International Gin and Tonic Day: Up your cocktail game with these unique recipes – Lifestyle Asia India

Amidst the sea of recipes that underline the world of mixology, few promise to produce something as invigorating as a classic gin and tonic number. In honour of International Gin and Tonic Day, we’re sipping our way through some of its more unique renditions.
The past few years have borne witness to what’s now being deemed the gin revolution. Bars across the country have been stirring up the most eclectic set of cocktails featuring the spirit. In part, this is due to its versatility. In fact, its juniper-forward, botanical flavour lends itself well to being paired with a host of ingredients – fruits, spices, herbs, the whole shebang. However, what continues to be a classic order is a gin and tonic. This highball concoction calls for equal parts gin and tonic water. And while that’s refreshing in itself, bartenders have kicked things up a notch by adding their own little twists to the mix to really make the experience of savouring one exciting. We’re exploring a few that are worth an addition to your repertoire.

The makers of the world’s first Indo-Japanese gin know a thing or two about juniper-tonic concoctions. Head distiller Victor De Benito has gone the classic route for his recipe – albeit with a little citrus twist. Perfect for when you’d like some excitement – all while sticking to what works. For starters, DOJA gin comes with notes of sansho peppers, Yuzu, coriander, cardamom, and hinoki – which pack the gin with flavour. Add limes to the mix and you really elevate the spirit’s citrus notes.
Doja gin, lowball glass, tonic water, limes
Gin and tonic recipes
A classic when it comes to gins, Beefeater is no stranger to any connoisseur of this spirit. Its London Dry rendition comes with big juniper character and strong citrus notes. This makes it pair well with zesty oranges. And if you’ve got a particularly scorching day ahead, you can’t go wrong with blending it all with some ice.
60 ml Beefeater London Dry Gin, 15 ml lemon juice, 5 ml sugar syrup, 50 ml tonic water
Gin and tonic recipes
Known to delight patrons with experimental flavours, this beachfront restaurant has arrived to the gin and tonic party with a refreshing concoction. The recipe by the bar manager Ritesh Chaudhary promises delicious floral notes in every sip and works well for elegant affairs, especially at-home brunches.
60 ml gin, 30 ml elderflower syrup, 30 ml fresh lime juice, 120 ml tonic water

The bustling 145 Cafe & Bar is known to deal in adventurous flavours while paying homage to Mumbai’s spirit. The founder Ishaan Bahl is experimental when it comes to gin, adding a fruity twist to his copa glass with a grape rendition. We can’t think of a better way to get the party started.
60 ml gin, 3 Californian grapes, 15 ml lime juice, 15 ml elderflower syrup, 30 ml apple juice, splash of tonic water, mint leaves

A common sight across most bars and restaurants, Bombay Sapphire is near synonymous with gin cocktails. The clean and refreshing spirit is best had as is. However, it works just as well with a range of ingredients. This particular cocktail is an elegant concoction that’s as delicious as it is fragrant.
50 ml Bombay Sapphire gin, chilled tonic water, pink grapefruit wedges, fresh rosemary sprigs
While you could stick closely to the recipes, if you’re feeling a bit adventurous, feel free to add in ingredients and play with garnishes. As always, drink responsibly. Cheers!
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Eshita spends her days writing, rewriting, and thinking of things to write about. In the little time she has left, she daydreams about going on a solo trip across Asia.
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