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.
Down a 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
At 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
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
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
Enjoy 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