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Have you tried G & Tea?

 You may have been thinking of the classic gin and tonic, but have you tried gin and tea yet? 

Delicious cocktail creations were the result of Hospitality students pairing gin and tea at the Mixology Masterclass with Dilmah Tea and Little Lon Gin Co. at our Melbourne campus.

Working in teams, they crafted and presented their new cocktails for judging by Dilmah CEO Dilhan C. Fernando and Little Lon Gin Co. Venue Manager/Brand Ambassador Lynden Barnes.

‘Oolong Night’ was the winner which infused the Single Estate Oolong Dilmah tea into Little Lon Miss Yoko Gin  and was created by Diploma of Hospitality Management – Angliss International Hotel School students Matthew Cohen and Komomo Watanbe.

According to the judges, this was a perfect balance of flavours and the clever name also gained points for creating something unique that consumers would want to try.

Little Lon Gin Co. distil their spirits using the finest of Australian malted barley and good old-fashioned Melbourne water.  “The acidity and sweetness were nicely balanced and the tea with the gin characters were still quite prominent. ‘Oolong Night’ was a well-presented delicious drink!” said Lynden.

With the hospitality industry in need of skilled talent, students at Angliss are given opportunities to build a breadth of skills and be work-ready for the restaurant and bar industry.

Program Leader Hospitality & Youth Learning Sophie Seeger said, “It was wonderful watching students present their cocktails, including the story behind the ingredients and the name they chose. These sessions are an integral part of exposing students to learn from industry leaders and put their classroom knowledge into practice.”

While currently  working in a bar and, with a goal of being a Food and Beverage Manager in a hotel, Matthew joined the Masterclass as he wanted to learn more about mixing different ingredients.

“I was surprised that you can pair ingredients such as tea and gin and it was a great to learn directly from those who grow the tea and distil the gin,” reflected Matthew.

Dilmah is passionate about connecting the worlds of tea and food, as demonstrated by their partnership with Angliss and the Dilmah School of Tea training facility located at the Melbourne campus.

Enrolments are currently open for the July intake. Visit Hospitality to enrol or contact us at +613 8595 5334 or

Published 12 May 2023