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Gin and Gastronomy: A Culinary Match Made in Heaven at Tini Gin Bar and Eatery

Updated: Dec 9, 2023


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At Tini Gin Bar and Eatery, we believe that a remarkable gin experience goes beyond the glass. That's why we've curated an exceptional selection of food to enjoy alongside our extensive gin offerings to set your taste buds alight. In this blog, we'll explore the delightful world of gin and food pairings, highlighting how different types of gin complement various dishes to create a culinary journey like no other.


Classic Juniper Gins: The Versatile Pairing


Traditional juniper-forward gins, like London Dry, are incredibly versatile when it comes to pairing with food. The bold juniper backbone and citrus notes make them an excellent match for a wide range of dishes. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Gin and Tonic with Citrus: The zesty freshness of a classic G&T is the perfect partner for seafood, especially oysters and ceviche. The citrusy notes in both the drink and the dish create a harmonious balance.

  • London Dry Gin Martini: A classic martini with London Dry gin is a natural companion for elegant appetisers like smoked salmon canapés or bruschetta.

Fruit-Infused Gins: A Burst of Flavour


Fruit-infused gins, such as those featuring berries or citrus, add a burst of fruity goodness to your glass. These gins can be paired with a variety of dishes, from salads to desserts:

  • Berry-Infused Gin: Try pairing a berry-infused gin with a summer salad featuring mixed berries, goat cheese, and a balsamic vinaigrette. The fruity gin echoes the flavours of the salad.

  • Citrus-Infused Gin: For dessert, a lemon or orange-infused gin complements citrus-based treats like lemon tart or orange cheesecake.

Botanical Gins: A Symphony of Flavours


Gins rich in botanicals open up a world of culinary possibilities. These gins, which often include herbs, spices, and unique botanical blends, can elevate both savoury and sweet dishes:

  • Herbaceous Gins: Gins with herbal notes like rosemary, thyme, or basil are a delightful match for dishes featuring roasted meats, grilled vegetables, or even herb-crusted fish.

  • Spiced Gins: Explore the world of spiced gins with dishes like curry or Moroccan tagine. The spices in both the gin and the food create an exotic harmony.

Floral Gins: Fragrant Elegance


Gins with floral notes, such as lavender, rose, or elderflower, bring a fragrant touch to your pairings. These gins excel in desserts and delicate dishes:

  • Elderflower Gin: Pair an elderflower gin with a light and airy elderflower panna cotta for a floral explosion on your taste buds.

  • Rose Gin: Rose gin beautifully complements floral desserts like rosewater macarons or a rose-scented sponge cake.

Navy Strength Gins: Bold and Robust


Navy strength gins, known for their higher alcohol content and robust flavours, demand equally bold pairings:

  • Charcuterie and Cheese: Navy strength gins stand up to the intense flavours of cured meats and aged cheeses. Try them with a charcuterie board for a delightful contrast.

  • Hearty Stews: The robust nature of navy strength gins pairs well with hearty dishes like beef stew or lamb curry, enhancing the depth of flavours.

A NZ gin to complement every culinary creation


The world of gin is a canvas of flavours waiting to be paired with a spectrum of dishes. Whether you prefer classic juniper gins, fruit-infused varieties, botanical wonders, or floral gems, there's a gin to complement every culinary creation.


The next time you're enjoying a meal, consider the art of gin and food pairing to elevate your dining experience and savor the harmonious marriage of flavours.

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