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The festive season calls for indulgence in both food and drinks. Cocktails are enticing but need to give warmth and spread cheer. A bit of sweetness in the form of cream or fruits and syrups is permitted. A cocktail with spices and fruits can be heart-warming too. Bourbon Spiked Cocktails are apt, as are Mulled Wine and Egg Nog. Mumbai restaurants and pubs are offering some exciting concoctions this season. So be adventurous as you sip a host of unique cocktails and celebrate. My top 5 recommendations:
Carmello with vodka, coffee liqueur, salted caramel and soya cream, is your perfect companion this festive season. Indulgent, yet potent, this one has a universal appeal.
What’s Christmas without this classic concoction of brandy, milk, egg and sugar syrup with a hint of nutmeg? Eighteen The Lounge at The Westin serves a mean one that you cannot miss.
Piña Queso at Uno Mas, Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC), Western Suburbs
Parmesan Tequila, Smoked Whiskey, Pineapple Saccharum, Ginger, come together in this heady, but well-balanced, cocktail, which is a treat for tipple lovers and enhances the tapas experience.
Rum n Raisin at Bayroute, Cuffe Parade, South Mumbai
This combo never fails you and more so in this season. The smoky flavour elevates the experience and this cocktail pairs well with the Middle Eastern food, that Bayroute serves.
Jokkmokk Kiss at Baraanaa World Cocktail Bar & Kitchen, Atria Mall, Worli
This light-as-air, chilled and sweet cocktail will satiate your sweet cravings. The Jokkmokk Kiss, inspired by Sweden, is strongly reminiscent of a Bengali sweet. Vodka, white chocolate, saffron and lychee come together to create this perfect tipple.
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You cannot possibly go through the Christmas season without sipping a well-spiced hot toddy. This one is as comforting as it gets- familiar, yet full of surprises.
Christmas Mimosa at Jamjar Diner, Andheri West
This alluring drink at Jamjar Diner outlets in Mumbai, is love at first sight. Christmas Mimosa with sparkling wine, vanilla syrup and cranberry extract, is the perfect accompaniment to a hearty Christmas meal.
Dirty Red Santa at The Little Easy, Linking Road, Bandra West, Western Suburbs
Whisky aficionados are in for a treat with this unique tipple. Along with grenadine, cherry syrup, this whiskey-based cocktail is sure to get you into the festive mood.
Bombay Maple Chai Punch at Bombay 49 Kitchen & Bar, Juhu
This quintessential winter drink hits the right note as the flavours are familiar and comforting. The chai gives an unusual zing to the palate and compliments the sweetness of the maple.
Mulled Wine at Le Cafe, Chembur
Do not miss the opportunity to enjoy this mulled wine with its subtle flavours? It brings out the best in the food at this cute and cosy café. So get your sugar overload with festive cocktails this season to suit your palate. Cheers to that!