Romance is in the air on Valentine’s Day, and to celebrate love, an exotic meal in a romantic ambience seems the best choice. But what is an evening without the right cocktail to set the mood? Naturally then, no romantic dinner is complete without a great cocktail. Restaurants in Mumbai are going all out to wow guests with unique and quirky cocktails – with the right ingredients laced with an aphrodisiac touch, pink and bold red hues and of course an enticing presentation. From bespoke sparkling cocktails to bold reds and creamy pink tinted ones, there are many unusual ones on offer. So, make the most of the variety available this Valentine’s Day. My Top 5 picks :
Love You-Zou at Pa Pa Ya, Palladium Mall, Lower Parel
An earthy cocktail with the herbal notes of gin and distinct yuzu flavours, this one spells love from word go. Just the right drink to begin your romantic evening before you embark upon a delicious and languid dinner of Pan Asian delicacies.
The Ultimate Lake at Renaissance, Powai
A refreshing Gin and tonic cocktail with pisco and rose water, mixed with lemon juice and angostura bitters, garnished with fresh hibiscus. Dedicated to Lake View Café, a good vantage point to enjoy this cocktail is the window table, which overlooks the Powai Lake. There can be nothing more romantic than this on Valentine’s Day.
Berry High at Chin Chin Chu, Lower Parel
This refreshing but potent, fruity cocktail, apt for this day of love, is aesthetically a treat. One sip and this berry vodka, winter syrup and fresh strawberries concoction, will get you off to a good start. This delicate drink, proves to be the perfect choice even for the first-time drinker.
Indian Rose at Kabab Hut, Sun n Sand Hotel, Juhu
Gin and Cachaca shaken with quenching lime, cranberry juice, homemade rose and ginger syrup, served frappe and decorated with rose petals and rose water perfume, is alluring and delicious to sip too.
Spill the Tea at Episode One, Powai, Central Mumbai
It is bound to be love at first sight, as this drink appears on your table. The electrifying colour matches the flavours and this tea-infused cocktail, attractively presented, adds an interesting dimension to your celebrations.
So, sip some vibrant cocktails as you celebrate another day of love and togetherness.
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.