It’s always Gin o’clock somewhere in the world. So, girl, you’re going to love what we’ve got here! A favourite with the ladies, gin as an alcoholic spirit is low in calories, smooth, and makes a great base for fresh and fruity cocktails. Also, it’s the perfect match for the monsoon season because, like whiskey and rum, gin will warm you right up. It’s World Gin Day this 11th of June, and we’re down to be fancy nancies with some restaurant-level drinks at home.
So, we caught up with leading mixologists from the top restaurants in Mumbai and got them to spill the tea (or in this case, the gin), and share cocktails recipes that you can shake and stir up in no time.
Keep your gin up, girls—we’re on the booze cruise.
1. Grapefruit & Mint Cooler as served at Taftoon
- 60ml gin
- 2 or 3 muddle rosemary sprigs
- A handful of pudina (mint) leaves
- 20ml grapefruit syrup
- 60ml fresh grapefruit juice
- 10ml lime juice
- 60ml orange juice
- Top up soda
- A pinch of salt
- Dehydrated orange & mint leaves (for garnish)
- Put all the ingredients together in a cocktail shaker and shake well.
- Top-up your glass, full to the brim
Courtesy Mixologist: Rohit Arawandekar at Taftoon, Mumbai
2. Jamun Sour as served at Dome, Intercontinental
- 60ml gin
- 4 drops fresh jamun
- 4 drops Himalayan Pink Salt Saline Solution
- 2ml lemon juice
- 20ml egg white
- 1 lemon zest
- Add jamun and lemon juice and muddle it to release the flavour of jamun.
- Then add the rest of the ingredients, including the egg white. (For the Himalayan Pink Salt Saline Solution, simply add Himalayan pink salt with equal amounts of water.)
- Dry shake it to aerate the drink.
- Again shake it with ice to chill it nicely.
- Double strain in glass and spray lemon zest on top to release its aroma.
- Pour it into rock glassware and serve chilled.
Courtesy Mixologist: Vikrant Nagaokar at Dome, InterContinental, Mumbai
3. Found In Paradise as served at Kyma
- 2 ounces cucumber and zucchini-infused gin
- 2 ounces fresh grapefruit juice
- 2 ounces grapefruit sparkling water
- ½ tsp honey (replace it with ½ tsp grenadine if you want an ombre effect)
- 1 cucumber “twist”
- 1 small grapefruit wedge (for garnish)
- Cubed ice
- Pop the first five ingredients together and shake them thoroughly.
- Pour in the ice cubes and give it a good shake again.
- Garnish with a grapefruit wedge on top.
Courtesy Mixologist: Avril Gonsalves at Kyma, Mumbai
4. Birdey as served at Yazu
- 60ml gin
- 3 slices fresh green apple
- 20ml ginger honey
- 20ml Italian lemon
- Dry ice
- Tulsi spring, bird egg & nest with thyme (for garnish)
- Take all the ingredients together.
- Muddle shake and then double strain in Bird Glass.
- Garnish with tulsi spring, bird egg and nest with thyme, and rosemary.
- Don’t forget to top it up with dry ice.
Courtesy Mixologist: Suraj Rajak at Yazu, Mumbai
With these gin cocktail recipes, a killer house party is just waiting to happen. Whether you plan to have one drink, or drink-drink (wink, wink), we’ve got you covered—not just for this weekend but for all weekends. So what’s your weekend scene, guys?
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