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Cheers to Mumbai’s pink guava

Stranger & Sons x The Bombay Canteen’s small-batch gin cocktail in a bottle is getting a second run, and extra of us are invited to the occasion

The first version of Perry Road Peru was supposed to take Mumbai by storm final yr, however by the point the nation’s first-ever distilled cocktail in a bottle — a collaboration between Stranger & Sons and The Bombay Canteen (TBC) — was launched in November, so much had modified. With eating places shut, the Pink Guava Chilli drink, a lockdown child, was offered by way of dwelling supply and retail orders.

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A yr later, a second (and apparently ultimate) batch of Perry Road Peru has been distilled. Named after the perus (guava in Marathi) chosen from carts on Bandra’s Perry Road, the brand new batch can be offered in six cities: Mumbai, Goa, NCR, Bengaluru, Rajasthan and Hyderabad. Deliveries roll out this month.

Sakshi Saigal, Vidur Gupta, and Rahul Mehra of Stranger & Sons
 
| Photo Credit: Assad Dadan

Before that, nonetheless, the collaborating duo is planning a sequence of ‘travelling meals’, pairing Indian flavours with the pink guava gin’s distinct sweetness. Chef Hussain Shahzad of TBC can be serving up dishes that signify Bandra and native produce. In Mumbai, the menu consists of crispy bhel with pork floss, whereas at Bengaluru’s pop-up this weekend, diners can attempt black garlic handvo toast, podi b**f tartare, and extra.

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Perus for all seasons

Rahul Mehra, co-founder of Third Eye Distillery, the corporate behind Stranger & Sons, says, “It was only supposed to be a one-year release; a limited edition batch for 2020. But because we weren’t able to expand it to an all-India programme [as we wanted to] because of the lockdown, we thought of giving it a comeback.”

Perry Road Peru bottled cocktail

Perry Road Peru bottled cocktail
 
| Photo Credit: Assad Dadan

How did the concept come about? “Both TBC and Stranger have been advocating for the cocktail scene in the country. So, when we came together, we wanted to figure out if there was a way to do a bottled cocktail.” They regarded into the themes of India and nostalgia that permeate each model choices, and zeroed in on guavas. “Having guavas with chillies growing up was a memory that both teams had, so we thought it would be a great ingredient to create the first cocktail with,” he says, including that he and the workforce joke about shopping for up town’s complete guava inventory to bottle the cocktail this yr.

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In a post-pandemic social house the place we’re consuming at dwelling extra, the spicy-sweet providing, with notes of citrus, is excellent. More so with the nation focussing much more on gin now. The spirit has “piqued a lot of people’s interests”, says Mehra, particularly due to the vary of botanicals obtainable. It can also be “easy to reflect what your gin should be, based on where you’re making it” — like Mumbai’s pink guavas bringing a richer story, underlined by the place’s historical past and cultural associations.

Team Stranger & Sons x The Bombay Canteen: (L to R) Vidur Gupta, Sameer Seth, Sakshi Saigal, Rahul Mehra, and Yash Bhanage

Team Stranger & Sons x The Bombay Canteen: (L to R) Vidur Gupta, Sameer Seth, Sakshi Saigal, Rahul Mehra, and Yash Bhanage
 
| Photo Credit: Assad Dadan

Two’s higher than one

Across the spectrum, India’s liquor manufacturers have been upping their collab sport and retaining customers . Whether it’s Greater Than’s No Sleep, a collaboration with Sleepy Owl Coffee earlier this yr, or Moët Hennessy current partnership with Svami Drinks to create customized mixers for 3 of their signature spirits — Hennessy, Glenmorangie and Belvedere — which are being distributed for a restricted time together with buy. For these searching for a caffeine kick, Mumbai roastery Subko collaborated with Pumori Gin to age beans alongside the gin model’s botanicals, which they’re now utilizing to make espresso that’s obtainable at present at each their places within the metropolis.

There’s extra deliberate with Stranger & Sons too, because the model plans to launch one other collaboration earlier than the yr ends. Mehra is tight-lipped, however guarantees two new bottles which are positive to be snapped up by dwelling drinkers. All he hints at, because the collab is worldwide, is that “we made our recipes on Zoom”.

A bottle of Perry Road Peru prices ₹2,999 in Mumbai. This weekend’s pop-up in Bengaluru is at The Courtyard in Shanti Nagar, from 7 pm. ₹4,950 per individual. Details of the opposite meals on thebombaycanteen.com.

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