We know that gin & tonics are a simple and easy to prepare cocktail for many people, and the gin craze has been heating up over the last year all across Europe. For a while, most gins were predominantly coming from Holland, the UK and the US, but we now see gins from Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Ireland and beyond. After a recent trip to Europe we fell back in love with the gin & tonic. We were exploring and tasting through countless menus that were loaded with sometimes 15+ G & T options. This inspiration has influenced our selections, featuring various types of gins, tonic waters, botanicals, and garnishes chosen specifically to enhance each other. Now that we are back, we can't wait to share a few of our favorite combinations.
Sakura flower, Sakura leaf, Yuzu peel, Sencha tea (green tea), Gyokuro tea (refined green tea) and Sanshō pepper. Six Japanese botanicals cultivated over four seasons, the six Japanese botanicals have been carefully selected to create ROKU, Japan’s authentic craft gin. Each botanical has been harvested at the peak of its season to extract the best flavour, and distilled to fully embody the blessings of nature. The harvest of the four seasons has been blended to create ROKU’s balanced flavor.
A bottle design that reflects the aesthetics of Japan. The six natural Japanese botanicals are embossed on the hexagonal bottle that symbolizes ROKU (which means ‘six’ in Japanese). The bottle label is printed on washi paper, further highlighting Japanese craftsmanship and sentiment. The bold calligraphy running across the label emphasizes this feeling.
Japanese Gin & Tonic
2.5 oz Roku Gin
East Imperial Yuzu Tonic
Star anise pod
Ginger wheel slice
Grapefruit slice garnish
Pour the Roku gin into a Burgundy or similar wine glass, and add the botanicals. Let stand for a few minutes to bring out their aromas. Add 5 ounces of East Imperial Yuzu tonic and top with ice. Garnish with a slice of lime.
Scottish Gin & Tonic
1.5 oz Botanist Gin
Fentimans Botanical Tonic
Pour the Botanist gin into a Burgundy or similar wine glass, and add the botanicals. Let stand for a few minutes to bring out their aromas. Add 4 ounces of Fentimans Botanical tonic and top with ice. Garnish with a slice of grapefruit.
Standard Gin & Tonic
1.5 oz No. 3 Gin
Fever Tree Tonic
Pour the No. 3 gin into a Burgundy or similar wine glass, and add the botanicals. Let stand for a few minutes to bring out their aromas. Add 4 ounces of Fever Tree Indian tonic and top with ice. Garnish with a slice of orange.