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Known for charming the most ordinary occasion into something magical. A hand-selected, harmonious blend of pure New Zealand mountain water and the finest botanicals and spices.
"Well-balanced initial tastes of refreshing juniper with lingering citrus and peppery notes, all built on a generous base of local and exotic botanicals."
BeGin Distilling Ltd is the husband and wife partnership of Taranaki locals Jo and Dave James—engineering meets the love of gin!
Why did we choose Juno as the goddess to reflect our gin?
Juno, wife of Jupiter and known as the goddess of marriage and domestic harmony. She is linked to the idea of vital force, fullness of vital energy and eternal youthfulness.
Juno is the perfect goddess to oversee the marriage of flavours that happens within the copper pot still during distillation. Ensuring that the carefully selected botanicals and the beautiful water of Mt Taranaki come to fruition as an extra fine gin of distinction.
Juno Extra Fine Gin has juniper at its heart with coriander bringing warmth and a hint of lemon.
Other key botanicals include orris root, kaffir lime leaves, green cardamom, Angelica root, manuka and cassia bark.
For our seasonal variants, we use what is fresh and plentiful, the fruits and leaves that have flourished through the season.
We are working with New Zealand horticulturalists to eventually grow and harvest all our botanical ingredients sustainably, establishing new crops for future growth.
Find your batch number
on the bottom of your Juno bottle
During the still design phase, we worked with our Taranaki engineering team, Rivet, to create a copper still that minimised waste production and where waste generation was unavoidable, included handling systems to allow recycling of by-products into other industries. We have a built-in system to harvest and store rainwater for the cooling condenser and we’ve incorporated design aspects to prevent (and recover) any heat loss during the distillation.
We source many of our botanicals locally, and for those only available overseas we are working with local horticulturists and research bodies in order to switch from importing to growing in New Zealand instead.
Our bottle labels are printed with organic inks and are recyclable.
Of special interest to us is Archey’s Frog, Leiopelma archeyi, which is critically endangered. Archey’s frogs are the smallest of New Zealand’s four endemic frogs at around 37mm. One of New Zealand’s native frogs, it has several distinctive features, which make them very different from frogs elsewhere in the world. They have no external eardrum. They have round (not slit) eyes.
They don’t croak regularly like most frogs. They don’t have a tadpole stage (instead the embryo develops inside an egg, and then hatches as an almost fully-formed frog). The young are cared for by their parents – the male Archey’s frog carries his young offspring around on his back.
They live in misty, moist areas above 400m in altitude. They have been found at the Coromandel and one site west of Te Kuiti.
Along with a breeding programme for Archey’s frogs, Auckland Zoo also assists the Department of Conservation (DOC) with annual surveys and census of Archey’s frogs in Whareorino Forest.
On the list of the top 100 EDGE (Evolutionarily Distinct & Globally Endangered) amphibians, Archey’s frog is number one. www.edgeofexistence.org
Juno Gin is the number one supporter of the Archey’s frog conservation programme at Auckland Zoo.
60ml Juno Autumn 2018
30ml raw apple juice
1 egg white
Garnish – fresh thyme sprig
Muddle blueberries or press with the back of a spoon.
Pour Juno Gin, Apple juice, honey (or sugar) and egg white in cocktail shaker.
Shake vigorously until egg white is incorporated into drink.
Add ice, shake vigorously until there is a light foam formed.
Strain into glass over ice.
Garnish with blueberries and a fresh thyme sprig.
60ml Juno Summer 2018
90ml tonic water
Add extra honey to taste
Squeeze lemon juice into glass, add ice if desired
Add Juno Summer 2018 Gin, Limoncello and tonic water
Stir ingredients, pinching mint and adding to glass to disburse mint essence
Add honey to taste. Garnish with a piece of honeycomb and a pansy or favourite edible flower of choice
1 Venison salami, sliced 3mm
1 Fennel bulb, shaved or finely sliced
1 Orange, segmented
¼ bunch of chives or a handful of foraged onion weed, finely sliced
1 Lovage leaf or a few inner celery leaves finely shredded.
Extra virgin olive oil
Heat a heavy-based frying pan with a touch of olive oil.
In a bowl, gently toss together all the ingredients except for the salami and oil.
Season lightly with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper and arrange onto four plates.
Quickly sear the salami on one side only and serve around the salad, seared side up.
