Luxebook June 2023

Kokum Club Bored of drinking the same G&T? Here are some tonic free gin cocktails to try out instead BY SCHENELLE DSOUZA Gin enthusiasts know the best way to enjoy the spirit is in a classic G&T. And while we can’t deny the refreshing appeal of a G&T, there’s only so many ways to spice it up. Gin mixers and sodas are a quick fix for those who despise the taste of tonic water or are simply looking for new ways to enjoy gin. But if you’re looking for innovative ways to spruce up your gin drink for the summers, check out these delicious tonicfree gin cocktail recipes by gifted mixologists below. Ellunda – Jishnu, Head Mixologist, KMC* Ingredients: 50ml Doja Gin 30ml black sesame orgeat 30ml invisible milk 2 dashes of orange blossom water 7 dashes of acids (citric acids, malic acids, tartaric acids) Method: Toasted black sesame seeds are blended with water and added to the gin, invisible milk and orange blossom water. Acids are added to balance the drink. The cocktail is garnished with its namesake, “ellunda,” a black sesame and jaggery ball. Izu Roni – Akash Singh, Bar Manager,Akina Ingredients: 45ml mulberry infused gin 10ml sweet vermouth 7.5ml Campari Garnish: Orange peel Method: Add all the ingredients in a stirring jug over ice. Take an old-fashioned glass and place a big ice cube in the glass. Strain and serve over a big ice cube and garnish with orange peel. Gin Without Tonic Idukki Gold – Bensan Varghese, Head Mixologist, Badmaash Andheri Ingredients: 60ml Tanqueray London Dry Gin 30ml Idukki pineapple saccharum 15ml passionfruit pulp Half a chilli 2-3 fresh basil buds Method: Add all the ingredients in a shaker along with half a chilli, shake vigorously with ice and double strain into a martini glass, garnished and smoked with wood chips Kokum Club – Vineeth Krishnan, Beverage Manager, Pebble Street Hospitality Ingredients: 45ml Beefeater Gin 5ml coconut syrup - 5 ml 17.5ml homemade kokum syrup 22.5ml fresh lemon juice 15ml egg white Garnish - orange zest, orchid flower & kokum dust Method: First wet shake with ice. Put all the ingredients into a shaker. Then dry shake without ice. Double strain into the glassware. Garnish. Ellunda Izu Roni Idukki Gold 36|LUXEBOOK|JUNE 2023 JUNE 2023 |LUXEBOOK|37 COCKTAIL HOUR