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Seasons Bar & Lounge at Taj Krishna has revamped to become a gin lover‘s haven

Considering the legendary London brand Sipsmith has been commissioned just this week to create a new type of gin designed especially for the British Parliament, it‘s official that the spirit of juniper berries enjoys a new, elevated status. Perhaps taking a cue from London is Seasons Bar & Lounge in Taj Krishna which has undergone a revamp to introduce a wide array of gin-specialised cocktails going much beyond gin and tonic. Yes, we are talking about the Tanqueray 10 connoisseurs, who know their gin with a sniff and a sip. The team at the bar which opens on  November 10 has put in copious hours of research and development in association with United Spirits Limited-Diageo.

Luxe liqueur
“With our new line of cocktails, we aim to use locally obtained, seasonally variable  ingredients. Imagine sipping on a gin cocktail with dhania seeds,” says Nipan Talukdar, assistant manager, Seasons Bar and Lounge. There’s a lot of craftsmanship that goes into every glass.
Those like the Berry Berry Floral, the first one in the list, have a story too. Management trainee Sandeep informs, “One day I just walked into the bakery and saw Nipan making some fresh blueberry jam. I casually asked if it could be incorporated into the drink. That‘s how the cocktail with Tanqueray No. TEN (which the connoisseurs will know  is named after the still number of its origin, and is known for its perfection) was born. The Tanqueray No. TEN-based cocktails in the menu have been created with infused ice that combine the flavours of citrus fruits, cucumber and celery, lime and orange (depending on the season) grapefruit, Moroccan mint etc. Indeed a refreshing idea for Hyderabad’s warmer climes.

Flavour burst
We were one of the first few in the city to taste East India Company, one of their exclusive cocktails. The name is a tribute to the historic trivia that suggests gin and tonic originated in India in 19th Century. You are hit by a whiff of different aromas as you take a sip like Earl Grey tea syrup and dhania seeds. None of them is overpowering though. Just like the carefully frozen infused ice, all the syrups are prepared in-house.
Cigar with chandeliers
The decor has been redone to suit the taste of the modern-day party-goers but at the same time the plush Nizami heritage is retained. “The maroon velvet cushions and chandeliers are a tribute to that era while the brand new giant LCD reflects the changing  times,” says Kulbinder Singh, Assistant Director, F&B. Cigar enthusiasts will be happy to know that they have a corner for by the pool exclusively for cigar and cognac.
Price for two: `4,000 inclusive of taxes. Details: 66293328

— Paulami Sen

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