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    Raise a glass to seven highly indulgent classic cocktails at the InterContinental Chennai   

    Mark Twain once famously said, “too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough”. And those who like a pour of Scotch, or any other form of alcohol at the end of the day, are likely to agree. Pampering the discerning alcohol connoisseur’s quest for classic beverages is the InterContinental Chennai on ECR, which is now serving seven classic cocktails, all of them iconic in their own way. Available across all their hotels and resorts, the Worldly Classics menu includes true-to-the-original servings of the martini, caipirinha, margarita, old fashioned, daiquiri, Negroni and the non-alcoholic Eastern Breeze. Sit back and enjoy, as we just raised the bar.

    daiquiriDown a daiquiri
    Cocktail: Daiquiri
    A sweet-and-sour delight, the Daiquiri was supposedly invented by an American engineer, who was in Cuba during the Spanish-American war. Daiquiri is also the name of a beach and an iron mine near Santiago de Cuba, the second largest city in Cuba.
    What’s in it: White Bacardi rum, fresh lime juice, simple syrupAccompanying canapé:
    Smashed avocado and corn chips

    majestys-serviceAt your majesty’s service
    Cocktail: Dry Martini
    They say, Bond prefers his martini shaken and not stirred, though ideally, it must be stirred, to retain its clarity. What’s in it: London gin, dry vermouth, olives  Accompanying canapé: Grilled sheesh tawouk with garlic sauce

    Caught up in a Caipirinha
    Cocktail: Caipirinha
    Cachaça is Brazilian distilled liquor made from raw sugarcane. It is flavoured with muddled limes.What’s in it: Brazilian cachaça, sugar, limeAccompanying canapé: Falafel with tahini and mint chutney

    Negroni, please!
    Cocktail: Negroni
    It is believed that Count Camillo Negroni concocted this cocktail by asking his bartender to strengthen his favourite drink, the Americano, by adding gin rather than the normal soda water.  What’s in it: Campari, gin, sweet red vermouth  Accompanying canapé: Marinated feta cheese

    ol-sportEnjoy this one, ol’ sport
    Cocktail: Old Fashioned
    Known to have its origins in the  19th century, the old-fashioned  formed the basis from which most other cocktails were born.
    What’s in it: 60ml bourbon (use rye whiskey for a spicier taste), bitters and sugar  Accompanying canapé: Arabic lamb kofta  with cucumber yoghurt and mint chutney

    —Nandita Ravi


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