Desi cocktails to cool down the summer heat



Most of us avoid drinking whisky straight up during summers, especially when the summer in question is an Indian one, where temperatures can soar up to fifty degrees and you need something to cool down. However, contrary to popular belief, cocktails and coolers are not just limited to vodka. Whisky is the star of the show in some of the smoothest desi cocktails we have for you today.

These mixers are just perfect for lifting your spirits in the searing Indian summer. So, jump on the cocktail bandwagon and get ready to get your squad lit!

The Ruthless

Whisky paired with the season’s freshest fruits is the perfect way to take your happiness high to another level. Packed with a delicious tart punch from juicy lychees, the Ruthless is just the whisky cocktail to give you a thrilling time!

Ingredients

·         45 ml Ballantine’s Finest Blended Scotch Whisky

·         Cranberry juice

·         60 ml lychee crush

·         Mint & lime

Method

Muddle the mint leaves and lime in a shaker and pour in the whisky and lychee crush. Shake well and add crushed ice to the drink. Next, add a little bit of cranberry juice and garnish with two slices of fresh lime.

Masala Coke Float

The masala coke cocktail is what every summer needs! The simplest cocktail recipe among the bunch, this one turns a humble glass of coke into a punchy, refreshing cocktail. When you’re not so much on a cocktail-making spree, this 5-ingredient concoction will light up your day and keep you sipping with delight.

Ingredients

·         50ml Chivas Regal 12-Year-Old Scotch Whisky

·         90ml Coca-Cola

·         ½ tsp Pepper powder

·         ¼ tsp Cumin powder

·         2 tsp Chaat masala powder

·         One scoop of Vanilla ice cream

Method

Fill all ingredients in a shaker and top it up with ice cubes. Strain and transfer into a Rocks glass and top it up with some ice cubes and a dash of lemon juice.

Spiced Ananas

A tropical twist to your classic blended whisky is the perfect way to slip into a cool and calm zone in the blistering Indian summer. The freshness of pineapple juice with the smoky, rich flavor of whisky reinvigorates your soul. Pair it with Afghani Chicken Tikka for a perfect intimate gathering!

Ingredients

·         60ml Ballantine’s Finest Blended Scotch Whisky

·         2 tsp Castor sugar

·         25ml Lemon juice

·         25ml Pineapple juice

·         Pineapple wedge to garnish (optional)

Method

Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake vigorously for 15-30 seconds. Strain into a rock glass filled with ice cubes. Top it up with a pineapple wedge for garnish!

Watermelon Punch

What better way to beat the heat than a cold drink that tastes like watermelon? If you’re someone who likes sweet yet zesty cocktails, this one is sure to uplift your spirit.

Ingredients

·         60ml The Glenlivet 12-Year-Old

·         3 tsp of Castor Sugar

·         ½ cup of Chopped Watermelon

·         ½ Fresh Lime Wedge

·         Soda water

Method

Muddle the castor sugar, lime wedge, and watermelon in a tall glass with ice. Add The Glenlivet 12-Year-Old and watermelon mixture and top with soda. Garnish with a lime wedge.

Kariveppila cocktail

With just the right amount of sweetness and earthiness, the Kariveppila (curry leaves) whisky cocktail is what you would need against the summer heat. Packed with the freshness of mint leaves, lemon, and honey, this is a stunningly unique desi drink.

Ingredients

·         45 ml Chivas Regal 12-Year-Old ScotchWhisky

·         8-10 curry leaves

·         5-7 mint leaves

·         1 tsp Lime juice

·         2 tsp Honey

·         Club Soda

Method

Muddle lemon juice, honey, mint leaves, and curry leaves carefully. Add this mix to a shaker and top it up with crushed ice and Chivas Regal 12-Year=Old. Give it a good shake and pour it into a highball glass. Top it up with club soda and sip away!

The key trick to making great cocktails is understanding what flavors would do wonders when paired with whisky. We hope you’ve made your notes and won’t shy away from shaking up an innovative desi whisky cocktail yourself! Play around with your favorite ingredients, experiment or try our versions of whisky cocktails and get set to beat the summer heat.

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