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published time By Saylee published time 08 Nov, 2018 Share image 0 Shares

Cocktails are a favourite all around the world and India is no exception.

But, when it comes to the Indian cuisine, we are used to an array of spices, condiments and flavours that are unique.

Keeping this in mind, bartenders in the country have been experimenting with how they can include locally-sourced ingredients in their mixes.

From the soothing shikanji to the tangy kokum, it’s fun to see how these desi flavours team up with western drinks.

Here are a few easy-to-make recipes that we’ve whipped up for you to sip and savour.

Kokum Sharbatini


60 ml Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka

30 ml lime juice

30 ml sugar syrup

Mint leaves, for garnish.

For Masala Mix:

1 tsp jaljeera powder

1 tsp amchoor

1/2 tsp white pepper

2-3 pieces kokum


1. Infuse the kokum in some hot water and extract its juice.

2. On cooling, add it to a cocktail shaker along with lime juice, sugar syrup, a pinch of the masala mix, Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka and ice cubes.

3. Shake well and serve chilled. ​

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50 ml Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka

30 ml lime juice

40 ml sugar syrup

10 mint leaves

1 teaspoon shikanji salt

Lemon wheel for garnishing

Mint leaves, for garnish


1. Fill a cocktail shaker with crushed ice, Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka, lime juice, shikanji salt, mint leaves and sugar syrup.

2. Shake all the ingredients well and strain the mix into a glass.

3. Garnish it with the lemon wheel and a mint leaf before serving.

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60 ml Captain Morgan White Rum

30 ml lime juice

4 inches roasted sugar cane

1/2 tsp sugar


For the roasted sugar cane:

1. Using a sharp knife, carefully cut away the outer husk of the sugar cane.

2. Chop the sugar cane into small 1 inch pieces.

3. Roast in the oven at 425 degrees for about 20 minutes, or until the edges of the sugar cane begin to char.

For the drink:

1. Place the roasted sugar cane pieces in your cocktail shaker. Add sugar and muddle.

2. Add the remainder of the ingredients and ice.

3. Shake well and fine-strain into a cocktail glass.

4. Garnish with a sugar cane twig.

Imli Sour


45 ml Johnnie Walker Red Label Whisky

30 ml fresh lime juice

1 tablespoon tamarind paste mixed with 1 tablespoon hot water and cooled

15 ml simple syrup

Lime wheel, for garnish


1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.

2. Add all of the ingredients except the garnishes and shake well.

3. Pour into a chilled glass and garnish with the orange slice.

Well, it’s time to head over to your kitchen and peek into your spice rack for some inspiration.

And, if you’re based out of Bengaluru, order your drinks straight to your doorstep using Hipbar.