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.
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.
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.
Briottet Rhubarb Liqueur 25ml
Hibiscus Tonic 90ml
Build in a highball glass, garnish with fresh rhubarb and a small flower.
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’.
Premium Tonic 30ml
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.
Lillet Blanc 10ml
Grand Marnier 10ml
Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Strain into a chilled glass martini glass and garnish with orange peel.
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.
Matcha tea 10ml
Egg White 1 egg
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.