The best way to beat the heat is to sip a well-made cocktail. Summer calls for light, refreshing cocktails, yet those which get you into the spirit. Refreshing daiquiris, mojitos, martinis, fruity flavours and gin-based cocktails are generally preferred. Mixologists, go all out to create something exciting with natural ingredients and in-house concoctions nowadays. A few ingredients can do the trick and one need not have complex flavours in a glass. Aesthetically presented, colourful cocktails can be so enticing this season. My top 5 picks this summer:
Bhut Jolokia Mule at Yazu - Pan Asian Supper Club, Andheri West, Western Suburbs
An exciting range of cocktails with fresh ingredients and natural products such as honey, await you this summer at Yazu - the Pan Asian supper club. The Bhut Jolokia Mule, a fun take on the classic Moscow Mule, combined with the spiciest chilli, ginger and lemon, is a must try. Pair it with a basket of your favourite dim sums and you have a winning combination. The Wasabi Martini is another one that will entice you.
Grass Is Always Greener at Toast & Tonic Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC), Western Suburbs
Gin, lemongrass and mint tonic water, makes for a refreshing summer drink. This signature G&T at Toast & Tonic, served with lemongrass rice, is fragrant and invigorating to the core. The Pineapple Grove is another offering which is apt for this season.
Hibiscus and Pineapple Martini at The Clearing House Fort, South Mumbai
Fruity flavours take precedence in summer and this exceedingly well-made martini at The Clearing House, is exhilarating. The flavours are subtle and sweet and yet, it energises you instantly.
Rosemary Rumble at JLWA Linking Road, Bandra West, Western Suburbs
Summers call for crisp and refreshing cocktails and this well-muddled drink Rosemary rumble at JLWA, with oodles of apple, both fresh and a liqueur, gin, rosemary, lemon and a dash of cloves, adds zest in good measure and keeps you going.
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So Fresh So Green at Slink & Bardot Worli, South Mumbai
Not only is Chef Alexis’ new menu enticing this summer, but the cocktails, created by the astute bartenders, are an attraction too. So fresh so green, indeed sounds inviting and beckons you instantly. Alluring in appearance, it is a treat all the way. With martini, tequila, ginger, asparagus, egg white and lime, this heady concoction lifts your spirits in the hot summer.
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.
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