Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria collaborates with The Curious Cabinet to raise funds for ongoing projects and research.

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The Curious Cabinet, a Geelong based, female owned, small-business specialising in small-batch alcohol-free syrups, is excited to announce a new collaboration with Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria. Transforming The Curious Cabinet’s award-winning cocktail and mocktail syrups with botanicals foraged from Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, this collaboration will raise money towards the continued conservation, research and projects undertaken by the gardens.

The syrups being launched are created using fruit infused with botanicals thoughtfully foraged from the gardens. The two new products are:

  • Pink Grapefruit Shrub Syrup with Rosemary (Salvia rosmariunus) and Lemon Myrtle (Backhousia citriodora)
  • Boysenberry Shrub Syrup with Bay Laurel (Laurus nobilis). Note: The Bay Laurel tree that these leaves were harvested from is one of the original plantings by William Guilfoyle, acknowledged as the architect of Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne.

The Curious Cabinet’s popular Shrub Syrups are based on an old-world recipe combining the flavours of fruit, apple-cider vinegar, and sugar. Originally used as a way of preserving fruit, (prior to refrigeration) Shrub Syrups have become a popular ingredient in bars across the world as a delicious and intriguing cocktail and mocktail ingredient.

The new Botanic Gardens series can be enjoyed in a range of recipes, from simply mixed with soda water for an enjoyable alcohol-free drink, or shaken up in a cocktail.

They also taste great with gin, and in particular Anther Distillery’s Florescence Gin – another exciting Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria collaboration.

The collaboration between The Curious Cabinet and Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria champions a shared value of engaging the community in sustainability and conservation.

Having recently won a Bronze Medal in the 2023 Clean and Conscious Awards for best low-waste food product, The Curious Cabinet strongly centres sustainability within the philosophy of their small business.

Pia Cook, Director and Founder of The Curious Cabinet, comments that “Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria is a world-leader in botanical, horticultural and conservation research and we’re thrilled to be contributing – in our own, small way – to the amazing work they do. I am still pinching myself that we have been invited to collaborate on this new range.”

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria’s collaborations are an established way of raising funds and further engaging the community and increasing awareness of the work they do. These collaborations assist in achieving their mission to safeguard plants for the wellbeing of people and the planet toward a vision where all life is sustained and enriched by plants.

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