Refreshing spirits to accompany the drizzle
By N. Lothungbeni Humtsoe
New Delhi, Aug 21 (IANSlife) The monsoon is well in swing with cloudy skies painting our windows and the soft pitter-patter of raindrops calming many. To enjoy the monsoon mood one can, indulge in various forms of beverages, however, there is another refreshing option to accompany the drizzle -- tipples!
True to its Japanese craftsmanship, Roku Gin alludes to the impeccable flavours and authenticity of the region. The unique blend artfully balances six unique Japanese botanicals -- Sakura Flower or Yae-Sakura and Sakuna Leaf or Oshima-sakura, which add the floral hints, Sencha Tea and Gyokoru Tea, for the full-bodied aroma, Sansho pepper or Bu-do Sansho, for the spicy notes, and Yuzu Peel, for the sweet citrus fruitiness.
An easy to make yet the flavourful combination of Roku with honey, orange and sansho pepper -- the quintessential spice used in many Japanese preparations and is one of the six key unique botanicals that make up the botanical mix for Roku.
* Roku 45ml
* Honey Water 20ml
* Orange Juice 40ml
* Lime Juice 25ml
* Sansho Pepper Powder -- A pinch for garnish over the drink
Method: Shaken and Strain
Garnish: Sansho Pepper
ROKU's unique Japanese botanicals and matcha green tea bring out the best in each other in this summery Japanese cocktail.
* Roku Gin 45 ml
* Matcha 1/2 tsp
* Matcha Syrup 1 tsp
* Coldwater 45ml
Method: Mix and stir
Glassware: Lowball gin glass
Suntory Whisky Toki
Toki signifies "time" in Japanese. The House of Suntory's fourth Chief Blender Shinji Fukuyo brought the grain component of the blend from the Chita distillery, where the heavy-type grain whisky is distilled only twice on column stills and is sweet and vanilla-rich in its unblended state. He sourced the malt component from the Hakushu distillery, which produces light, fruity malt similar to many Speyside distilleries. These seemingly dissimilar but deeply accordant whiskies, together with select Yamazaki malts for additional depth and complexity gave rise to the exquisite, silky taste, distinctive character and bold innovation of the blended Suntory Whisky Toki.
Infused with Toki whisky and toffee flavoured Okinawa sugar, both sourced from the heart of Japan, the Toki-Yo Mojito exhibits an inimitable mix of ingredients
* Suntory Whisky Toki - 60ml
* Okinawa Sugar - 15ml
* Clarified Lime Juice - 15ml
* Mint Soda
Method: Build the drink in the glass by adding the whisky, Okinawa sugar and clarified lime juice and stir to mix. Add a block of ice and top with mint soda.
Garnish: Lemon juice
Toki Whisky Sour
Reinforcing lemon juice, instead of lime, along with the flavoursome Toki, crafts the special variant of Whisky Sour
* Suntory Whisky Toki - 60ml
* Lemon Juice - 22.5ml
* Sugar Syrup (1:1) - 22.5ml
* Egg white - 1
* Angostura Aromatic Bitters
Method: Add the ingredients except for the whisky into a shaker and 'dry shake' to emulsify the drink. Now add the whisky, ice, and shake well until frothy. Pour into a chilled coupe through a strainer.
Glassware: Chilled Coupe
Garnish: Mist of Angostura Aromatic Bitters
Oaksmithï¿½ Gold is India's first International Blended Whisky, which brings the best of east and west in a bottle. A celebration of craftsmanship and global collaboration, it is a fine balance of smokiness, sweetness and smoothness all put together with world-class Japanese precision.
Inspired by the tangy essence of Rajni Nimbupani, a heart child of one of Goa's most famous sons -- Mario De Miranda.
* Oaksmithï¿½ Gold 50ml
* Bilimbi juice 60ml
* Honey water 30ml
* Sparkling water to top up
Method: Add the Oaksmithï¿½ Gold, Bilimbi juice, and honey water into a tall glass over ice, stir well to mix. Top with sparkling water.
Glassware: Collins or Any tall glass
Garnish: With an edible flower and a small slice of bilimbi.
A fresh and hot tribute to the OG of Coffee -- the much-beloved filter coffee. This inspired recipe is bound to take one on a nostalgic journey.
* Oaksmith Gold 50ml
* Coconut Milk 50ML
* Filter Coffee Decoction 30ML
* Dark Jaggery Syrup 45ML
Method: Add all the ingredients together in a shaker with ice and pass the liquid between the two shakers to mix. Just like how a professional coffee maker would 'throw' filter kaapi between two mugs. This will bring in a nice element of theatre into your drink.
Glassware: Filter Coffee service ware
Jim Beam is the World's No. 1 selling Bourbon Whiskey, and has been crafted by one family for seven generations. It is aged for 4 years, double of what the law requires, for a fuller, smoother taste and a clean, flavourful finish. The smooth, flavourful, sweet taste makes it a perfect choice for cocktails and mixed drinks.
Double Oak Whiskey Smash
From brunches and lunches to backyard barbecues and garden parties, this breezy, whiskey smash cocktail is full of toffee-caramel flavour and oaky vanilla notes, with a hint of bright citrus acidity. It pairs well with warm summer nights and just about anything you can throw on the grill.
* 2 parts Jim Beamï¿½ Double Oak
* Half of 1 Lemon
* 1 tablespoon Sugar, Granulated
* 7-8 leaves Mint, Fresh
* 1 cup Ice, Crushed
Method: Place the mint, lemon, and sugar in a cocktail shaker. Muddle together until the sugar has dissolved and the lemon has expressed its juices. Add the whiskey, cover, and shake for 30 seconds. Transfer mixture to an Old Fashioned glass. Top with crushed ice and garnish with a sprig of mint.
Glassware: Old Fashioned glass
Garnish: Sprig of mint
Bourbon Milk Punch
Nothing beats a glass of milk, especially if it's a bourbon milk punch. This slushy vanilla bourbon drink is rich, sweet, and incredibly tasty. A touch of nutmeg complements the notes of caramel in Jim Beam Bourbon, while whole milk adds a decadent twist.
* 3 parts Whole Milk
* 2 parts Half and Half
* 1 1/2 parts Jim Beamï¿½ Original
* 1 part sifted Sugar, Powdered
* Vanilla Extract
* Fresh Grated Nutmeg
Method: In a pitcher, whisk together milk, half-and-half, bourbon, sugar and vanilla. Freeze until slushy and ready to serve. Stir before serving it in a chilled glass, finished with a few gratings of fresh nutmeg.
Glassware: Rocks glass
Garnish: Cinnamon Stick
(N. Lothungbeni Humtsoe can be contacted at [email protected])