using locally-sourced ingredients, the distillery is able to reduce the environmental impact associated with long-distance transportation and contribute to the local community — making it a win-win for everyone on the Gold Coast.

To further support our commitment to sustainability, we participate in Green Globe, a program that measures the property's impact on the environment, the community, the cultural heritage, and the local economy. Through this program, we are able to identify areas where we can improve our sustainability practices and make a positive impact on the local community.

So raise your glass to collaborative progress that celebrates the best of sustainability and social awareness both locally and internationally.

The Granddad Jack’s and Dorsett Gold Coast Experience

Sophisticated. Smooth. And where every sip tells a story. Granddad Jack’s and Dorsett Gold Coast have come together to present the ultimate symphony of flavours and sensations, with each exquisite creation a testament to the art of distilling, mixology, impeccable service and sophistication — embodying the beauty of the Gold Coast in one elevated experience.

Come and discover the ultimate experience at Dorsett Gold Coast, in partnership with Granddad Jack's Craft Distillery. This is a unique and unforgettable opportunity to indulge in the exceptional quality and artisanal craftsmanship of two beloved Gold Coast icons, each reinforcing the beauty and quality of the other.

With world-class amenities, exceptional service, and a commitment to sustainability, Dorsett Gold Coast is the ultimate choice for an unforgettable stay in one of Australia's most iconic destinations. From our premium yet playful design to exceptional service, every aspect of our accommodation has been carefully crafted to provide guests with a truly unforgettable stay.

But the experience doesn't end there – guests can now indulge in the exceptional quality and complex flavours of Granddad Jack's award-winning spirits. Together, Dorsett Gold Coast and Granddad Jack's offer the ultimate experience for travellers seeking a truly authentic taste of the Gold Coast.

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