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Maharani Gin: A Flavour Fusion from Kerala to Cork

Introducing Maharani Gin - A fusion of two creative cultures, Maharani is a gin of transcendent taste, celebrating it's founders’ roots; hand crafted in Cork, Ireland, with botanicals from Kerala, India.

Founders Robert and Bhagya Barrett combined their distinct backgrounds of Cork and Kerala respectively, as well as their expertise to create a truly original gin with a balanced mix of spice, citrus and sweetness. The premium gin is zested with pomelo fruit, and uniquely spiced with cassia and nutmeg-mace, all sourced from a women’s organic farming co-operative in Bhagya’s home state of Kerala, India. This heady combination results in a gin of transcendental taste, a liberation of spirit and spice. Maharani Gin pays homage to Kerala women who are known for their strength and importance in society. The word ‘Maharani’, meaning Queen, is a tribute to revolutionary women everywhere. Speaking about the launch, Co-Founder Robert Barrett said, “We are really excited to finally introduce Maharani Gin to the world! To be able to bring our cultures and expertise together to create something unique has been an incredible experience and we’re looking forward to an exciting future for Maharani.” A multi-award-winning gin, Maharani achieved five titles in it's first year on the market: Silver in The London Spirits Awards, bronze in the Craft Spirits Berlin, gold in The Gin Masters, bronze in the IWSC and most recently silver at Blas na hEireann.

Maharani gin is best served with premium tonic, grapefruit and mint leaves for an unforgettable sensorial experience of flora and spice.

However when it comes to entertaining this Christmas, forget the simple tonic serves and spice up your sip with one of Maharani’s distinctive serves and the ideal food pairing savoury snack, Cornflakes Chivda.

The Ginger Maharaja

Ingredients: • 40ml Maharani Gin • Ginger ale • A dash of hedgerow bitters • A wedge of lime • Cubed ice Method: Pour the gin and ginger ale over ice and mix thoroughly. Add the bitters and lime, relax and enjoy the spice.

For a savoury spicy nibble to go with The Ginger Maharaja cocktail, try Cornflakes Chivda.

Cornflakes Chivda

Ingredients.. For Heating: 200g Cornflakes ½ tsp Salt 1 tsp Sugar 1 tsp Chilli Powder 1 tsp Dried Mango Powder For Tossing: 1 tbsp Oil 1 tbsp 2 Dried Red Chilies 2 Fresh Chillies 10-15 Curry Leaves 2-3 tbsp Roughly cut Almonds 2-3 tbsp Roughly cut Cashews 2 tbsp Peanuts 2 tbsp Cranberries 2 tbsp Sultanas Method: • Heat some Cornflakes straight from the box to a wok for 3-5 mins on low heat, keep tossing regularly which will evenly heat all the cornflakes. • Add the spices and heat for another 3-5 mins or until cornflakes are coated with spices. • Remove it on the other utensil and use the same wok for tossing by adding 1 tbsp oil, once heated add dried red chillies, split green chillies and fresh curry leaves and cook thoroughly until they are completely fried. • Add the nuts at this stage and cook them on low flame for 2-3 mins. • Add the Cranberries and Sultanas and give it a stir and add all the cornflakes and mix through. • Your cornflakes chivda is ready and you can store it in an airtight container once completely cool down.


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