There literally is nothing that Mi Casa’s front man – J’Something cannot do it seems, and 2018 has been a good year for him. Juggling not only his acclaimed musical career, he was a judge on My Kitchen Rules South Africa as well as local cooking shows such as What’s for Dinner and Something’s Cooking (he’s just brought out a book of the same name). To top it all off, there’s also his restaurant, Something’s Cooking by J and now – wait for it – he has launched a range of gins too.
Jin Gin (because it’s so good you should say it twice and also it has be a J’Something – geddit – in the name, this range offers 3 tasty variants – include Rooibos, Orange and Honey, Tomato and Sweet Piquant Peppers and Honey and Olives.
For Jin Gin, J’Something teamed up with local craft gin experts, Craft Link the makers of the award winning Ginologist Gin, and the result is not only a gin that has great flavour but that has a personality too.
There are many gins available and gin is one of Jozi’s fave drinks right now – but what set’s Jin Gin apart from the hoards of others?
“I wanted to do something that I love. I’ve never been much of a drinker, but a good G&T always hit the spot. The team at Craft Link helped me create a gin that not only suits my audience and their palates but that also represents something different in the market; ultimately it represents my story. I mean it’s still a gin, it’s just ‘something different’,” explains J.
All the flavours tie into his career and passion for food and music and each variant has its own story to tell. The Rooibos, Orange and Honey, J’Somethings’ favourite, expertly blends the flavours of world-famous oranges from the South of Portugal with South African Rooibos and Honey – his favourite pre-gig drink.
“The craft of pairing food with gin is also gaining momentum. In the kitchen, food needs to tell a story and Jin Gin is no different. We have created delicious recipes to accompany your Jin Gin G&T. Food is personal to me and reflects my home… the place where I grew in leaps and bounds as a chef. Home was where I could experiment with flavours and techniques,” he says.
“My spicy, authentic Portuguese heritage combined with hearty, homegrown South African food have become my trademark,” adds J.
Fave summer drink? The prognosis is … highly likely!
Jin Gin is available from selected Pick ‘n Pay and Ultra Bottle Stores and retails at around R390 per bottle.