We thought we would mark Holi Festival, which starts today, with a selection of three Jaisalmer Craft Gin Cocktails you can easily prepare at home.
This popular ancient Hindu festival, which is also known as the “festival of spring”, the “festival of colours” and the “festival of love”, signifies the triumph of good over evil. It is a two-day festival and is perhaps better known for the second day of celebrations, when people throw multi-coloured perfumed powder called gulal at their friends and family!
For those of you not familiar with Jaisalmer Indian Craft Gin, it is a triple-distilled gin, handcrafted in a traditional copper pot still in small batches at one of India’s oldest distilleries.
So, without further ado, here are the three bespoke cocktails that are the perfect colourful drinks with which to celebrate Holi with friends and family at home.
The first cocktail is Jaisalmer Mango Panagam, for which you will need 50ml Jaisalmer Gin, 15ml Mango Syrup, 20ml Lime Juice, some Ginger Ale and Coconut Chips for a garnish.
Add 50ml Jaisalmer Gin and 15ml Mango Syrup into your glass, then cut a lime into quarters and squeeze two wedges into the glass for 20ml of Lime juice. Add cubed ice and top with Ginger Ale, before garnishing with some Coconut Chips.
Second up is the Jaisalmer Spiced Orange G&T, which is made with 50ml Jaisalmer Gin, 15ml Simple Syrup, Aromatic Tonic Water and a dehydrated orange wheel as a garnish.
Add 50ml Jaisalmer Gin and 15ml Simple Syrup into your glass. Next, cut an orange in half and squeeze into the glass. Then add cubed ice and top with some Aromatic Tonic Water and garnish with a dehydrated orange wheel for the perfect G&T.
Last but by no means least is the refreshing Jaisalmer Rose Spritz, which is prepared with 50ml Jaisalmer Gin, 15ml Grapefruit Syrup, 20ml Lime Juice and Rose Lemonade.
Simply add 50ml Jaisalmer Gin and 15ml grapefruit syrup into a glass. Cut a lime into quarters and squeeze two wedges into the glass for 20ml of Lime juice. Then add cubed ice and top with some Rose Lemonade before garnishing with an edible flower.
Simon Burrell is Editor of Our Man On The Ground, a member of The British Guild of Travel Writers and professional photographer.
Photographs courtesy of Jaisalmer Indian Craft Gin