Stranger & Sons Indian Spirited Gin
Updated: Jun 30
In a time when new gin seems to be popping up every single day, something has to make the gin different. You need to be able to see the passion and excitement by the founders of the brand. The branding has to be thought out and well executed. It needs to leave a lasting impression, especially when your at a spirits show trying a silly amount of gin.
While attending The Boutique Bar show 2018, I stumbled across a gin that somehow caught my eye. Could have been a few things that drew me in but I can't pinpoint just one. There was a huge crowd around bar. Everyone looked intrigued and the staff looked really engaging. When I approached the bar I was greeted by Sakshi who I later found out was one of the brains behind this gin.
I was amazed by how much thought and detail was put behind Stranger & Sons. They had little books which tells the tale behind the gin and how it came to be. It takes you through the journey of the mystical Tiger who found the Juniper Berries hidden in a sari blouse. Talks you through the botanicals used in the gin and why the Tiger choose them and ends with perfectly strange cocktails to try when you get home.
Sakshi, her husband Rahul and her brother Vidur created this strangely beautiful gin. While Sakshi was studying in Spain she noticed that gin was becoming very popular and was surprised to find out that India hadn't yet caught on to this. Which is odd especially when most the botanicals used are traditional spices used in Indian cooking.
In India the most common spirit to drink is Whisky and this trio thought it was time to change that.
I tried this gin neat and then in two cocktails. I was pretty impressed on first taste. I wanted to compare it to Hapusa ( the only Indian gin I have tried) but no comparison could be made. Both great gins in their own rights.
After I left the Stranger & Sons bar we went on to explore the rest of the show however I couldn't stop thinking about this amazing gin. I was excited for Stranger & Sons and how they were going to change the gin game over in India. A hour or so later I found myself back at the S&S bar wanting to buy a bottle, I just had to have it. They sadly told me its not available to buy in the UK just yet and I would have to wait till next year. I was gutted. It felt like Christmas when Rahul came to find me and gifted me a bottle.
Stranger & Sons is bright, lifted and fragrant on the nose.
Clean , crisp and elegant on the palate with an array of spicy, herbal and exotic layered complexity. Fresh and focused on the finish. A gin full of style, character and personality which provides an interesting twist on classic juniper lead London dry style.
The mythical creature's once secret recipe contains:
Juniper- Found in the hidden pocket of a sari blouse.
Coriander seeds- that got stuck in her paws.
Lemon peel- left to dry in the sun.
Black pepper- stolen from the creeper of a sleeping Banyan.
Angelica root- drawn from the earth in the heaviest monsoon rain.
Liquorice- borrowed from a gambling god-man.
Cassia bark- torn off a tree in a fit of rage.
Nutmeg- received as payment for gin from a Langur.
Mace- the clever Langurs trick to replace nutmeg.
50ml Stranger & Sons Gin
20ml Cocchi Americano
20ml Plum infused Campari
Cut some ripe plums into slices and leave to steep in campari for 24hours.
Poured the ingredients into a mixing jug with some ice and stir.
Pour into glass with a large chunk of ice and garnish with dehydrated orange slice.
50ml Stranger & Sons Gin
18ml Homemade Plum Syrup
20ml Lime Juice
Ms Better Bitters Foamer
Pour ingredients into cocktail shaker and dry shake.
Add Ice and shake.
Double strain into glass.
Garnish with lemon peel.
A Strange Martini
60ml Stranger & Sons
Half a Lime Freshly Squeezed
15ml Serravinci Coconut Liqueur
15ml Elderflower Cordial
Pour everything into cocktail shaker.
Shake your heart out.
Strain into a martini glass.
A Strange Word- Meme Edition
30ml Stranger & Sons
20ml Luxardo Maraschino
20ml Green Chartreuse
30ml Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice
5ml Homemade Cherry Syrup
Stir everything except soda water into mixing glass with ice.
Strain into glass.
Top up the glass with soda water.
A Strange Hot Chocolate
50ml Stranger & Sons
Pinch of Nutmeg
Green & Black 70% Cocoa, 4 squares
150ml Whole Milk.
Bring milk to simmer in a pan.
Add nutmeg, liquorice, cardamom pods.
Stir in chocolate.
Once the chocolate melts take the pan off the stove.
Pour Strange & Sons gin into glass.
Add the hot chocolate to the glass.
Garnish with chocolate shavings.
A Strange Jackfruit Gimlet
60ml Stranger & Sons Gin
20ml Jackfruit Cordial
5ml Homemade Cardamom Syrup
Pour all ingredients into shaker with ice and shake shake shake.
Serve in a coup.
A Stranger Gibson
50ml Stranger & Sons
10ml Dolin Dry Vermouth
1 Barspoon of Pickled Onion Brine
1 Pickled Onion
Pour into a mixing jug with ice and stir.
Stranger & Sons is a beautiful gin that I couldn't speak more highly of if I tried. Works perfectly in a gin and tonic as well as in cocktails. This gin is in my top 10 gins of all time for sure. If you get a chance to try this gin please do.
Since originally writing this blog(2018) I have attended several events hosted by Stranger & Sons. The thought behind each event is so cleverly executed. They truly have me gripped with their story telling and I'm intrigued and curious to see where I will spot the three eyed tiger with one hand, three paws and two tales next.
Stranger & Sons Gin was gifted. However I have brought another bottle. This gin doesn't last long around with Ivan and I.