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Exquisite Gin Concoctions from India’s biggest mixologists

In recent years, India’s spirits landscape has undergone a remarkable transformation, with gin emerging as a rising star in a traditionally brown spirits dominated market. This shift has been fueled by a growing demand for gin and a newfound freedom to explore inventive gin-based cocktails. As we celebrate the International Gin Day, we bring you some refreshing gin cocktails from some of India’s best fine dining establishments to whisk you away from the summer heat. From the bustling streets of Delhi, pulsating with the vibrant energy of the city where the gentle sea breeze lends a touch of tranquillity to each meticulously crafted cocktail, this experience promises to be nothing short of extraordinary.

The Desert Rose from Chidya Ghar, Roseate House

Image Courtesy: Roseate House

Ingredients:

Terai gin- 60ml
Lemon juice- 30ml
Cucumber- 3-4 chunks
Apple cider vinegar- splash
Strawberry- 2no.
Rosemary- 2-3 stems

Method:

Begin by muddling the cucumber chunks and strawberries in a cocktail shaker. Add the ingredients, fill the shaker with ice cubes and shake vigorously for about 15-20 seconds to chill the mixture. Strain the cocktail into a glass filled with ice and add a splash of apple cider vinegar for a tangy kick. Garnish with a sprig of fresh rosemary for aromatic depth and visual appeal.

Cucumber Basil Gin Smash from the Safari Bar, The Lodhi New Delhi

Image Courtesy: The Lodhi New Delhi

Ingredients:

Gin- 60 ml
4-5 cucumber slices
4-5 basil leaves
Simple syrup- 30 ml
Lime juice- 20 ml
Tonic water (optional)
Ice blocks
Rock glass
Cucumber Slices (for garnish)

Method:

Start by muddling the cucumber slices and basil leaves in a cocktail shaker. Use a muddler to gently press and twist the ingredients to release their flavours. Add the gin, simple syrup, and lime juice to the shaker. Fill the shaker with ice blocks and shake vigorously for about 15-20 seconds to chill the ingredients and blend the flavours. In a rock glass, strain the cocktail mixture and top it off with a splash of tonic water for some effervescence. Garnish the cocktail with a cucumber slice and enjoy!

Not A Chamomile Tea by Honk, Pullman New Delhi

Ingredients:

Gin-40 ml
Chamomile Tea Infused Rosso- 20ml
(Infused for 48 hours)
Angostura Orange- 2 dash
Apple Syrup-10ml
Lime Juice-15ml

Method:

Start by preparing your chamomile tea-infused Rosso. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, pour all the ingredients and shake vigorously for about 10-15 seconds. Strain the mixture and garnish with a twist of lime peel or a chamomile flower for an elegant finishing touch.

HHH Sour by KHI KHI, Delhi By Chef Tarun Sibal

Image Courtesy: Khi Khi Delhi
Chef Tarun Sibal

Ingredients:

Hendricks Gin – 50 ml
Homemade Limoncello – 10 ml
Lemon juice – 20ml
Honey water – 20ml
Stillabunt – 4 drops

Method:

Add all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake it well and double strain the glass. If desired, add 4 drops of Stillabunt for an extra layer of flavour. Garnish with blue edible dust & lemon candy for added freshness.

Berry Berry by MKT, The Chanakya By Sahil Negi, Head Mixologist

Image Courtesy: MKT The Chanakya
Mixologist Sahil Negi

Ingredients:

Gin- 60ml
Campari- 5ml
Mixed Berry Purée- 30ml
Lime Juice- 10ml
Soda

Method:

Combine gin, Campari, mixed berry purée, and lime juice in a shaker. Shake well and strain into a highball glass. Top it off with some soda and add a touch of playfulness by throwing in some blueberries.

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