Toast Easter with Juno Gin

Here’s a great idea from our friends at Juno Gin – join them at Easter for the first pour of their 2020 Autumn Seasonal Gin. The venue? Your place, of course!

How does it work? The clue is in the name. Juno has called it a ‘Virtual Release Event: The First Pour’ – the team at the distillery invite you to celebrate the release of their 2020 Autumn Seasonal Gin with a delicious cocktail pack and recipes delivered to your door in time for Easter Weekend.

On top of a 200ml bottle of Autumn 2020 Gin and another of Juno Gin Extra Fine, you will receive a cocktail tutorial to make both a cold and hot autumn cocktail, two bottles of Fever Tree tonic and insight from the makers as to what makes this Autumn Gin so spectacular. (Spoiler alert: expect your taste-buds to sing with Taranaki oranges, mountain horopito and mairehau in this delightfully peppery and citrus-infused gin).

To make it a social occasion, why not video-call one of your friends who is also attending the Virtual Release, make the cocktails at the same time and enjoy a well-deserved catch-up over delicious gin! It’s perfect on a cooler autumn evening. Enjoy with a slice of orange or mandarin.In the meantime, get in some practice with our sneak release of the pack’s cocktail recipes and taste the difference when your Juno Autumn Gin arrives!

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Autumn Toddy

Ingredients

  • 60ml Juno Autumn Gin
  • 45ml Autumn Syrup (see separate recipe)
  • 20ml freshly squeezed orange juice (or substitute with lemon)
  • hot water

Method

Mix gin, syrup and juice in a glass cup or mug. Top with half a cup of hot (not boiling) water. Garnish with fresh orange twists and a stick of cinnamon.Add honey to taste.

Autumn Cocktail

Ingredients

  • 60ml Juno Autumn Gin
  • 45ml Autumn Syrup (see separate recipe)
  • 20ml freshly squeezed orange juice (or substitute with lemon)
  • 125ml Fever Tree Orange Ginger Beer

Method

Mix gin, syrup and juice in a lowball or rocks glass. Top with ice and Fever Tree Orange Ginger Beer. Garnish with a wheel of fresh orange.

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Autumn Syrup

Makes about 500ml; increase quantity of ingredients for more.

Ingredients

  • 1½ cups water
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3 cinnamon quills
  • 2 tbsp orange zest
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest
  • 2 slices fresh ginger

Method

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and bring slowly to the boil, stirring often. Allow to boil for a few minutes until mixture starts to thicken, then reduce heat and allow to simmer for about 10 minutes until reduced down. For the adventurous, try adding 1 – 2 cardamon pods for an added kick. Allow to cool completely before use and store in the fridge for up to three weeks.

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