Gin is so popular that having an entire day dedicated to everyone’s favourite spirit doesn’t seem like an exaggeration. Which is why we’re celebrating World Gin Day today with this collection of gin cocktails curated by Diageo brand ambassadors and one cocktail from bartender Santosh Kukreti.
Celebrated since 2009, World Gin Day is always the second Saturday in June, founded by gin connoisseurs Neil Houston and Emma Stokes. The event began as a day to commemorate this wonderful concoction by getting people together to explore, experiment and enjoy a glass of their most loved liquid. Without doubt, gin is one of the most popular spirits in India and rightly so, considering that gin and tonic was born right in this country.
Kick back and enjoy your weekend with one of these gin cocktails and get into the spirit of #WorldGinDay.
1 – Classic Tanqueray & Tonic
Let’s start with a normal gin and tonic to begin proceedings.
50 ml Tanqueray London Dry Gin or any other gin of your choice
150 ml Indian Tonic Water
Fill a large wineglass with ice
Pour in Tanqueray and tonic water
Garnish with fresh citrus slices – you can choose between oranges, lemon, lime or even mosambi
2 – Mango & Gin
We’re still in the throes of summer so this cocktail seems close to heart at this time.
45 ml Tanqueray London Dry Gin
150 ml Tonic
30 ml Mango juice
2 mint spring
1 Star Anise
2 pieces Raw Mango
Add the gin and mango juice to a glass and stir. Then tap the mint spring and add the star anise. Fill the glass with crushed ice, top it up with tonic and stir well. Garnish with Mint Spring and Raw Mango
3 – Berry G&T
Berries make the world go round so why not add them to your cocktail and feel their punch as well?
60 ml London Dry Gin
30 ml Cranberry juice
10 ml Lime juice
60 ml Tonic
60 ml Soda
1 Fresh Thyme
To a glass add the gin, cranberry juice, lime juice. Tap the thyme, fill the glass the ice, top it up with tonic, soda and stir well. Garnish with a thyme spring
Pro Tip: You could also freeze some berries and flowers from your garden in ice and add it to make #GardeninMyGlass – the theme selected for this year by Diageo.
4 – Citrusy Sweet G&T
Botanicals and citrus are a match made in heaven and this drink will remind you exactly how delicious this cocktail is.
45 ml Tanqueray London Gin
175 ml Tonic
2 Lime slices
5 Raspberry or any other berry of your choice
Add the gin, lime, raspberry to a glass. Fill the glass with ice, top it up with tonic and stir well
Garnish with lime and raspberry
5 – Doctor’s Advice
This delicious and healthy cocktail is well on its way to becoming a modern classic; at least that’s what bartender Santosh Kukreti, who now heads b.art.tenders, an advanced bartending academy in Mumbai, is hoping for.
60 ml Raw Turmeric Infused Gin
25 ml Black Pepper and Ginger Honey
25 ml Lime Juice
Shake and double strain the ingredients in a G&T glass and top with a splash of tonic water. You can even use soda to make it sugar free.
To make Turmeric Infused Gin, muddle a small raw turmeric and infuse a bottle of gin for 30 minutes. Fine strain and bottle the infused gin.
To make Black Pepper and Ginger Honey, take 150 ml water and boil it with 1 grated ginger and 1 small pinch of black pepper powder. Fine strain and mix with 300 ml of honey to make the spice-infused honey.
Which of these cocktails are you excited to try? Let us know in the comments below.
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