Gin may be considered the national drink of England, but back home in India, its popularity could rival just about anything. There may be different theories for its origins but all of them come down to one common link of it being used as a mere medicine back in the day. While some may connote it to being medicinal for all sorts of reasons today too, gin is beyond just the usual G&T. Many cocktails have an all new dimension with gin playing focal point now and that's owing to the smoothness of this juniper spirit. Gin's versatility can be paired with fruity, floral or even citrus drinks and especially when the scorching summer sun doesn't seem to back down. We can't think of a better day than the World Gin Day to concoct some of the best gin cocktails for a cocktail night in with the help of India's finest mixologists and connoisseurs. So whether you're playing host to some of your friends or have been invited to call the shots, you know exactly how to let the madness be-'gin'.
While we love a good cocktail especially with the dash of a little gin, we advise you to drink responsibly and respectfully savouring every sip exploding with flavor on your taste buds.
7 Skillfully Crafted Gin Cocktails
Here are 7 cocktails for 7 days of the week because you don't need a day to celebrate World Gin Day when they're so good every day.
1. Orange And Pepper Twist - by Hemant Mundkar, Brand Ambassador - Bacardi India
50ml Bombay Sapphire
100ml Tonic Water (chilled & freshly opened)
1 Orange Wedge
2 Full grinds of black pepper
Squeeze an orange wedge into a balloon glass.
Add two grinds of black pepper.
Pour in the Bombay Sapphire and swirl the glass to mix and infuse.
Fully fill the glass with cubed ice and stir to mix and chill.
Top with 100ml of tonic water by pouring it gently down the bar spoon to retain as much effervescence as possible.
Gently fold/stir with a bar spoon to combine and serve.
2. Spiced Mule - by Hemant Mundkar, Brand Ambassador - Bacardi India
45ml Bombay Sapphire
15ml Lime Juice
Dashes of aromatic bitter
30ml Ginger Beer
1 Lime wedge
1 Cinnamon stick
Fill a mule mug with ice.
Add 45ml Bombay Sapphire.
Add 15ml lime juice & dashes aromatic bitter.
Top up with 30ml ginger beer.
Garnish with a lime wedge & cinnamon stick and serve.
3. The Wreath - by Tobias Carvalho, Brand Ambassador - India Craft Spirit Co.
60ml TERAI Gin
25ml Lime Juice
25ml Sugar Syrup
3-4 Basil leaves
1 Egg white
Add all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake without ice first to break the protein of the egg white.
Add ice and shake.
Fine strain it in a chilled coupe glass.
Garnish with bitters and a basil sprig and serve.
4. White Blossom - by Shitij Harnwal, Restaurant Manager - Yazu, Goa
60ml Tanqueray Gin
30ml Elderflower syrup
30ml Fresh lime juice
Top with Soda or Tonic Water (90/120ml)
Shake all the ingredients and strain into a glass of your choice.
Garnish with burnt rosemary along with some edible flowers and serve.
5. Pickler's Prescription Highball - by Param, Brand Ambassador - Stranger & Sons
60ml Stranger & Sons Gin
20ml Pickled Apricot Brine
100ml Soda Water
1 Pickled Apricot
Keep a tall/highball glass in the freezer to chill (can be done a few hours prior).
Measure and add Stranger & Sons and the apricot brine to the glass.
Add lots of ice and top it with soda. Give it a light stir.
Garnish with pickled apricot and serve.
6. Cranberry G&T - by Hemant Mundkar, Brand Ambassador - Bacardi India
50ml Bombay Sapphire
30ml Cranberry Juice
70ml Premium Tonic Water
A lime wedge
Fill a balloon glass with ice.
Add 50ml Bombay Sapphire.
Add 30ml cranberry juice.
Top up with 70ml premium tonic water.
Garnish with a lime wedge and serve.
7. French 75
30ml Hendrick's Gin
10ml Sugar Syrup
10ml Lemon Juice
Top with Champagne
Add the gin, sugar and lemon to a cocktail shaker.
Add ice, shake well and fine strain into a flute.
Top with champagne and serve.
Let these cocktails set your summer mood on high spirits.