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52 Drinks 52 Weeks - Mead

52 Drinks 52 Weeks – Mead

Do you know what the Vyasa, Ram-Laxman, Pandavas, GoT, and Sacred Games lads were sipping on? MEAD. This fermented honey drink, possibly of Indian origin, has been around for centuries. Pune-based Moonshine Meadery is putting it back on the shelves. Sommelier Gagan SHARMA visits the meadery and meet with the mad bunch of creators and their minions to find out

Conversations with IWBS - Aneesh Bhasin

Conversations with IWBS – Aneesh Bhasin

Ace lensman, cigar enthusiast, sneakerhead, and the co-founder of Svami Drinks, Aneesh BHASIN juggles many hats. He founded one of India’s first online apps for alcohol called Hipcask before co-founding Svami Drinks, India’s first premium brand of Indian tonic water. He is a gentleman of fine tastes and many accomplishments and it was a pleasure to catch up with him

52 Drinks 52 Weeks - Negroni

52 Drinks 52 Weeks – Negroni

Amongst the all time favourite cocktail of mixologists and barkeeps around the world is the humble Negroni. A 100 year old recipe of simple equal parts of Gin, Vermouth, and bitters, is savvy, sophisticated, and its history crosses oceans.  Origins of Negroni Much like any classic there are many stories. The most agreed upon one, however,  begins in 1919 at Caffe

Conversations with IWBS - Charnelle Martins

Conversations with IWBS – Charnelle Martins

I’m an Alcobev Scientist and Distiller working as Head of Distillery Operations for Stranger & Sons Gin at Third Eye Distillery, Goa. I’ve done my masters in Food and Alcohol Biotechnology and IBD Dip. Distillers exams in UK and an overall alcohol geek. I’ve worked with the Scotch Whisky Research Institute, Edinburgh and Diageo India on all things whisky before

52 Drinks 52 Weeks - Sidecar

52 Drinks 52 Weeks – Sidecar

Here’s a riddle. It’s the 1st World War, we are in Paris. An army captain goes to a bar and orders a drink. The bartender concocts one. The captain asks, whats the drink called. The tender looks at his motorbike and names the drink after it. What was the drink called? It was called Sidecar. History of Sidecar The sexy

Conversations with IWBS - Khushnaz Raghina

Conversations with IWBS – Khushnaz Raghina

I am a Malt Advocate, beverage trainer, consultant, whisky lover, story teller, cocktail enthusiast!! Khushnaz boasts 9 years of work experience in the Hospitality Industry, including stints with the JW Marriott Pune, Trident Hotel Mumbai and Gurgaon and her fifth year as Diageo’s Reserve Brand Ambassador. “I’ve had the pleasure to work with some of the finest personalities in the

52Drinks52Weeks - Rum

#52Drinks52Weeks – Story of Rum

The origin of rum can be traced to India or China and the surrounding regions of South East Asia where sugarcane was mostly grown. Marco Polo mentions having some in his 14th century logs and Malay people are known to have been drinking rum since 1000AD. The modern day rum was possibly first distilled on the Caribbean islands where slaves

Conversations with IWBS - Varun Sharma

Conversations with IWBS – Varun Sharma

Varun Sharma is the Beverage Manager at Comorin. He is responsible for overseeing Comorin‘s unique beverage program that includes craft cocktails, house made liquors and infusions, as well as a distinctive range of coffee, tea, and soft beverages. Varun has over 12 years of experience in the beverage industry, with highlights including his role as Head Bartender and Mixologist at

#TippleTalk - COVID-19 pandemic: Future of Fine Dining

#TippleTalk – COVID-19 pandemic: Future of Fine Dining

From chefs and sommeliers to mixologists and servers, a large part of the fine dining experience is the human element. Remove that and what is left behind is barely a reflection of its grander stately version. A few months ago, as I was enjoying my course of pasta before the mains were scheduled to arrive, the maître-d’hôte came along and

#52Drinks52Weeks - Barolo

#52Drinks52Weeks – Barolo

King of Wines and Wines for the Kings, Barolo is Italy’s pride. But did you know it wasn’t always red, it wasn’t always dry. It was sweet and sparkling. With time it has evolved and now rule palates and imaginations the world over, like a king. On the Northwestern edge of Italy are the hills of Piedmont, which in Italian