in celebratory spirit
As the party season beckons it will be time to raise a toast to the upcoming festivities as a bevy of international spirits make their debut. Here’s presenting a curtain-raiser to the latest luxury spirits that will
make a splashy entry onto the bar shelves this season, and funky cocktail recipes to help you add cheer to your own party
JOHN MEDLEY’S KENTUCKY STRAIGHT BOURBON WHISKEY
Matured in traditional charred Kentucky oak barrels, John Medley’s whiskey is full-bodied as well as soft and mild spirit. Dark amber in colour with scents of wood, combined with spicy facets and sweet hints of vanilla make for a perfectly matched aroma-flavour symphony.
Incredibly rich and mellow in taste and finish, this whiskey is simply splendid on the rocks, and also lends itself easily to a variety of cocktails, adds Tarun Sibal, country head, John Medleys. This six year-old blend works wonderfully with fragrant Indian dishes like Kachche Gosht ka Pulao on account of its spicy undertones or as a great accompaniment to the finest Havanas.
Medley’s Ginger Ale
Ginger ale 120 ml
Lemon wedge 1
Build the drink in a Collins glass over ice. Garnish with a lemon wedge.
PUSCHKIN WHIPPED CREAM VODKA
Incredibly smooth on the palate, Puschkin’s Vodka (which is named after Alexander Puschkin, one of Russia’s most famed writers), this vodka is made from the purest spring water using a unique ice filtration process. The Crystal Clear variant, when blended with the sweet taste of homemade whipped cream creates an unmistakable sweet aroma and creamy flavour that always goes down smoothly. A chilled shot of Puschkin’s Whipped Cream is imminently enjoyable served chilled, on its own due to its distinctive aroma luxurious smoothness; it also adds a delectable sweet creaminess to Martinis and other cocktails. Puschkin”s Whipped Cream is a great party starter, a fun complement to finger foods and starters like Gorgonzola Stuffed Mushrooms and Sundried Tomato Bruschetta.
Mule in the Bears Shadow
Puschkin 50 ml
Ginger ale to top
Ice and slices of cucumber
In a moscow mule mug, add the ingredients in the same order. Squeeze and drop two wedges of lime
BERENTZEN PEACH AND APPLE LIQUEUR
Made in Germany from the finest wheat spirits and natural fruit derivatives, Berentzen’s fruit liqueurs in flavours of peach and apple add a generous dash of sun-kissed deliciousness to celebrations all year round. The peach liqueur that features the essence of sun-ripened German peaches is sweet and irresistibly evocative of the fruit itself. With just the barest hint of piquancy, these schnapps offer you a clean flavour with citrus balance and a crisp finish. Golden Apple is made on a wheat grain base with exquisite, fresh apples creating a balanced sweetness that is moderate in acidity and bears a full-bodied fruitiness thus providing a long-lasting finish. Both liqueurs work great as shooters, as well as a base for trendy cocktails, and offset appetisers like Canapés such as Blinis with sour cream and caviar or creamy Salmon Mousse-stuffed Ciabatta sticks.
Peach on the Beach
BerentzenGolden Apple 30ml; Medley’s 30ml;
Cinnamon syrup 10ml;
Lime juice 15ml; egg white
Dry shake without ice, all the ingredients. Add ice in the shaker and shake well. Pour over ice and garnish with golden apples.
MOUNT GAY RUM
One of the oldest rums in the world, Mount Gay Rum is the result of a harmonious marriage between thricefiltered coral reef enriched water and Barbadian sugar molasses, considered among the best in the world. This then double distilled in single column and double copper stills, before maturing in old Kentucky oak casks previously used for ageing Bourbon whiskey, thereby lending the rum a beautiful woodiness and a hint of sweetness. Mount Gay’s XO variant has aromas of ripe banana and toast, followed by notes of vanilla, pastry and warm spice. XO’s maturation process makes it rich, sharp and oakey to taste, while the body is rounded with a smooth finish.’ XO is an opulent blend, aged 8-15 years”, says Rukn Luthra, MD, Remy Cointreau India.’ While the Eclipse variant is floral and fruity, Extra Old blends significantly older barrels of double pot distillates that have rounded these crisper notes into a subtler balance’, he adds. Dark gold hued, this spirit with indelibly tempting aromas makes a brilliant match for classic European inspired entrees-versatile enough to pair with meat, seafood or vegetables when added to cocktails. Pair with a Coq au Vin, Seafood Scampi or a Vegetable Fricasse for a truly elevated epicurean experience or just simply
enjoy a shot with a chilled Cola, by itself.
Extra Old Fashioned
1 1/2 oz of mount gay extra old
2 dashes of angostura bitters
Teaspoon of sugar
In a mixing glass, lightly muddle the orange peel with the rum and the sugar. Remove peel. Add bitters and ice; stir until chilled. Pour over fresh ice in an old fashioned glass with the orange slice garnish and a cherry.
JACK DANIELS TENNESSEEHONEY
Crafted from Jack Daniels Old No 7 Tennesse whiskey, this new version is mingled with a proprietary honey liqueur. “D Tennesse Honey brings together two complementary tastes in a new way. The quality and character of this is in keeping with the fine tradition of JD that has American whiskey lovers abuzz everywhere,” says Ajay Jha, Western India Marketing Head, Brown Forman. Jeff Arnett, JD Master Distiller and creator of JDTH noted whilst creating this new offering that the flavour characteristics of honey greatly complemented JD’s uniquely smooth, charcoal-mellowed character, with hints of honey and other natural nuances that jointly created a complex taste profile.
Jack Daniels Ginger-lemonade
Jack Daniels Tennessee honey whiskey 30ml;
Ginger ale 150ml;
Few drops lime juice
Shake all the ingredients together and pour on ice to serve in a high ball glass. Garnish with a lemon wedge and serve.
Evocative of a tantalising tanginess, Svedka Citron has a base of vodka that boasts a five stage distillation and is procured from the finest Swedish winter wheat. This is then imbued with the natural flavours of sharp, citrusy Mexican limes and California lemons that give it a distinct, citrusy aroma. This vodka is ultra-smooth, with a pronounced tang of freshness to it. Simply amazing flavour and fragrance is what it brings to the vast array of cocktails it can be used to enhance.
Citron Silk Kimono
2 parts Svedka Citron
½ part pineapple juice
½ part fresh lime juice
½ part Midori
Splash simple syrup
Dash Angostura Bitters
Combine all ingredients in a blender. Add ½ cup of crushed ice last.Blend on high for 10 seconds and scoop into a glass.