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A cocktail recipe you’ll fall in love with this Valentine’s Day

Sip and swirl on a delightful gin cocktail with your loved one this February

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By House & Garden South Africa | February 5, 2023 | Recipes

Whether it’s an intimate dinner or casual get together, get ready to be smitten with the best Valentine’s Day cocktail recipe yet. Celebrating the day of love with your “koibito” (Japanese translation for sweetheart)? Why not make it extra special with a fun and flirty drink inspired by Japanese artisans.

Think pink – the colour of love and desire – with Roku’s Sakura Shower, which is easy to make and will leave your koibito impressed.

The tantalizing sakura-esque aroma lingers just beyond the tip of your nose, as if the petals are falling all around you.


Gin 50ml

White Vermouth 25ml

Absinthe 10ml

Angostura bitters 1 dash


Combine all ingredients together and shake well.

Gin cocktails are fun way to enjoy the popular spirit beyond the bar. If you’re into something sweet or just zesty - there is something for everyone!

Roku Japanese Gin is available at a recommended retail price of R380 in major retailers nationally; Makro, Pick n Pay, Checkers, and selected TOPS at Spar. You can also order online through Takealot, Norman Goodfellows and others.

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