Hendrick's gin and tonic rose and cucumber. Pic by Tim Moolman.

AS WE start Annus Ginibilis (our name for 2018), let’s venture forth into the unknown and explore the hidden treasures lying undiscovered within gin cocktails.

All gins contain botanical infusions to achieve their unique flavour signature, and all things botanical remain monumentally popular this year. 

Hendrick’s Gin, notable for its use of cucumber and rose petals, invites all budding enthusiasts to explore and take inspiration in stirring up their own tipple. 

Shaun Stemmett, South African Brand Manager for Hendrick’s Gin, says: “Hendrick’s Gin’s wondrous botanical signature proudly comprises of a range of botanicals from all over the world. The 11 botanicals include flowers, roots, fruits, and seeds, and they all uniquely function to complement, and raise the bar for our delicious gin. This year, we will be dedicating a month to the discovery of each of our botanicals: Juniper, Yarrow, Elderflower, Orange Peel, Angelica Root, Caraway, Chamomile, Coriander, Cubeb Berry, Orris Root, and Lemon.” 

"This January, we tip our hat to the original Hendrick’s Gin tipple – the Hendrick’s Gin and Tonic served with slices of cucumber and garnished with red rose petals," he adds. 

Hendrick's gin and tonic rose and cucumber. Pic by Tim Moolman.

Hendrick's gin and tonic rose and cucumber intense

The character of this cocktail is floral, fresh, bittersweet and fizzy.


50 ml Hendrick's Gin

150 ml Fitch & Leedes Sparkling Rose & Cucumber Tonic Water

3 Thinly slices rounds of cucumber

3 Red Rose petals (rinsed)


Fill a highball glass with good cubed ice. 

Combine all ingredients and give a gentle stir. 

Garnish with 3 thinly sliced rounds of cucumber and three rose petals as a finishing touch.

Please enjoy the unusual responsibly