Let the Celebration Be-gin for World Gin Day!

World Gin Day (11th June) is upon us! And we can’t wait to kick back, relax and sip some of our favourite gin this weekend. For some amazing GINspiration and to help you make the perfect G&T, we are sharing our secret list of stunning bottles of gin made right here in Aotearoa.

Let the celebration beGIN!


JUNO

Named for the Roman Goddess of marriage and domestic harmony, Juno Gin is at the heart of this love story.

Juno is thrilled to raise a glass to celebrate International Gin Day. With the love of this spectacular spirit, Juno created a selection of award-winning gins and a seasonal range that changes year on year – all for the love of gin.

Cheers to that!

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BLUSH

“Weekender” is an exciting new affordable venture from Chris and Elliot.

This Gin is made here in New Zealand, bursting with fresh, juicy peaches! Balanced with vibrant citrus and spice notes, This will put a fantastic twist on your favourite cocktail! All we can say is, that your G&T will never be the same!

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BLUSH

BLUSH hunted down some of New Zealand’s best citrus from Kerikeri for their small batch Summer Citrus gin. Freshly picked, they even infused a little rhubarb too. The gin is very refreshing and bright, cloudy from the citrus oils. BLUSH used a mix of pre and post distillation infusion. The colour is like a beautiful sunset, sitting at 41.08% ABV.

Pair perfectly with the East Imperial YUZU or BURMA Tonic; try the Yuzu Lemonade for a slightly sweeter drink.

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BLUSH

This Classic Dry Gin is crisp and smooth and has vibrant fresh citrus notes, backed up by juniper and savoury spice notes.

“Weekender” is perfect every day or for your weekend shenanigans!

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DANCING SANDS

Native manuka trees are found all over Golden Bay and served as an inspiration to include their leaves in this Dry Gin recipe — a contemporary and New Zealand take on the green pine flavour associated with some of the world’s most famous dry gins.

Aiming for a spice forward taste, Dancing Sands landed on the right recipe made up of manuka leaves, coriander, cardamom, peppercorns, almonds, liquorice root, angelica root and juniper berries.

This Dry Gin is double-distilled and vapour-infused with eight carefully selected botanicals, resulting in a delicious gin. It is hugely versatile and can be enjoyed in everything from a G&T to your favourite cocktail!

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MIRABEAU

Taking inspiration from the abundance of botanicals found along the French Riviera, Mirabeau’s Dry Rosé Gin redefines the normally sugary pink gin category with a dry yet highly aromatic style.

Bottled in a beautiful unique gin bottle, Mirabeau’s Dry Rosé Gin is distilled with a touch of its much-loved Rosé wine. It makes delicious Mediterranean G&T and delectable cocktails, including pink versions of some of the classics, such as Rosé Negronis and Rosé Gin Martinis.

Unlike others in the growing pink gin category, Mirabeau has used grape spirit, made from upcycled grape skins after they have been pressed during the winemaking process, as its base. Adding its award-winning Rosé as an element in the macerate of botanicals confers a lovely roundness to the final blend.

Botanical ingredients evocative of the French Riviera add further aromatic layers, a delicious complexity and luxurious texture. The result is a pale pink gin with a unique style, bringing a burst of aromas to captivate the increasing numbers of gin lovers worldwide.

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Pink & White – Geothermal Gin

Pink & White – Geothermal Gin is a story steeped in Rotorua geothermal provenance. They started in the garage over the first lockdown and, after moving into a small corner of Croucher Brewing – selling their first bottle in November 2020. 

The brand name refers to their two gin colours, the White (London Dry) and the Pink (Berry), and also a nod to Rotorua’s famous historical landmark. At their first NZ Spirit Awards in 2021, they secured a Double Gold and a Silver medal, respectively, backing that up with two Silvers in 2022.

The most significant part of Pink & White’s journey is using geothermal energy to heat a still. They have a bore delivering steam at 110 degrees celsius and a site awaiting resource consent. In doing so, they can craft the world’s most sustainable spirit using heat from the ground. 

With the proper engineering, Pink & White is planning to run their first pilot still in 2022 and open a dedicated distillery soon after.

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