Colonial Era Inspired Cocktails
Usually, we find cocktails inspired by India and Indian ingredients gimmicky and too overwhelming in flavors. They tend to be the kind of drinks that are just to satiate a curious mind but not something we would like to keep going back to. We wanted to create drinks which stayed away from the archetype, it was a conscious decision to maintain subtlety. So we took 3 classic cocktails and spiced it up with an Indian touch and a pinch of colonial imagination to create something new.
Rikki Tikki Tavi
A Martini made with Filter Coffee is as Indian as it can get. The freshness of the coffee works better than coffee flavored vodka. Kahlua adds a little more oomph to the cocktail.
45 ml Freshly brewed filter coffee
30 ml Vodka
30 ml Kahlua
2-3 drops Home made bitters made from Khus ki Jad and Kababchini
Use a blow torch to smoke a Martini glass with star anise. While the glass smokes, fill a cocktail shaker with ice and pour in all the ingredients and give it a good shake. Strain the ice and pour the drink into the glass while smoke stays, garnish with an orange peel.
60 ml Bourbon
2-3 drops Angosutra bitters
One small piece of Jaggery
2-3 drops of home made Chocolate Bitters
Orange wedge for garnish
Smoke a low ball glass with cinnamon with help of a blow torch. In the meanwhile in a mixing glass muddle jaggery with other ingredients, pour ice and stir till the drink is chilled. Fill the glass with ice cubes, strain ice and pour the drink in. Garnish with a lemon wedge.
Margarita flavored with fennel. Another classic Indian flavor which has been added to the drink with bitters and garnish.
45 ml Tequila
15 ml Triple Sec
20ml House Spice mix (a concentrate of spices like Patthar ke Phool, Nag Kesar, Kababchini, etc.)
20ml Lime juice
10 ml Simple syrup
2-3 drops Fennel Bitters
Fennel powder and salt mix
Fresh fennel leaves for garnish
In a cocktail shaker pour in the ingredients and give it a good shake. Take a cocktail glass or a Margarita glass, dip the rim in lemon juice and then in the fennel powder and salt mix. Strain the cocktail into the glass and garnish with fennel leaves.
Try these cocktails out and share your comments.
These cocktails will be available at Kipling Bar at Palladium Hotel all of September 2014, as part of Bombay Cocktail Club.