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Celebrate National Mojito Day with Jaisalmer Indian Craft Gin

Celebrate National Mojito Day on the 11th July with an Indian twist using Jaisalmer Indian Craft Gin – a classic gin distilled at one of India’s oldest distilleries, located in the foothills of the Himalayas.

To make the Jaisalmer Maharaja Mojito fill up a highball glass with ice and pour in 50ml Jaisalmer Indian Craft Gin. Gently smack 6 mint leaves in the palm of your hand to release the oils and add to the glass. Add 15ml fresh lime juice, 50ml bitter lemon and 20ml organic Agave Syrup. Stir gently and garnish with a sprig of mint for a delicious Indian take on the classic Mojito. A top tip used by expert mixologists is to always clap or smack rather than tear the mint to prevent it becoming bitter.

Jaisalmer Indian Craft Gin takes its name from the historic city of Jaisalmer, the Golden City, located in the North West of India in the state of Rajasthan.  Jaisalmer Indian Craft Gin is a triple-distilled spirit, handcrafted in a traditional copper pot still in small batches by Master Distiller Anup Barik at Rampur distillery, one of India’s oldest distilleries, located in the foothills of the Himalayas. The use of botanicals is a time-honoured tradition in India and Jaisalmer Gin’s recipe is derived from the ancient Indian knowledge of herbs.

Seven of the 11 botanicals used in the distillation come from the four corners of India.  The Master Distiller has selected Coriander and Vetiver, a complex spice with intriguing peppery notes, are grown in the fields around Jaisalmer itself, Sweet Orange Peel from Central India which compliments the citrus and floral tones of the gin, Cubeb Berries and Lemongrass from Southern India, Darjeeling Green Tea leaves from Eastern India and Lemon Peel from Western India.  Other botanicals include Angelica Root, Liquorice and Caraway Seeds which lend a spicy, slightly anise-tinged flavour to the gin.  The Master Distiller wanted to retain the classic gin flavour using juniper berries whilst adding a refreshing twist with Indian botanicals.

Jaisalmer Indian Craft Gin is £34.95 for a 70cl bottle available from thewhiskyexchange.com

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