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Spring’s Kiss – a 135 East Hyogo Dry Gin Cocktail

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Last Updated on June 10, 2023 by Leah Hall

This 135 East Gin cocktail is full of flavor from this small batch dry gin. Made at 135 degrees east longitude from Akashi Meridian, at the Kaikyo Distillery, this Japanese artisan gin is a traditional London Dry Gin mixed with Japanese botanicals. A great small batch dry gin!


It’s almost the weekend – let’s consider a cocktail, shall we?! This Rosemary, grapefruit and cucumber cocktail just screams summer, and we have the perfect gin to use for it! The 135 East Gin has great flavors of a London Dry Gin all with Japanese botanicals!

cocktail strained into glass, bottle behind

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cocktail strained into glass, 135 East Gin bottle behind

Summer cocktails are here! Now here is a drink that will make you feel like you’re on vacation even though most of us are not on vacation right now! The tart grapefruit paired with cool cucumber is a great combo. The gin is flavorful and is the perfect match for this unique cocktail!

cocktail being strained into glass, bottle behind

So, we are sharing with you a gin cocktail that is refreshing and super simple to make. This makes the perfect brunch beverage. Or porch sipper on those hot summer nights!

135 East GIn bottle behind, orange cocktail with rosemary in front

135 East Hyogo Gin

Traditional London Dry Gin botanicals are mixed with Japanese botanicals. This gin is mixed with a touch of sake, too! 135° East  Gin boldly combines together East and West, spicy sansho pepper and floral, citrus notes of yuzu. Great London and Japan all at once.

cocktail in glass with rosemary, shaker behind

Hyogo Style Gin is from a time when eastern culture merged with western customs. This is reflected in their ingredients because they complement each other.

light orange cocktail in glass with rosemary, shaker behind

Each botanical is sourced from local farmers or specialized vendors then distilled separately to preserve the botanicals’ characteristics. This process allows better control of the final blending process when sake is added. It makes for a great gin that is so easy to mix with a lot of flavors. We can definitely see a bottle on our bar cart to be used for a lot of cocktails!

cocktail in glass with rosemary, strainer and shaker behind with red and white gin bottle

Spring’s Kiss Cocktail

This flavorful gin needed some flavorful ingredients to be mixed with it for sure. We have been using a lot of our home herbal garden in cocktails lately – we have an abundance of them (rain made everything grow like crazy!) and so perfect to use in cocktails and syrups.

light orange cocktail in glass with rosemary, 135 East Gin bottle behind, strainer and shaker

We were first inspired by adding rosemary to this drink with the 135 East Gin, some cucumber simple syrup and then juice. We added both grapefruit juice and lemon juice for the tart flavors necessary in this summer cocktail.

light orange cocktail in glass with ice and rosemary, bottle behind

Then we added some Suze. Suze is a bitter French apéritif made from the gentian root, it has a beautiful soft citrus undertone. It is bitter, but it also provides some sweetness, and is very refreshing. So perfect for this cocktail, and with the 135 East gin.

light orange cocktail in glass with ice and rosemary sprig

Overall, this is a great summer cocktail that we encourage you to try, as well as to search out some 135 Gin, which we think you will love as much as we do!




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Spring's Kiss - a 135 East Hyogo Dry Gin Cocktail

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

This 135 East Gin cocktail is a great meeting of East meeting West flavors and tastes! A mix of London Dry Gin and Japanese Botanicals combine with some cucumber simple syrup, lemon, grapefruit, suze and rosemary!


Spring's Kiss Cocktail

  • 1.50 ounces 135 East Gin
  • .25 ounce Suze liqueur
  • .75 ounce grapefruit juice
  • .50 ounce lemon juice
  • .75 ounce cucumber simple syrup
  • Rosemary Sprig

Cucumber Simple Syrup

  • 1/2 cup cucumber, cubed
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar


Cucumber Simple Syrup

1. Add cucumber pieces to sugar and water to saucepan.

2. Heat to boiling, then take off of heat.

3. Cool down and strain out cucumber.

4. Store in an airtight jar in refrigerator.

Spring's Kiss Cocktail

  1. Combine rosemary sprig and simple syrup in shaker. Muddle.
  2. Add all ingredients into shaker with ice.
  3. Shake to combine. Double strain into glass over ice ball.
  4. Garnish with more rosemary.
  5. Cheers!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 205Total Fat: .1gSaturated Fat: .1gSodium: 19mgCarbohydrates: 19.9gFiber: .3gSugar: 1.8gProtein: .2g

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