Junipero (USA) – extra strength gin from San Francisco


This month, we feature Junipero (paid link)- an extra strength gin from San Francisco (USA) 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. 
Tasting notes
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. If you want to spice things up a little, serve with Schweppes premium pink pepper tonic (paid link).
Garnish with grapefruit, ginger or lavender, according to taste.

Then, sit back and enjoy!

Written by Steve (with a little help from Ruddles, the gin dog!)

Don’t forget to follow us on our facebook community page to join in the gin discussion.


  • A Gin Zombie: no tricks, just a Halloween treat
    After a couple of years where Covid managed to transform our once busy Halloween streets full of children dressing up as ghosts and goblins into what seemed like genuine scenes from a post apocalyptic Zombie movie, a Gin Zombie seems like the ideal cocktail to usher in the Halloween feast. Now, that life is returning … Continued
  • Hot gin toddy: cold comfort from an old friend
    The seasons are changing.  The summer heat is now well and truly behind us and we are now in that lovely space where the last of the summer sun still occasionally breaks through. It is a time to hear the leaves crunch beneath your feet, to watch the colors change from green to brown and … Continued
  • Sloe-ly does it: a boozy apple and blackberry crumble to warm your soul
    Autumn is always a strange time of year.  The weather lurches from warm autumn sunshine to wet winter winds in what seems like the blink of an eye.  The leaves turn to a golden brown and deliver a satisfying crunch under foot as we try to make the most of what’s left of the summer … Continued
  • Larios Provenzal: the sweet taste of the Med
    Let me be clear. Long before I discovered Larios Provenzal. I was a big fan of Larios gin. I have been a fan ever since I first moved to Barcelona, almost a decade ago. With a local heritage and a long tradition, it has been quietly making a name for itself as a great value … Continued

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *