This month, we feature Junipero – an extra strength gin from San Francisco whose name says it all. Junipero weighs in at a hefty 49.3% alcohol (98.6 proof). Hand crafted and pot-stilled, this gin brand has been around since the 1990s and can rightly be called the forerunner of the current gin revolution in the USA. Anchor Distillery on San Francisco’s Potrero Hill make this powerful classic. And with more than a dozen botanicals, this is a very juniper forward gin.
Junipero (Spanish for Juniper) is a complex, crisp, clean gin with a subtle spiciness. It is a gin that will warm you from the inside. Look for notes of citrus and violets alongside the juniper and coriander. While the other exact botanicals remain a closely guarded secret, the result is a triumph. Not for the faint-hearted, this over proofed powerhouse of a gin is a real belter. It tastes great in a classic G&T or a Negroni and also pairs well with Sicilian lemonade. This gin may not be for everyone, but if you like a strong gin with a big heart, this might be the one for you.
Perfect serve: Pour a large measure of gin into a copa glass and fill to the top with large ice cubes. Top up the glass with a premium tonic water such as Fevertree tonic water (or if you want to spice things up a little, serve with Schweppes premium pink pepper tonic). Garnish with grapefruit, ginger or lavender, according to taste. Then, sit back and enjoy!