It's always fun to experiment and innovate with cocktails - after all, who can stand the same old (boring) recipes ever so often! To spice up your cocktail repertoire a little, here are some fun, easy cocktails to make using conventional recipes that have a fun 'desi' twist added. They're sure to be popular favourites and leave you spoilt for choice when it comes to picking a new favourite cocktail!
Pani Puri Mojito
Take two favorites and just mix them together – of course the result will be spectacular! If you’re a fan of chaat (and pani puri in particular) this recipe is for you. Give your mojito a kick by mixing up some white rum, lime cordial, lemon slices and muddled mint leaves. Instead of the club soda that you would find in a regular mojito recipe, throw in some ‘Panipuri ka Pani.’ Top it up with some chaat masala and voila, you’re in for a treat.
Shikanji (or nimbu pani) is what keeps India going through the blazing summers. To make it into an exciting new cocktail, mix up you regular shikanji with a peg of Smirnoff Vodka, some lime, mint and salt – and a dash of cumin powder. You’ll be surprised how well this cocktail goes with breezy lunches and sundowners.
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If you’re someone who enjoys unusual flavours and pairings, you will enjoy this new avatar of the martini. To make it, take tamarind paste (good old imli, basically), mix with a peg of tequila, lime juice, orange juice and triple sec. The cocktail has a sweet and sour taste which is delightful!
Do you love lassi? Well, I’m glad because this recipe is going to make your lassi love shoot through the roof. Take any lassi (regular, mango, strawberry – anything) and top it up with a generous serving of Bailey’s Irish Cream. It is, quite simply put, a match made in heaven!
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Masala Chai Rum
I've always been obsessed with chai, and that could perhaps explain my obsession with this cocktail. For it, we follow the classic White Russian cocktail recipe. You need to first make spiced masala chai (use heavy milk and not skimmed milk) and add to it two parts vodka and one part Kahlua – and that’s all!
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Now this is where things start to get really innovative. The original rasam-tini takes the goodness of rasam and gives it a boozy kick! This vodka-based martini is made adding rasam along with nutmeg powder, gun powder and cumin powder to Smirnoff Vodka. Let me warn you that it’s going to be a flavour riot – this cocktail is sweet, spicy and tangy all at once!
Spiked Aam Panna
We all love mangoes, but how about doing something a little different with them? To prepare this cocktail, steam raw mangoes until they become soft. Scoop the mango into a bowl, add sugar and add 30ml of Smirnoff Vodka to it. Sprinkle the concoction with some cumin powder and you’re ready to go!
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Boozy Masala Cola
This has got to be the simplest but most popular desi cocktail recipe (yes, we saved the best for last). All you need is some Thumbs Up (every Indian kid’s favourite drink of course), 30 ml of Captain Morgan Rum and a pinch of chaat masala. If your taste buds permit, add a swig of Tabasco sauce too. And just like that, you have your masala cola with a twist!
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