Make the Winning Cocktail From This Year's East Imperial Gin Jubilee

It's the best gin and tonic in Auckland, after all.

Asia's premier gin festival, the East Imperial Gin Jubilee, touched down in New Zealand last week. The core objective of the festival is to redefine what a traditional gin and tonic is by bringing together some of the world's finest gins, the region's best bars and bartenders. There were pop-up bars, gin masterclasses, gin bar trails, and an awards show where one drink was lionised as the best gin and tonic the people of Auckland have ever tasted.

Haans Mayer from Golden Dawn rose victorious, beating out 32 other mixologists from across the city to take home first prize for the best marriage of gin with tonic. Mayer's creation, dubbed the Resplendent Rogue, included Rogue Society gin and the flavours of orange marmalade and sherry. As part of the prize, he'll make the trip to Singapore for a fierce clash of the G&Ts.

So you can try the majestical drink for yourselves, we've nicked the recipe.


You will need:

A highball glass
30ml Rogue Society gin
10mls Amontillado sherry
15mls homemade Apricot syrup
Tbsp orange marmalade
Dried apricots
Burma Tonic
Candied orange peel


The night before your drink-making excursion place the dried apricots in sherry and leave to soak. Fill a highball glass with ice and add all ingredients, topping up with East Imperial Burma Tonic at the end. Garnish with rehydrated sherry apricots and candied orange peel. Enjoy.

For more information about the East Imperial Gin Jubilee, visit

Published on March 09, 2017 by Stephen Heard

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