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“Mojito and martinis are great but I want to try something nice and different.”

Sounds familiar? We, Indians, are blessed with taste buds that know how to enjoy intense flavours. Subtle is not exactly our forte, we live for sugary, spicy, tangy and pungent blends like a dessert too sweet, extra teekhi pani puri or masala chai.

So, there’s no reason for you to not add these desi cocktails for a party to your drinks menu.

Try them once, perhaps on new year’s eve, and your taste buds will find it very refreshing and rejoice:

1. Coriander-Infused Spicy Jalapeño Margaritas


Ice cubes, 3 tablespoons of tequila, 3 tablespoons of freshly squeezed lime juice, 1 tablespoon of freshly squeezed orange juice, 1½ teaspoons of syrup, ½ jalapeño pepper, ½ cup fresh coriander leaves, chopped – more for garnishing and salt and a lime wedge to rim the glasses

How To Make It

-Infuse coriander leaves in water for a couple of hours. Strain and discard the leaves. Moisten the rim of cocktail glasses with lime and dip them into a plate of salt. Keep them aside.

-Pour infused water into a cocktail shaker along with tequila and ice.

-Shake and strain over fresh ice. Garnish with lime, jalapeño pepper and coriander leaves.

3. Coconut & Sugarcane Mojito


2 tablespoons of granulated sugar, 12 mint leaves, 1 lime (cut into 4), 2 tablespoons coconut cream, 4 tablespoons of rum, 4 tablespoons of coconut water, sparkling water and pieces of sugarcane, for garnish

How To Make It

-Muddle granulated sugar and mint leaves with a muddler or a wooden spoon until the mint is mashed properly. Add 1 piece of lime to the mixture.

-Mash with the muddler to extract the juice and zest. Add coconut cream, followed by coconut water and rum. Stir to combine.

-Add the 3 remaining lime pieces, ice and top with sparkling water. Garnish with a piece of sugar cane.

4. Spicy Tomato Gin & Tonic


Ice cubes, 2 tablespoons of coarse salt, ½ teaspoon of cayenne pepper, ½ teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper, 2 cups of cherry tomatoes (cut in half), juice of 1 lime, 2 tablespoons of fresh dill, 2 teaspoons of Worcestershire sauce, 2 teaspoons of hot sauce, 8 tablespoons of gin, 1 cup of tonic water and cucumber slices, ½ jalapeño pepper and lime wedges for garnish

How To Make It

-Combine salt, cayenne pepper and black pepper on a plate. Moisten the rim of glasses with a lime and then dip into the mixture.

-Divide cherry tomatoes, lime juice and dill among each of the glasses. Muddle the ingredients together. Add a dash of Worcestershire sauce, and hot sauce to each glass.

-Stir it. Top it off with ice. Pour gin and tonic water into each glass.

-Garnish with cucumber, jalapeño pepper and lime wedges before serving.

5. Paan Shots


4 fresh betel leaves, 1 meetha paan masala, 2 teaspoons of fennel seeds, 2 teaspoons of desiccated coconut, 3 tablespoons of gulkand, 3 scoops of vanilla ice cream, 2-3 ice cubes, ¼ cup water and 2 teaspoons of sugar

How To Make It

-Tear the paan leaves and add to a mixer along with other ingredients except for water. Make a paste.

-Then add water to smoothen the liquid.

-Add sugar if needed and blend it. Garnish it with black salt and lemon wedges before serving.

The Bottomline

If you’ve been thinking of trying some interesting cocktail flavours, serve these delicious concoctions at your new year’s eve party or make it for yourself! Don’t be afraid of adding spices like turmeric, ginger, cinnamon and cumin seeds to enhance the flavours.

Source: 5 Cocktails So ‘Chatpata’ & Spicy Your Desi Taste Buds Won’t Mind Having Another Round