Roku Gin, the latest Japanese gin to hit South African shores. Picture: Supplied

Roku Gin, the latest Japanese gin to hit South African shores, attributes their subtle, yet complex flavour profile to the seasons and harvesting their botanicals at the precise timing in which they blossom and bloom.  

Below are five refreshing cocktail recipes to enjoy this summer.

G&Ts with a twist

  • Roku: 30ml      
  • Tonic: 120ml
  • Ginger sticks     

 Add all ingredients and build. Serve over cubed ice in a highball glass. Garnish with ginger slices.

Roku Sonic

  • Roku: 30ml
  • Tonic water: 60ml
  • Soda water: 60ml
  • Lime garnish      

 Add ice to a highball glass and stir to chill glass. Add Roku and stir to chill the gin. Top with tonic. 

Savory Roku Negroni

  • Roku: 30ml
  • Umeshu: 15ml
  • Campari: 15ml
  • Orange twist     

 Add all ingredients and build. Serve over a large cube of ice in an Old Fashioned glass. Garnish with orange zest.

Roku Sour

  • Roku: 60ml
  • Match tea: 5g
  • Egg white: 1
  • Yuzu juice: 10ml
  • Lemon juice: 10ml
  • Simple syrup: 10ml

Add egg whites to shaker and shake to aerate. Add Roku, simple syrup and Match tea and shake. Top with some lemon juice and strain into chilled martini glass.

Prepped with precision, the brand’s perfect serve Japanese gin & tonic is created with ice and slices of fresh ginger - six, representing the traditional, seasonal botanicals that help shape the brand’s unique flavour profile - to balance the Yuzu top notes, mixed with a good quality tonic. The serving ritual and recipe is conveniently outlined on the back of the Roku Gin festive pack for ease of celebrating.

The Roku festive packs are offered at a recommended retail price of R299 in major retailers nationally; including Makro, Pick n Pay, Checkers, and selected TOPS at Spar.