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Shaken or Stirred, Martini is one of the most celebrated cocktails across the globe. Winston Churchill, it is said, loved his Martini and would pour in the Gin and just look towards the Vermouth bottle to add the taste of Vermouth. That is the essence of a great Martini. The lesser the Vermouth, the drier the drink. Bond loved his Martini shaken not stirred. But many enjoy the stirred Martini which is stronger, pure and clear. It prevents the Gin from getting bruised. Some eliminate Gin altogether. They make a kangaroo cocktail using Vodka. Cocktail creativity in Mumbai is peaking and bartenders are thus going all out this World Martini Day to create innovative martinis, to appease every palate. So head to one of these places and take your pick.
Hello Guppy, Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC), Western Suburbs
This vibrant and fun place with an eclectic bar is the perfect stop over for quirky martinis made adroitly by the stylish bartenders. Try Mount Fiji with Vodka, Peach Schnapps Passion Fruit Nectar and Apple, which is bound to rejuvenate you with its distinct fruity flavours.
The United Sports Bar and Grill, R City Mall, Ghatkopar West
This Vodka Martini catches your eye instantly owing to its colours. Add to that the pronounced flavours of paan which can be a palate pleaser and you have a winning combination. With vanilla ice cream, an element of sweetness is infused in it which makes it immensely appealing.
Door No. 1, Bandra West, Western Suburbs
A refreshing combination of Vodka with the aromatic and flavourful lemongrass and a twist of ginger, this Lemon Grass Ginger Martini can elevate your spirits anytime. Straight up, this one is going to make you fall in love with martinis all over again.
True Tramm Trunk, Juhu, Western Suburbs
Strong and smooth, this Espresso Martini which is a clever blend of aromatic espresso and creme de cacao is a potent option for coffee lovers seeking something deep and alluring. This heady drink can almost be a substitute for dessert and is a great way for those starting out with martinis too.
For those who possess a fondness for cocktails and a taste for novel flavours, this is your martini moment as you sip a unique one this World Martini Day.
Food critic, features writer and columnist, Mini Ribeiro is a qualified Journalist, from IIMC New Delhi. She specialises in the Food & Beverage and Hospitality space. As an established food & beverage writer, Mini currently contributes to several leading English publications across the country – Asian Age, Hindustan Times, Sunday Financial Express, Hotelier India, Go Getter and Vistara inflight magazines and Rediff.com. She also has her own You Tube channel called Mini’s Food Fundas. Fond of cooking, Mini enjoys experimenting in the kitchen with various cuisines, with Indian regional food, being her favourite. She has recently started, a platform for home talent, called 'Flavours from Home', an initiative which aims to make women who are passionate about cooking, entrepreneurs.