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The festive season calls for indulgence in both food and drinks. Warm drinks are comforting but the flavours need to be enticing. A bit of sweetness in the form of cream or fruits and syrups is a welcome addition. A cocktail with spices and fruits can be heart-warming too. Bourbon Spiked Hot Chocolate, apple-flavoured Punch, Mulled Wine and Eggnog may be typical choices, but many restaurants, pubs and cafes in Mumbai are offering some exciting concoctions this holiday season. So step out and be adventurous as you sip a host of unique beverages with friends or family.
Your perfect companion this festive season is the indulgent Starbucks Red Hat Mocha. Playfully crafted with the quintessential ‘Hat’ made with velvety whipped cream, a hint of strawberry drizzle and a dollop of chocolate whipped cream, this beverage is delightful to sip as well as appealing to look at. It is available in hot, iced and in frappuccino blended versions.
Maple Whisky at JLWA, Bandra
Whisky aficionados are in for a treat with this unique tipple. A hot buttered hazelnut whisky you may have tried before, but this one is a class apart. The earthy, oaky spice notes of the bourbon ground the unique sweetness added by the maple syrup and make for a heady drink which you will enjoy.
Marshmallow Hot Chocolate with a hint of bhut jolokia at Arth, Khar
This quintessential winter drink gets a makeover at Arth. One can actually relish this instead of a dessert after a hearty meal here. The hot chocolate is spiked with a wee bit of bhut jolokia which gives an unusual zing to the palate and compliments the sweetness.
Spiced Winter Tea at One Street Over, Bandra
Apart from the specially curated holiday cocktails menu, this blend of Captain Morgan, Beefeater, and Lime Juice is bound to add zest to your celebrations.
Berry Naughty at Social, Andheri West
A carefully crafted menu of Social, offering cranberry-themed cocktails will enhance your festive season. Try the Berry Naughty, a gin-based cocktail with the goodness of cranberries for that tinge of sweetness and colour.
So get your sugar overload with warm winter drinks or balance these with a glass of a fruity festive cocktail this season to suit your palate. Cheers to that!
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.