Junipalooza 2015

Check out this awesome Gin event in London. I’d love to visit this next year.  But how could you try 24 Gins in a day? ;-)) Guess you would have to visit both days of the weekend.

Thank you for everyone who came to Junipalooza 2015 at the Vinyl Factory in Soho. Hosted by Gin Foundry, the biggest online free resource on gin globally, we are extremely proud to have had 24 gin distilleries from 7 countries attend the weekend and for you to meet the makers behind your favourite spirits. A true celebration of Gin and the biggest gathering of gin distillers, owners and ambassadors, we are extremely excited to announce that Junipalooza 2016 is already set for next year!

Make sure you tune in http://www.ginfoundry.com for news about next year’s Junipalooza and much much more.

Adnams Gin – Blackwater Gin – Pinkster Gin – Nginious! Gin – Hayman’s Distillers – SANTAMANIA Gin – Maverick Drinks – FEW Spirits – St George Spirits – Filliers Gin – Bathtub Gin – NY Distilling – Makar Glasgow Gin – Shortcross Gin – Monkey 47 Gin – Tarquin’s Gin – Sipsmith Gin – Da Mhile Gin – Herno Gin – Elephant Gin – Warner Edwards Gin – Two Birds Spirits – Ferdinand’s Saar Gin – Rock Rose Gin – Darnley’s View Gin


Gin Mare & Homemade Pizza

Gin Mare Pizza 2 Last night after thinking about the new bottle of Gin Mare I had purchased a week or so ago, I thought it might go well with pizza. I had been thinking about the botanicals listed on the bottle – Olives, Thyme, Rosemary and Basil.

These ingredients made me think of pizza. So I made one, and I made a G&T to go with it. I had never thought about matching pizza and gin together before but this seemed to work well.

I added a basil leaf to the G&T with a small wedge of lime. What a surprise the combination was a hit.

Next time I will add thyme and rosemary to the pizza to get the full list on gin ingredients on to the pizza as well.

Gin Mare Pizza 1

The Tweeters

I’ve decided for Twitter that I’ll follow people in New Zealand that love Gin, brands of New Zealand made Gin, brands of New Zealand made tonic water and mixers (that go with Gin), New Zealand distributors of Gin, and imported Gin brands available in New Zealand. This will give me a good group of like minded people to follow, and probably be the basis of what I blog about. The retweets will come from this group, and be New Zealand Gin drinking centric.

Rogue Society in the news

Gin is the hippest tipple right now


“…artisan gin distilleries began popping up in the past five years. The trend caught the eye of liquor marketers Mark Neal and Daniel McLaughlin, who, thoughtfully, noticed the need here for new gins.

In the three years the pair spent talking to distillers and gin gurus in the UK, Australia, even the United States, they became fascinated by the old-school history of the spirit and the modern takes on the classic. It helped that they describe themselves a fanatical gin drinkers. And last month they finally launched their Rogue Society gin to high end bars around the country.

Gold was struck when they found a master distiller in Christchurch who had been distilling for over 30 years in a beautiful 300 year-old copper John Dore still from an original London gin palace.”

By Catherine Smith 

Fledgling gin company in high spirits

100314 Peter Meecham Fairfax Media Auckland based entrepreneurs From left; Richard Bourke, Daniel McLaughlin and Mark Neal have started the the Rogue Society Gin brand
100314 Peter Meecham Fairfax Media
Auckland based entrepreneurs From left; Richard Bourke, Daniel McLaughlin and Mark Neal have started the the Rogue Society Gin brand

“Rogue Society founders Daniel Mclaughlin, Mark Neal and Richard Bourke have been working on developing their drink and the bottle for the past three years and believe they have finally got it right.

The gin was sold in a bar for the first time last month and is now available in about 20 bars in Auckland. Mclaughlin says Wellington is next, followed by Christchurch, Queenstown and eventually liquor retailers. Bottles retail at about $80.”

By LAURA WALTERS 15/03/2014

The story behind Rogue Society Gin: 300 years of history combined with modern Kiwi ingenuity


“The bottle design is based on a 300-year-old Geneva bottle,” says Mclaughlin when describing how they sourced various antique bottles on Trade Me and eBay before settling on a design that they found suitable.”

  • May 27, 2014 by Damien Venuto