A cocktail recipe you’ll fall in love with this Valentine’s Day


ROKU Japanese Gin is a handcrafted gin made with six distinct Japanese botanicals. These high-quality botanicals, harvested from Japan’s best growing areas each season, include sencha and gyokuro teas for summer, as well as the sakura (cherry blossom) flower and leaf for spring. Sansho pepper, which represents the winter botanical, adds a unique taste to the harmonious flavours of Roku, as does the peel of yuzu fruit, which finishes the harmonious flavours.

The six botanicals are distilled using a variety of different pot stills, chosen to ensure the best flavour is extracted from each botanical. As a result, the gin is complex yet agreeable, with a smooth and silky texture.

Roku can also be served on the rocks or a classic gin and tonic served with ice and ginger slices to complement the refreshing and citrus top notes of yuzu. Celebrating the day of love with your koibito (Japanese for sweetheart, or lover)? Why not make it extra special with a fun and flirty drink inspired by Japanese artisans. Think pink – the colour of love and desire – with Roku’s Sakura Shower, which is easy to make and will leave your koibito impressed. 


Roku 50ml

White Vermouth 25ml

Absinthe 10ml

Angostura bitters 1 dash

Method: Combine all ingredients together and shake well. 

Roku Japanese Gin is available at a recommended retail price of R380 in major retailers nationally; Makro, Pick n Pay, Checkers, and selected TOPS at Spar.  You can also order online through Takealot, Norman Goodfellows and others. For more information, click here.

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