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The best gin cocktails to shake up right now

17 December 2020

There's no better time than now to perfect the art of mixology. Transform your abode into your very own Roku Gin Garden with these Japanese-inspired cocktails.

WORDS BY Nicole Saunders

Wasabi Mule. Photography: Belinda Merrie

Wasabi Mule

45ml Roku Gin

15ml ginger syrup

20ml lime juice

90ml ginger beer

5g fresh wasabi

Shake all ingredients together and serve over ice in a highball glass. You might have to ask the Azabu chef for his secret nori wasabi tempura recipe to garnish this one.

San Sora

20ml Roku Gin

15ml St Germain

60ml yuzushu

15ml yuzu juice

Twist of lemon

Matcha ice ball

100g matcha powder

100ml agave nectar

1 litre water

Prepare matcha ice balls beforehand. When they’re ready, shake all ingredients together and pour over matcha ice ball. Garnish with a twist of lemon and a pinch of matcha.

Left to right: San Sora, Nippon Negroni and Yuzu Southside. Photography: Belinda Merrie

Nippon Negroni 

40ml Roku Gin

25ml lillet blanc

25ml classic umeshu

Stir ingredients together and pour over a large ice ball or cube. Garnish with a bamboo skewered plum.

Yuzu Southside 

40ml Roku Gin

25ml lillet blanc

25ml classic umeshu

Stir ingredients together and pour over a large ice ball or cube. Garnish with a bamboo skewered plum.

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