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6 Indian Cocktails That Give a True Taste of the Exotic

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Jaisalmer Gin

Without India there would be no such thing as the gin and tonic we all know and love today.

The cocktail is said to be invented by the army of the British East India Company back the early 19th century as a way of getting the soldiers to take quinine in order to prevent malaria.

By adding a mixture of water, sugar, lime and gin to the quinine made the drink more palatable and so gin and tonic was born.

Indian spices have become a crucial part of making the gin we drink today. The exports from India to London influenced the recipe of the London Dry gin and ensured India’s legacy in gin making.

Jaisalmer Gin is the perfect partner to Indian cocktails. It is a triple-distilled neutral grain spirit, re-distilled in a traditional copper pot still; the recipe handcrafted in a time-honoured way.

Derived from the ancient Indian knowledge of herbs 7 of the 11 botanicals used in the distillation of Jaisalmer Gin have been sourced from all four corners of India.

6 Indian Cocktails to Try

The Jaisalmer Negroni

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Ingredients:

  • 25ml Jaisalmer Indian Craft Gin
  • 25ml Sweet vermouth
  • 25ml Campari

Method:

  1. Stir all the ingredients over ice in a rocks glass for
    around 20 seconds, until chilled.
  2. Top with ice and garnish with an orange peel twist.

Black Buck G & Tea

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Ingredients:

  • 50ml Jaisalmer Indian Craft Gin
  • 100ml Darjeeling green tea
  • 15ml lemongrass syrup
  • Lemon juice
  • Pinch of matcha green tea powder
  • Ice

Method:

  1. Fill a Hi Ball glass with ice and pour in Jaisalmer Gin.
  2. Add freshly brewed cold Darjeeling tea, fresh lemon
    juice and finally top with homemade lemongrass syrup
    and a pinch of Matcha green tea powder.
  3. Stir gently.

(To make lemongrass simple syrup – add 500g of sugar
to 500ml hot water and add 2 sticks of lemongrass into
sugar syrup to infuse)


Maharaja Mojito

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Ingredients:

  • 50ml Jaisalmer Gin
  • 20ml organic agave syrup
  • 15ml fresh lime juice
  • 6 mint leaves
  • 50ml bitter lemon

Method:

  1. Fill up a glass with ice and pour in Jaisalmer Gin.
  2. Clap 6 mint leaves and add to the glass.
  3. Add fresh lime juice, bitter lemon and agave syrup.
  4. Stir gently and garnish with a mint sprig.

The Jaisalmer Peppertini

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Ingredients:

  • 50ml Jaisalmer Gin
  • 20ml pink peppercorn syrup
  • 20ml fresh lemon juice
  • 40ml pink grapefruit juice

Method:

  1. Pour Jaisalmer Gin, peppercorn syrup, fresh lemon
    juice and pink grapefruit juice into a shaker.
  2. Shake and double strain into a pre-chilled coupe
    glass.

(To make peppercorn syrup: add crushed pink
peppercorns to a simple Monin sugar syrup to
infuse)


The Golden Fort

Ingredients:

  • 50ml Jaisalmer Gin
  • 15ml lime juice
  • 10ml cinnamon syrup
  • 50ml cloudy apple juice
  • Sliced green apple
  • Nutmeg (optional)
  • Ice

Method:

  1. Pour Jaisalmer Gin over cubed ice.
  2. Add fresh lime juice, cinnamon syrup and cloudy
    apple juice.
  3. Garnish with an apple fan of 3 slices and add grated
    nutmeg on top (optional).

The Jaisalmer Indian Gin & Tonic

Ingredients:

  • 50ml Jaisalmer Gin
  • 125ml Fever Tree Indian Tonic Water
  • Orange peel
  • Ice

Method:

  1. Fill a Copa glass with ice.
  2. Add Jaisalmer Gin and top up with Fever Tree Indian
    Tonic Water.
  3. Add an orange peel twist.

All Indian cocktail recipes and images kindly supplied by Jaisalmer Gin.