It’s Gin O’Clock!

This World Gin Day, enjoy a classic G & T or whip up one of these delicious concoctions from Beam Suntory, featuring the effusively aromatic Japanese masterpiece, Roku® Gin.

Roku Tonic

With World Gin Day on June 12th, gin enthusiasts can bring some positive cheer and look forward to exploring new ways to enjoy this spirit that has recently bounced back from years of obscurity into one of the world’s trendiest drinks today. Since the last few years, there’s been a strong trend among urban Indians to choose gin and explore gin-based cocktails, thanks to its refreshing appeal, and of course, historical links with India.

But this World Gin Day, why not infuse the aromas of Japanese herbs into your favourite drink? December 2019, Beam Suntory, the global premium spirits company, brought the flavourful Japan masterpiece – Roku® Gin to India with the launch of The House of Suntory portfolio. True to its Japanese craftsmanship, Roku® Gin alludes to the impeccable flavours and authenticity of the region. The unique blend artfully balances six unique Japanese botanicals – Sakura Flower or Yae-sakura and Sakuna Leaf or Oshima-sakura, which add the floral hints, Sencha Tea and Gyokoru Tea, for the full-bodied aroma, Sansho pepper or Bu-do Sansho, for the spicy notes, and Yuzu Peel, for the sweet citrus fruitiness.

To celebrate the occasion, we bring to you a collection of fine Roku® Gin cocktails for you to savour at home.

Roku Tonic drink

ROKU TONIC - Roku® Gin, tonic water and 6 strands of ginger

Glassware: Highball glass

Ingredients: 30 ml Roku® Gin 120 ml Tonic

Garnish: 6 Ginger sticks, as per your preference

Directions: Add all ingredients and build (pour them one top of another directly into the glass). Serve over cubed ice in a highball glass. Garnish with ginger slices.

Roku Sonic drink

ROKU SONIC - Roku® Gin, Tonic Water, Soda Water, Lime

Glassware: Highball glass

Ingredients: 30 ml – Roku® Gin 60 ml – Tonic Water 60 ml – Soda Water

Garnish: Lime garnish, as per your preference.

Directions: Add ice to a highball glass and stir to chill glass. Add Roku® Gin and stir to chill.

Top with tonic and soda. Garnish with lime.

Roku Sour drink

ROKU SOUR - Roku® Gin Matcha Tea, Egg White, Yuzu Wheel

Glassware: Martini glass

Ingredients: 60 ml – Roku® Gin 10 ml – Matcha Tea 1 Egg White

Garnish: Yuzu Wheel


Add egg whites to the shaker and shake to aerate. Add Roku® Gin and Matcha tea and shake. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a Yuzu wheel.

Roku Negroni drink

ROKU NEGRONI - Roku® Gin, Umeshu, Campari, Orange Zest

Glassware: Old Fashioned

30 ml – Roku® Gin
15 ml – Umeshu (Japanese Plum Liqueur)
15 ml – Campari

Garnish: Orange Zest, as per your preference


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


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