Holi Festival, also known as the Festival of Colour, will be celebrated this year between 28th and 29th March 2021. On the first day of this Hindu festival, people traditionally gather around a bonfire and celebrate the triumph of good over evil. On the second day of celebrations, the tradition involves throwing multi-coloured perfumed powder called gulal at friends and family, to create a glorious rainbow in parks and gardens across the globe.
In celebration of Holi Festival, Jaisalmer Indian Craft Gin has created three bespoke cocktail recipes to celebrate at home this year with friends and family. The cocktails have been designed to reflect the traditional colours of gulal paint powder associated with Holi Festival – Red, Yellow and Green. Gulal powder comes in many colours with red symbolising love, yellow symbolising turmeric, green symbolising Spring and blue symbolising Krishna, a mischievous Hindu God.
Rampur Asava Indian Single Malt Whisky, produced in the same distillery as Jaisalmer Gin at the foothills of the Himalayas has also partnered with leading chocolatier, Paul A. Young to create a delicious and colourful chocolate truffle for Holi Festival, Rampur Asava Thandai. Rampur Asava is the world’s first single malt whisky matured in American Bourbon Barrels carefully finished in Indian Cabernet Sauvignon casks.
Why not buy a bottle of Jaisalmer Indian Craft Gin and a box of Rampur Asava Thandai chocolates from Paul A. Young and mix up the following cocktails in celebration of Holi Festival this year!
Rampur Asava Thandai Chocolates RRP: £2 each. Also available in mixed truffle boxes: 4 piece box £7.00 and a 9 piece box £15.50. Available from: www.shop.paulayoung.co.uk or from Paul A. Young Fine Chocolates, 33 Camden Passage, Islington, London N1 8EA
Jaisalmer Indian Craft Gin RRP: £34.95. ABV: 43%
Jaisalmer Festival of Love
50ml Pink Pepper-infused Jaisalmer Indian Craft Gin | 25ml Lillet Blanc | 25ml Aperol or STARLINO Arancione | 25ml Cloudy Apple Juice | 2 Fresh Strawberries Muddled | Soda or Prosecco
Shake ingredients with cubed ice and fine strain into a glass of cubed ice, Top up with Soda or Prosecco.
*To make the Pink Pepper-infused Jaisalmer Gin, infuse 50ml Jaisalmer Gin with 1/4 teaspoon of crushed pink peppercorns for about an hour and then strain.
Jaisalmer Golden Sunset
50ml Jaisalmer Indian Craft Gin | 50ml Pineapple Juice | 12.5ml Lime Juice (half a lime) | 12.5ml Sugar Syrup* | Teaspoon of Grated Fresh Turmeric
Garnish: Pineapple Leaf and Dehydrated Orange Wheel or Lime Wheel
Shake ingredients with cubed ice and fine strain into a glass of cubed ice. Garnish with a pineapple leaf and dehydrated orange wheel or lime wheel.
*Make sugar syrup by combining 200g of caster sugar and 200ml of warm water. Stir until dissolved.
Jaisalmer Indian Spring
50ml Jaisalmer Indian Craft Gin | 25ml Apple Juice | 12.5ml Lemon Juice (half a lemon) | 12.5ml Sencha Green Tea Syrup* | 3 slices of Cucumber muddled
Garnish: Slice of Cucumber and Sprig of Mint
Shake ingredients with cubed ice and fine strain into a glass of cubed ice, garnish with a cucumber slice.
* For the Sencha Green Tea Syrup – Brew 200ml of Sencha Green Tea, strain and combine with 200g caster sugar. Stir until dissolved.