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A spice odyssey

There they were, nobody’s idea of the perfect cocktail ingredients, lined up on the bar in five beautiful little brass bowls: cardamom, cloves, maize, black peppercorns and butterfly pea. A deft hand picked from two, dropped the spices in the bottom of a cocktail shaker and crushed them with a pestle. Out came a bottle of gin, one already infused with Assam black tea. Lemon, passion fruit and…