Miss Japan? Well, here are four Roku Gin cocktails that will help numb the pain, until we can all start travelling again.

When it comes to gin, it goes without saying that everyone has their respective favourites. Essentially it is a clear, distilled spirit made with different botanicals. This consists of juniper, flowers, and fresh and dried fruit. For Roku Gin, its focus lies predominantly in using the specific botanicals native to the country.

What’s In A Number

In Japanese, Roku translates to the number six. Inside each bottle, you will find six special botanicals that are sourced from the best growing areas in Japan. Most significantly, the gin is made by the seasons of Japan, with ingredients harvested at their peak.

Made with six specific Japanese botanicals

According to parent company Suntory, every aspect of Roku Gin is crafted by Japanese artisans with centuries-old tradition and a meticulous attention to detail. As such it takes a year just to gather all the ingredients at their peak time or as the Japanese say in their ‘shun’ (the peak of seasonal Japanese ingredients).

Inside every bottle of Roku Gin features the very best ‘shun’, which are harvested, infused, and distilled. This includes the Sakura leaf and flower handpicked in spring and Sencha and Gyukoru teas in summer. In autumn, the Sansho pepper and finally in winter, the Yuzu fruit.

Suntory’s mastery of this process is the result of extensive experience gained over decades making gin. The brand created its own multiple distillation process focusing specifically on what each botanical brings to the gin’s perfectly balanced mix.

Cocktails Inspired By the Seasons

As Roku Gin is made with, and by, the seasons of Japan, it’s only natural that we celebrate the nature and seasons of the country. These Roku Gin cocktails are not just easy to make but they also provide a taste of Japan, one that some of us so desperately miss.

DIY roku gin cocktails
DIY Roku Gin cocktails you can make at home
Sakura Spring Highball

Spring celebrates beginnings, the potential and blossoming of life. The Sakura flower delivers a subtle flowery aroma with its leaves adding a hint of rich and elegant flavours.

Ingredients
Roku 35ml
Briottet Rhubarb Liqueur 25ml
Hibiscus Tonic 90ml

Method 
Build in a highball glass, garnish with fresh rhubarb and a small flower.

Roku Sonic

Summer brings the sweetness and bliss of life. This is accentuated with Sencha tea providing refreshing notes with slight bitterness. The Gyokuro tea adds a gentle and sweet aroma of matcha, with lots of welcome ‘umami’.

Ingredients
Roku 30ml
Premium Tonic 30ml
Soda 30ml

Method
Add ice to a highball glass and stir to chill glass. Add Roku and stir to chill the gin. Top with premium tonic and soda. Garnish with lime zest.

The Golden Hour

Autumn celebrates the harvest of life. Sansho Pepper embodies this ideology with a highly refreshing lemongrass aroma that adds a spicy kick to the tongue.

Ingredients
Roku 40ml
Lillet Blanc 10ml
Umeshu 10ml
Grand Marnier 10ml

Method
Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Strain into a chilled glass martini glass and garnish with orange peel.

Roku Sour

Winter is a time of celebrating purification. The Yuzu fruit is strongly associated with this season, bringing with it a richer and deeper citrus aroma than lemon.

Ingredients
Roku 60ml
Matcha tea 10ml
Egg White 1 egg

Method
Add egg white to shaker and shake to aerate. Add Roku and matcha tea and shake. Strain into chilled martini glass. Garnish with Yuzu wheel.

(Images: Roku)

written by.
Richard Augustin
Former chef turned writer; Richard has tip-toed around the publishing industry for two decades. When not busy chasing deadlines, you can still find him experimenting with recipes in the kitchen.

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