New Year’s eve is around the corner, which means you have a legitimate reason to jettison your diet and indulge in a few days of food and booze. Mumbai bars and restaurants serve up some top notch cocktails. We put together a list of some of the best cocktails in Mumbai with which to toast the new year. For details of New Year eve events in your city, visit BookMyShow.
This cocktail should be ordered just for the pleasure for saying the name out loud. It’s a nod to the raspberry soda, the cold drink found only at Parsi weddings and certain Irani cafes. The folks at SodaBottleOpenerWala combine frozen raspberry, thyme and vodka.
Where: SodaBottleOpenerWalla, The Capital, Ground Floor, Bandra Kurla Complex.
How much: Rs 395.
This one is for those who enjoy a bitter drink. It’s got whiskey, vermouth, Campari and, the best part, Vietnam’s famous Trung Nguyen coffee.
Where: Miss T, 4 Madlik Road, off Colaba Causeway, Colaba.
How much: Rs 850.
Toast & Tonic is heaven for gin drinkers as they offer a number of niche gins and inventive gin cocktails. One of these is The Herbalist, a libation of gin, basil, tonic flavoured with orange and ice flavoured with orange and coriander.
Where: Toast & Tonic, Jet Airways Godrej Building, Ground Floor, Bandra Kurla Complex.
How much: Rs550 onwards.
Tamarind Whiskey Shake
The Bombay Canteen’s cocktails are as eclectic as its food items, which are classics of Indian food with a twist. This cocktail is a delicious marriage of tamarind, an ingredient that features widely in local cuisines, orange juice, lime and one of India’s favourite tipples, whiskey.
Where: The Bombay Canteen, Kamala Mills, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel.
How much: Rs 450.
Cha La Lai
One of Yauatcha’s classic offerings, the drink is for those with a sweet tooth. It’s a mix of vodka, oolong tea, apple juice, lychee juice and grape.
Where: Yauatcha, Raheja Towers, Bandra Kurla Complex.
How much: Rs 795.
A Game of Sling
Social’s version of the Singapore Sling is a tasty mix of gin, cherry brand, pineapple juice, lemon and soda.
Where: Social bars across Mumbai.
How much: Rs 325.
Wink, the bar at Vivanta by Taj, is known for making mean cocktail. The Winkitinis, that is, their line of flavoured martinis are among the meanest. Sample the Grass Winkitini, which has lemongrass, ginger, curry leaves, pineapple and vodka.
Where: Wink, Vivanta by Taj President, Cuffe Parade.
How much: Rs 895.
This whiskey sour with tamarind is dangerously addictive. It’s possible to end up knocking back several before you realise you’re seeing double.
Where: Bombay Vintage, Indian Mercantile Mansion, opposite Regal Cinema, Colaba.
How much: Rs 495.
This fresh, fruity sangria has sweetened white wine with a luscious scoop of melon.
Where: Smoke House Deli, High Street Phoenix, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel.
How much: Rs 390.
The only thing better at Dome than this zesty combination of watermelon, lime and vodka is the stunning view Marine Drive and the sweep of the Arabian Sea.
Where: Dome, InterContinental, Marine Drive.
How much: Rs 1250.
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