Social distancing, but make it fun: Mumbai’s top mixologists share home-made cocktails
Yes, you’re home all the time. Yes, there’s no going out this weekend. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t bring the fun home. We got cocktail recipes from four of Mumbai‘s most popular mixologists and added a few of our own so you can have one high spirited weekend even when self-quarantined. Here are 9 easy to make cocktail recipes you can whip out of your home bar.
Hand press mint leaves and shake them with the rest of the ingredients.
Garnish the drink with a slice of orange and a cinnamon stick.
Honey, I Shrunk The Kids by Gaurish Rangnekar, Barmobile
5 grams Turmeric Powder
15 ml Honey
5 ml Fresh Lime Juice
45 ml Any good bourbon/scotch/whisky
2 grams Cinnamon Powder (optional)
In an old fashioned glass or a whiskey glass mix the turmeric powder with the honey and lime juice.
Stir it a bit.
Add some cinnamon powder if available.
Add the whiskey and top up with 3 to 4 cubes of ice and stir again till chilled.
Garnish with an orange wheel of a Cinnamon stick.
Apple Ginger Cordial by Pratik More, Sorrentina Foodhall
45 ml Fresh red apple and ginger cordial
60 ml gin
Apple and ginger chunks
Soda to top up
3 apple slices
1 ginger slice
Mix the ingredients together and give them a good stir.
Garnish the cocktail with apple & ginger slices.
Chamomile Cordial by Jason D’Souza, Gustoso
1 Cup dried chamomile flowers
2 Cups granulated sugar
2 Cups water
50 white peppercorns
1 Cinnamon stick
Peel of 1 lemon
Peel of 1 orange
88 ml Brandy
Combine all ingredients, except Brandy, in a pot and cook on medium-high heat until steaming hot.
Allow this to steep on low heat for 3 minutes. Remove from heat and let it cool.
Once down to near room temperature, run through a fine-mesh strainer, and add the Brandy for fortification and flavour.
This will keep indefinitely and may be stored at room temperature, or can be refrigerated.
60 ml whisky or dark rum
1 cinnamon stick
5 black peppercorns
1 star anise
15 ml sugar syrup
15 ml lime juice
Orange peel for garnish
Pour the whiskey/rum, lime juice, and sugar syrup in a glass.
Add the spices to the mix. Now pour hot water and let the ingredients sit for one minute.
Garnish with an orange peel and serve.
90 ml bourbon
1 teaspoon sugar
5-6 mint leaves
Crushed ice, to taste
Place the mint leaves at the bottom of the glass. Add sugar on top and lightly crush the two together.
Add crushed ice till the glass is full.
Now pour the bourbon on top of this and let it soak for 30 seconds.
60 ml gin
120 ml tonic water
1 scoop vanilla ice cream
Place the vanilla ice cream in the glass.
Pour the gin on top of it.
Now pour the tonic water into this mix. Top with a lemon slice as a garnish and serve.
45 ml vodka
30 ml chilled, brewed black tea
10 ml lemon juice
1 teaspoon honey
Optional garnish: lemon wedge
Add the vodka, tea, honey, lemon juice, and ice to a shaker/tumbler that closes. Shake well.
Strain through a sieve into the glass.
Top with a lemon wedge.
The Gin Lemonade
60 ml gin
20 ml honey syrup (i.e., 1:1 honey and hot water mixture)
30 ml fresh lemon juice
Add the gin, honey syrup, lemon juice, and ice to a shaker/tumbler that can close.
Shake well all ingredients together.
Strain through a sieve into a glass and sip.
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An innate love for travel and food has translated into many a trips since childhood for Megha; it also fed her curiosity to know about local cultures. When not writing, she is on the lookout for three things: A great dark chocolate dessert, a beautiful pool where she can practice her backstroke, and art that she can save up for.