Celebrate World Gin Day with these 8 new varieties of spirits
India’s gin revolution is still going strong with new varieties hitting the market every few months. While most are primarily produced in Goa, their distinct taste and flavor have left drinkers with their favorites. “Over the past two years, the Indian market has launched many new gin labels. Speaking of trends, small-batch craft gins are enticing consumers with their herbal flavors and native botanicals. Because of this, gin sales have skyrocketed, even surpassing sales of many other spirits,” says Dinesh Kathuria, co-founder of The Liquor Store (TLS), a premium liquor gallery and tasting room.
If gin is your spirit of choice, we’ve put together a list of the latest attendees to stock up for this World Gin Day. And if you’re looking for the perfect foods to go with your drink, Yangdup Lama, one of India’s top mixologists, recommends canapes, salads, or foods with simple, subtle flavors. “When the gin is bold, you can opt for dishes with more intense flavors like Indian or Mexican,” he adds. So take your pick and toast.
Stranger & Sons x Four Pillars
Stranger & Sons, one of the first brands to make contemporary craft gins in India from local ingredients, has released two new limited edition gins. This time they collaborated with Four Pillars, an award-winning Australian distillery, and the result is a blend of Indian and Australian botanicals that find their way into our gin bottles. Trade tides, a dry coastal gin, is distilled with Australian lemon myrtle, aniseed myrtle and river mint and Indian flavors of mangosteen, kokum and tamarind. The flavors are lemony and refreshing on the palate. Gin spice trade, on the other hand, has bold flavors with hints of turmeric, lime, teppal, long peppers, red chili and black cardamom. Both gins are available in Karnataka, Maharashtra and Goa, and will soon be launched in Delhi.
more than no sleep
If you love gin but can’t live without your coffee, this variation blends your two favorite drinks into one. The result of a collaboration between Greater Than gin and Sleepy Owl coffee, the No sleep The variant is a limited edition available in Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka and Delhi. Made from 100% Arabica from Chikmagalur, the coffee is a medium roast, cold brew with notes of red cherries, salted caramel and hints of pink peppercorn. When added to clear spirit, the result is a dark-hued beverage that is intoxicating with the herbal and coffee infusion. Keeping in mind the flavor profile, more than no sleep is best consumed with plain tonic water, ice, and an orange wedge.