Spotting trends and our guide to events in Mumbai

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In recent years, the spirit has attracted a newfound following in India. On World Gin Day, experts decipher outstanding trends that will last


G&T by Saz American Brasserie; (right) Lychee tonic from Salt Water Café






The serious gin drinker

Gin maker Anand Virmani, co-creator of Greater Than and Hapusa, believes it’s an exciting time for the industry as the spirit gains prominence. “We’re definitely going to see a lot more limited edition gins coming out and more experimentation from distillers,” he says. Meanwhile, bartenders are also playing around with gin-based concepts.

Anand Virmani in the distilleryAnand Virmani in the distillery

For the past two years, drinkers have been experimenting with gin at home. Virmani is excited to see what happens now that bars open and people start drinking again. “I think the expectations of a cocktail are much higher now because people know more about these drinks,” he reasons. As tastes and lifestyle choices evolve, there’s a shift from classic G&T to gin on the rocks, gin and soda, and martini, which he describes as “a serious gin drink.” For such discerning drinkers, brands will create gin experiences that are more sustainable, particularly in the area of ​​drinking at home. “[With DIY kits and cocktail mixes] The idea is to get people to repeat these drinks for the rest of their lives and not just be a one-off party trick,” he adds.

Extension of the botanical bank

Karina Agarwal

The great thing about gin is that it’s customizable, points out Karina Agarwal, Vice President of TERAI, an Indian craft gin. “We’ve almost made a ritual out of how we consume gin – be it with tonics, mixers, infusions or syrups. So you’re investing more in your drink than just opening a bottle of beer,” she argues, pointing out why the spirit is soaring in popularity. Going forward, the Indian gin renaissance will see a focus on more indigenous ingredients, she believes, be it different types of fruits, spices or vegetables. “The bank of botanicals will expand and we will also see many flavor mixers come into play, whether in the form of tonics or flavored sodas, iced teas and botanical waters.”

Gin on the go

Dhruv Sachdeva

With a rise in boutique gin options, gin drinkers are likely to speak more for the region, assures Dhruv Sachdeva, bar manager at Perch Wine & Coffee Bar. He predicts an era of flavored gins. “People will be interested in not only drinking gin in a bar but also pouring themselves a drink at home. Flavored gins make life easier, especially if you’re having a house party, for example, and you’d like to make a cocktail but need a lot of ingredients,” he explains. The gin market will also see the rise of more and more pre-bottled gin and tonics. “You just have to chill it and consume it. Additionally, the DIY cocktail trend is also here to stay,” notes Sachdeva.

Tonic twist

Niles Patel

As India’s craft gin scene has boomed, so has the tonic water space, shares Nilesh Patel, Head of Beverages (West), Impresario Handmade Restaurants. “It used to be just Schweppes, then came Svami, Jade Forest and many others who are experimenting with flavored tonic waters like elderflower, grapefruit, jamun and more,” he informs us. The mixologist observes that Indian spices are taking center stage in gin culture. Boutique gin distillers use Indian botanicals as base flavors and pairing these gins with Indian spices at the bar is an excellent choice.

Gin on the menu

Gin on the menu

. Perch is hosting a bar takeover with Greater Than, inspired by English artist William Hogarth’s Gin Lane (1751), a work published alongside Beer Street during a campaign against the uncontrolled production and sale of cheap gin. The vibe at the resto-pub will be far less morbid, with new cocktails and interactive activities. But if you want to stir your own drink, get a gin box (pictured above) which they created in collaboration with Hapusa; It includes a bottle of gin, recipe cards, tonic, gondhoraj syrup, camphor syrup, orange slices and more.
ON Today from 8 p.m
AT 12 Union Park, Khar West.
CALL 9321375915
COST Rs 6,006 (gin box)

.Indulge in cocktails like Litchi Tonic, Sage Smash, Gimlet and Cold Brew at the Salt Water Cafe, with Tanqueray taking over the bar.
UNTIL Today, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m
AT Rose Minar, Chapel Street, Bandra West.

.Think you know your gin? Svami is back with the third edition of Gin Drinker of the Year, featuring a virtual happy hour with gin distillers followed by a quiz.
ON June 11th from 6.30 p.m
LOG IN TO svamidrinks.com

Gin on the menu

.Compose your own G&T at the Saz American Brasserie, using your choice of spirit and infusion. Become a bartender and choose your own garnish and tonic too.
A Today and Tomorrow; 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m
AT Ground Floor, Jio World Drive, BKC.

.Check out the citrus passion, cool down your sol, gin-up (insert) and other cocktails at the Smoke House Deli’s gin-dig celebrations.
UNTIL JUNE 11, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. AT BKC,
Colaba, Pali Hill and Lower Parel.

.Jamjar has curated a new month-long gin special menu featuring Basil Smash, Grand Sunset, Red Rider and more.
UNTIL July 15, 9 a.m. to 1 a.m
AT Versova and Bandra.







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