Gins made in Singapore are making a splash in Singapore.
As an indication of how far things have come, a local distillery has produced Rojak Gin.
The founders of Rojak Gin, Simon Zhao and Vic, told SG Magazine that they chose rojak because the dish is a representation of Singapore.
How is Rojak Gin made
Gin traditionally requires grains to distill a base liquor.
Flavours from juniper and other botanicals are extracted and added to the base via a process called re-distillation.
To produce the base for the gin, honey is fermented and distilled.
This creates a honey spirit that supposedly makes for a smoother gin compared to a grain-distilled one.
The Rojak Gin is distilled from just three botanicals -- juniper, lemon peel, and torch ginger -- local ingredients that give the finished product its rojak scent.
Rojak Gin is designed to be a sipping gin -- one you can drink on its own without mixers.
But if you prefer your gin in a cocktail, the founders suggest having it with tonic, or making it into a Negroni.
Next in the pipeline for Zhao and Vic is Chendol Gin, which uses Gula Melaka as its base instead of honey.
If you want to try Rojak Gin in a bar, you can find it at Native, Potato Head, El Tardeo, and Thevar.
You can also purchase Rojak Gin here.
Here's another made-in-Singapore gin:
Top images via Rojak Gin and NParks.