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    Give the single malts a miss and try these signature cocktails at Swirl, The Gateway Hotel

    With Pongal around the bend, Swirl, the bar at The Gateway Hotel, has concocted a Sugarcane Mojito and Jellied Cane Shots to celebrate the festival of harvest. But on a visit, we find a few more interesting signatures that the bar prides itself for. If you find yourself on the IT Expressway in Sholinganallur, here’s three reasons to make a pit stop at the watering hole:

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    Southern Spice
    A perfect apéritif to their Thanjavur thali, the Southern Spice is dominated by the taste and aroma of the mild lemon rasam that conceals the vodka within. But be warned that this one can be tricky, as you barely taste the alcohol in it.

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    Spiked & Spicy
    This one scores for its mix of texture and flavours that hit your palate in quick succession. Ginger and jeera are coupled with the mild sweetness of a lemon and sugar syrup, while a gentle fizz seals the deal in this vodka-based drink.

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    Rum & Raisin Mojito
    Mint, lime, a dash of apple juice and dark rum all go into a shaker where they’re muddled with raisins that have been soaked in rum for two long months. Topped off with a toothpick of skewered rum-laden raisins, this potent concoction will give a Long Island a run for its money.

    To eat: Their crispy chilli honey prawn makes a great sweet and spicy accompaniment to these cocktails that are priced at Rs 500 each. Details: 66802500

    Text: Ryan Peppin

     

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