From Nagpur Oranges To Mahua Flowers, The Unique Botanicals Lend Indians Gins Their Distinct Flavours

Sip on the essence of India's rich botanical heritage!

by Mallika Khurana
From Nagpur Oranges To Mahua Flowers, The Unique Botanicals Lend Indians Gins Their Distinct Flavours

In the captivating world of gin, botanicals reign supreme as the artisans of flavour. However, in India’s spirited revolution, botanicals aren’t just ingredients; they’re the soul-stirring essence that transforms gin into a vibrant tapestry of cultural heritage and natural diversity. Here, in the heartlands of India’s gin distilleries, traditional recipes are rewritten, and spirits are infused with the spirit of the land. Explore these distinct botanicals that give Indian gin brands their unique spirits.

Indian Gins Craft A Unique Identity With Local Botanicals

Himalayan juniper berries
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Unlike their traditional counterparts, Indian gins stand out by embracing indigenous ingredients. These ingredients capture the imagination and palate of gin enthusiasts worldwide. These botanicals are expertly curated and utilised across various Indian gin brands, redefining the spirit with a distinctively Indian flair.

Revered as the soul of gin, Himalayan juniper berries lend a unique terroir to Indian gins. For brands like Hapusa and Kumaon & I, these berries are foraged from the pristine Himalayan ranges, infusing the gin with a bold earthiness and pine forest aroma. In Jin Jiji India Dry, the Himalayan juniper serves as the heart and soul of the gin.

Citrus fruits like Galgal and Kinu, indigenous to India, add a vibrant twist to traditional gin recipes. Jin Jiji India Dry balances citrus rind with juniper and sweet spices, creating a harmonious aroma. Baagh Gin, on the other hand, combines Nagpur oranges with lime, crafting a smooth and citrus-forward profile. Indian spices like Timur (Szechuan pepper), coriander seeds, and ginger also infuse Indian gins with complexity and depth. Kumaon & I showcases the berry-like Timur, adding a delightful fusion of fruitiness and spice to the gin. Jin Jiji Darjeeling pays homage to Indian masala chai with a blend of herbs, ginger, and citrus, creating a layered and delightful gin. 

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The Spirit Of India In Every Sip

Darjeeling tea
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Botanicals like Tulsi (holy basil), chamomile, and Mahua flowers also evoke the rich tapestry of Indian flora. Jin Jiji India Dry incorporates Tulsi and chamomile, offering a balanced aroma of sweet spices and citrus. Mohulo pays tribute to India’s botanical diversity with Mahua flowers, infusing the gin with delicate florals and vibrant citrus notes. Cherrapunji Gin, on the other hand, captures the essence of Meghalaya’s rainfall with botanicals sourced from Northeast India, symbolising sustainability and regional identity.

Inspired by India’s tea culture, Jin Jiji Darjeeling infuses single-origin Darjeeling tea into its gin, creating a masterpiece that celebrates the country’s diverse culinary heritage. AER Gin pays homage to Mumbai’s coastal allure by incorporating coastal botanicals like Tamarind, Kokum, and Mangosteen, capturing the city’s essence where the sea meets the land. 

Incorporating these indigenous botanicals, Indian gin brands transcend the ordinary. They also offer drinkers a sensory voyage through the diverse landscapes and cultural tapestries of India. The essence of Indian gins lies in their ability to encapsulate the country’s rich botanical heritage. By sourcing ingredients locally and often sustainably, these gins are pioneering new flavour profiles and supporting local farmers and communities. 

Indian gins are thus much more than just spirits. They are also a celebration of the country’s natural bounty and cultural richness. For gin enthusiasts, exploring these gins offers an opportunity to taste the spirit of India in its most authentic and innovative form. This botanical diversity is what sets Indian gins apart, making them a refreshing departure from the conventional. They are certainly a must-try for anyone looking to expand their gin palate.

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