Indian Inspired Cocktails to Love


We love everything Indian. They why not Indian-flavors infused cocktails as well?

By: Soumya Jain

Creating cocktails is as difficult a job as devising and executing a new dish. You have to work on the textures, the flavors, the quantities and the garnish. It has to look picture perfect, and have a taste which lingers for long. A cocktail can make or break your evening. That’s why it has to be simply exquisite.

But blending unconventional Indian flavors into cocktails is even more hard work. However, they are surely in demand, right from New Delhi to San Diego! We list down some Indian inspired cocktails from our two favorite places - Aer Mumbai and Mango Pickle Chicago – which we simple love!

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1.        THE EAST INDIA COCKTAIL

JW Black Label, Maraschino, Cointreau, Pineapple Juice, Orange Bitters, Angostura Bitters

(Courtesy: Aer Mumbai)

2.       BOLLYWOOD OLD FASHIONED

Bourbon, Amara, Angostura Bitters, Chai Spices

(Courtesy: Mango Pickle Chicago)

3.       CHARLES THE SAILOR

Captain Morgan Dark, Jal Jeera, Masala Soda, Fresh Lime Juice, Sugar Syrup

(Courtesy: Aer Mumbai)

4.      DESI MARAGARITA

Small batch Tequila, Cashew Feni, Mango Shrub, Lime, Chai Spices, Kashmiri Chili

(Courtesy: Mango Pickle Chicago)

5.       SUN SALUTATION

Hendrick’s Gin, Carrot Juice, Ginger-Turmeric, Lemon, Egg White

(Courtesy: Mango Pickle Chicago)

This is surely not a definitive list of Indian inspired cocktails. There are many, many more concoctions that will delight your Indian palate! Here are some recipes to recreate at home.

1. THE MOJITO COOCH BEHAR

Created by Kolkata’s most famous bartender Irfan Ahmed, the Mojito Cooch Behar is best enjoyed with pizzas and kebabs.

Muddle together White rum (60ml), Fresh lime juice (10ml), Ginger flavoured sugar syrup (20ml), Green lime (1 piece cut in chunks), 10 Fresh mint leaves, Jeera powder (1/2tsp), Chaat masala (1/3tsp), Salt (1/4tsp), Raw mango paste (1tbsp) and Green chilly paste (1/3tsp). Gently, add 60ml chilled soda water, and stir for 10-12 seconds. Transfer the drink in a masala-rimmed glass. Garnish with mint and lime and serve immediately.

2. THE COCKTAIL BANARAS

Created by Ankur Chawla, this refreshing gin-based potion is best taken before a meal.

Muddle 2-3 pieces of dried betel leaves and mix along with 10ml lime juice. Add 60ml gin, shake well with ice cubes and strain into a martini glass.

As a bonus trick, rub the betel leaf on the rim and the stem of the glass to get a bit of fragrance as well. Do not double strain. No garnish required.