Sakshi Saigal co-founded the Third Eye Distillery in India, producer of Stranger & Sons Gin, with her husband Rahul Mehra and cousin Vidur Gupta. She discovered gin while studying for an MBA in Spain. Interest in and production of craft gin is on the rise in India, and the trio designed the recipe for Stranger & Sons to show off the bounty of their home region, Goa. The distillery has since produced a distilled cocktail, Perry Road Peru, with The Bombay Canteen – a first-of-its-kind drink in India.
Sakshi tells us which gins and cocktail she would take to our desert island.
Gin #1: Isle of Harris Gin
The bottle is absolutely beautiful and the spirit really captures the nature of the island. I admire how they work with divers and seaweed experts and how kelp really stands out, adding a layer of complexity to the gin.
Gin #2: Four Pillars Bloody Shiraz Gin
It’s quite difficult to pick one of the Four Pillars’ gins, but the Bloody Shiraz would be perfect to take to a desert island. It’s extremely refreshing and you can enjoy it just on ice!
Gin #3: Trading Tides Gin
(Stranger & Sons x Four Pillars collaboration)
Created with the main inspiration being the tides and coasts that connect the two distilleries, Trading Tides is the perfect coastal gin. We ‘traded’ ingredients to create a citrus-forward gin that highlights the flavours of Australia such as rivermint, lemon myrtle and more.
Cocktail: Trading Tides G&T
If I could take only one gin cocktail, I would go with a refreshing Trading Tides G&T garnished with a grapefruit wedge. It is light on the palate and brings out the delightful zest of Trading Tides.