The Joys of Gin: The Cocktails to Look Out For & Where to Find Them
Kolkata: Introduced to Indians during the early 1900s, and currently one of the hottest liquors around town, Gin has definitely seen massive growth in its fandom in our country. While beer and whiskey had always been “go-to” drinks, the versatile Gin is slowly stealing the spotlight. Three of Kolkata’s F&B game-changers, namely SKAI, PA PA YA & The Salt House have come together to raise a toast to the crowd-pleasing Gin & Tonic with a few of the choicest premium Gins on offer, i.e. the world’s most awarded Gin, Beefeater London Dry Gin as well as the exquisite batch distilled & handcrafted gin from the Black Forest, Monkey 47.
Accurately calling out the unique experience of Gin, Salt House owner Prachi Saraogi says, “At Salt House, we give authenticity a lot of importance. We like our cocktails to have a distinct flavour profile. For our ‘not so regular’ G&T- Gondhoraj & Tonic – we use the most fragrant, traditional, Bengali lemons. Our ice is custom made so that none of the cocktail flavours gets diluted. Paired best with your choice of tonic, our customers have an interactive experience with what we put before them.”
“Our drinks are a curious synthesis of international mixology trends fused with Indian sensibilities; Gin & Tonic defines us perfectly. It’s fascinating how Gin & Tonic both evolved over the years and became the favourite of more & more people every day. We offer a great range of Gin and Tonic – both International and local to our patrons. SKAI COLLINS one of our signature cocktails with Homemade Lime Cordial, Gin with cucumber and Tonic is a super refreshing twist to the Classic.” says Gautam Ghosh, Head of Marketing, SKAI Global Kitchens. Today, the youth and Gen Z are looking to expand their palette and explore the non-traditional alike. This zest to experiment has led bars to dedicate a separate space for Gin, which was formerly seen as an underdog in the backgrounds. Even bartenders are riding the wave and whipping up unique concoctions. It is safe to stay, Gin is undoubtedly in the limelight, and it’s here to stay!
Echoing the same emotions – Aayush Killa, director at Pa Pa Ya exclaims, “We at Pa Pa Ya Kolkata are very encouraged to see the rising trend of Gin in the city of Kolkata. Our Signature Cocktail Spanish Gin Tonic and our in-house range of infused Gins are something that our guests keep coming back for. We have some more interesting Gin cocktails coming up for the city. Till then, hold on!”
With a flavour profile that is pleasantly memorable and a buzz that’s sure to elevate any cocktail, Gin is perfect for brunch! The wide range of recipes that use this spirit is proof in itself of how versatile it is. Pair your Gin with a seafood platter or munch on some fruity berries. Both of these sides will complement your drink perfectly! While the COVID-19 pandemic still lingers, we didn’t want you to miss out. For those who want to enjoy some ‘Gintastic’ cocktails in the comfort of their homes, the chefs have also shared an easy DIY version for the home bartender!
- 1-part Beefeater dry gin
- 3-parts Tonic Water
- 1-wheel Orange
- 1-wheel Lemon
Step 1. Add gin, then half fill the glass with tonic. Now fill the glass with ice. Don’t be shy, the more the better.
Step 2. Take a wheel of lemon and another of orange and get it in the glass.
Step 3. Then top up with tonic and give it a stir. Don’t fuss over it, drink it.
- 50ml Beefeater dry gin
- 20ml lime
- 15ml sugar syrup
- 6-8 mint leaves
Step 1. Drop the gin, fresh lime juice, sugar syrup and the mint leaves into your shaker, then get your arms moving.
Step 2. Fine-strain it into a posh martini glass that’s been chilled. Hold the ice.
Step 3. Garnish with one slapped mint leaf.
- 100ml Beefeater dry gin
- 400ml apple juice
- ½ lemon, sliced
- 1 bay leaf
- 4 cloves
- 2 cardamom pods, lightly crushed
- 1 small cinnamon stick
- 3 juniper berries, lightly crushed
- ½ tsp coriander seeds
- 1 tsp runny honey
For the garnish:
- 4 bay leaves
- 2 lemon slices, halved
Step 1. Divide the gin between four small heatproof glasses or teacups.
Step 2. Tip the apple juice into a saucepan with the rest of the ingredients. Heat gently until simmering, then strain into a jug.
Step 3. Pour the mulled apple juice into the glasses with the gin and stir gently to combine. Garnish each glass with a bay leaf and half a lemon slice and serve warm.