Gincredible: Homegrown Gins & What To Pair Them With

    Ah, gin. Such a versatile and exciting spirit of choice and the fact that we have recently been bombarded with so many Indian gin brands makes us so, so happy! They’re all unique and depending on the manner in which they have been distilled or processed, equally different in their strengths, tones and tastes. Get to know these brands and make sure you also give our pairing suggestions a go, while you’re at it don’t forget to keep your gin up! Heads up though, a lot of them have just launched, and are yet unavailable in the market. So plan your drinking party, but not just yet for them all! 

    Greater Than

    Pair Your Greater Than Gin With Svami Progressive Drinks

    Pair Your Greater Than Gin With Svami Progressive Drinks

    ₹ 1020

    India's first craft gin is also one of our favourite gins in the market currently. Greater Than's gin is a London dry gin in style and nine different botanicals come together to make this gin quite citrus-happy. Besides Juniper, which is the botanical that makes the alcohol gin, there are coriander seeds, Angelica and orris roots, ginger, lemongrass, fennel, chamomile and orange peels. If you need a drinking partner, anyone from team LBB will be happy to oblige. Our favourite way of having this is in the classic G&T style. For the tonic, pick up a case of tonic water from Svami Progressive Drinks, which you can get on Shop On LBB. Try the Cucumber Tonic Water. 

    Stranger & Sons

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    Conceived and created in Goa, Stranger & Sons' London dry style of gin has everything from India (go #VocalForLocal), apart from juniper and angelica, and we love the spices in the mix. Loaded with Gondhoraj limes, coriander, black pepper and cassia bark, you'll feel all warm and fuzzy with pepper, nutmeg and a hint of citrus with every sip of this one. Once you're done with the immediate taste, expect a sweet yet cinnamon lingering flavour. Which brings us to our favourite style of drinking this -- 60 ml (or more up to you, we don't judge, we just drink) of gin, 30 ml of Swa Artisanal Syrups' Orange Mint syrup and some ice. 

    Gin Gin

    Drink Gin Gin With Ginger Beer From Gunsberg

    Drink Gin Gin With Ginger Beer From Gunsberg

    ₹ 474

    We already raved about this new gin here. But we cannot get over how it’s India’s first hemp gin! Distilled using nine botanicals juniper, coriander, lavender, rosemary, caraway seeds, cinnamon, lemongrass and butterfly pea flower, and of course, hemp, it’s also India’s first single shot vapor-infused gin, making it more of an exciting prospect to sit back and enjoy. Created by Shubham Khanna, who is just 24 years old, we can’t wait to try the Gin Gin Gin Gin Mule, which is the regular Gin Gin Mule, but using Gin Gin! This means we’re going to pair it with equally cool and exciting ginger beer from Gunsberg.  

    Terai

    Mix Terai With Sepoy & Co

    Mix Terai With Sepoy & Co

    ₹ 1140

    Made in Rajasthan, Terai is an Indian Dry gin that is a modern version of the London Dry. This one uses 11 botanicals, Obviously there is juniper berries, tulsi, coriander, fennel, lemon peel, orange peel, lavender, rose, angelica and orris root. For this one, we hear a proper Martini bring out the flavour so we highly recommend you have that too since the gin itself has a hint of sweet, spicy and a little citrusy too. Check out the cap of this one. It’s a nod to the craft from Channapatna that is famous for lacquerware, and is exactly like one of those beautifully coloured wooden toys, reminiscent of old-school kids’ nurseries! Pair with the Sepoy & Co if you are in Delhi and can get your hands on this Indian Tonic Water. 

    Samsara

    Shake Up Samsara With Franklin & Sons Tonic

    Shake Up Samsara With Franklin & Sons Tonic

    Expected to be available in Goa and abroad only when it is in the market, Samsara too is a gin that has hemp seeds (from the Bombay Hemp Company). Another in the classic London Dry Gin style, this one has rose petals, vetiver grass, green cardamom and juniper. While we’re still to try this one as well, the plan is to kick back with gin and tonic, courtesy Franklin & Sons!

    Hapusa

    Nothing Like Some Popcorn To Go With Hapusa

    Nothing Like Some Popcorn To Go With Hapusa

    ₹ 175

    Now we all know that the star ingredient in any gin is the juniper berry. But did you know that Hapusa (Sanskrit for juniper) is the world's first dry gin made with Himalayan juniper? Well, if this doesn't make Hapusa gin interesting, the fact that only native India botanicals go into it, certainly will. Ingredients like turmeric, mango, ginger, cardamom, coriander seeds, gondhoraj limes and almonds sourced from Tamil Nadu, Goa and Kolkata together with the very special berries make their way into a 1000-litre copper pot to distill out this beauty. So, this means this a truly #vocalforlocal whether in its ingredients or name, drink! If you're looking for the right munchie accompaniment, we suggest the Himalayan Salt Caramel Popcorn from 4700BC Popcorn. Himalayan on Himalayan, eh? Shop for it on LBB. Happy munching and gulping!

    Jaisalmer Gin

    Swa Artisanal Berry Syrup

    Swa Artisanal Berry Syrup

    ₹ 520

    From the house of Radico Khaitan, one of the oldest whisky distillers in India comes Jaisalmer Gin, a triple-distilled neutral grain spirit. This one has a refreshing flavour and uses 11 Indian botanicals, the likes of coriander, vetiver, sweet orange peel, lemongrass, Darjeeling green tea leaves and cubeb pepper. If you're wondering how it tastes, aside from the juniper taking centerstage, there are hints of liquorice and citrus too. This makes Jaisalmer Gin ideal in an exotic cocktail. We're using the Swa Artisanal and Natural Passion Fruit Tea or Summer Berries cordial to whip up ours!