A shaker or stirring glass
A bar spoon (or teaspoon)
60mls Juno Gin
5mls Rhubarb Syrup
Ice (for mixing)
A dash of Orange Blossom Water
To garnish: Rhubarb Ribbon
Chill your cocktail glass (the easiest way is to fill it with ice)
Add plenty of ice and the rhubarb syrup to your shaker/stirring glass and stir to make sure the ice is coated with rhubarb syrup, then use your strainer to pour away the excess
Add the Juno Gin to the shaker/stirring glass and stir the mixture for about 30 seconds to chill and dilute
Strain into the chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a rhubarb ribbon and a dash of orange blossom water
This is where you’ll find us over the next few months:
Release of our Styx Barrel-Aged Gin
5:30-7:30pm, Sat 1 Sep
3 James Drive
Monica’s Juno Gin Release
5:15-6:30pm Thu 13 September
The ever-popular Monica’s Eatery in New Plymouth has commissioned us to create a gin especially for them. It tastes delicious, looks divine—matching Monica’s perfectly.
Location: Monica’s Eatery, 42 Queen Street, New Plymouth
The First Pour – Juno Spring Seasonal Gin Release
2-4pm Sat 29 September
About: Join us as we celebrate the release of our Spring 2018 seasonal gin.
Includes a bottle of Spring 2018, tastings, canapés, distillery tour and the story behind our gin and our Spring 2018 in particular.
Location: Westown, New Plymouth
Tickets: $85 (discounts available for Juno Gin Club members)
The Waikato Home and Garden Show
Claudelands Events Centre
Women’s Lifestyle Expo
Location: TSB Stadium, Mason Drive, New Plymouth
Juno Gin in the Garden
5-8pm, Thu 1 Nov (SOLD OUT)
114 Pendarves Street
Central Districts Food & Wine Show
Location: Awapuni Racecourse, Palmerston North
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On top of all the great bars and restaurants that serve Juno, here are the stores where you can purchase Juno:
(Your local not on the list? Email us to see about stocking Juno.)
Smith & Caughey, 253-261 Queen Street, Auckland
Prenzel of Whitford Shop, 7 Whitford Wharf Rd, Whitford
Hamilton Beer & Wine Company, 856 Victoria Street
Liquorland Dinsdale, 140 Whatawhata Road, Dinsdale
Liquorland Cambridge, 26 Victoria Street, Cambridge
Liquorland Taupo, 74 Tuwharetoa Street, Taupo
The Merchant of Taupo, 114 Spa Road, Taupo
Bay of Plenty
Mount Wine Barrel, 423 Maunganui Rd, Mount Maunganui, Tauranga
Liquorland Whakatane, 13 Peace Street, Whakatane
Liquor King Greerton, 1235 Cameron Road, Tauranga
Liquorland Gisborne, 191 Customhouse Street, Gisborne
Liquorland Fitzroy, 594 Devon Street East, New Plymouth
Liquor King New Plymouth, Cnr Devon & Mt Edgcumbe Streets, New Plymouth
Super Liquor New Plymouth, 40 Leach St, New Plymouth
Liquorland Courtney St, 222 Courtenay St, New Plymouth
Butler’s Reef, Liquor Store, 1133 Main South Road, Oakura
Liquorland Wanganui, 291-293 Victoria Ave, Wanganui
Liquorland Palmerston North, 105 Albert St, Palmerston North
Liquorland Levin, 6 Exeter Street, Levin
Liquorland Kapiti, 3/140 Kapiti Road, Paraparaumu
Martinborough Wine Merchants, 6 Kitchener Street, Martinborough
Liquorland Porirua, 18 Parumoana Street, Porirua
Moore Wilson, Corner of Tory Street & College Street, Te Aro, Wellington
Liquorland Wellington Central, 233 Victoria Street, Te Aro, Wellington
Cult Wine, 13 Murphy Street, Thorndon, Wellington
Craft Beer Depot, 70 Achilles Ave, Nelson
Liquorland New Street, 32 New Street, Nelson
Liquorland Riccarton Road, 43 Riccarton Road, Christchurch
Liquorland Church Corner, 334 Riccarton Road, Christchurch
Ballantynes, Cashel St, Christchurch Central.
Henry’s Centre City, 95 Hanover St, Dunedin
Henry’s Cromwell, 9 Elspeth Street, Cromwell
Juno gets people talking. Here’s a little collection of Juno-in-the-media for your reading pleasure:
For all media enquires, please email us