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    Indian ingredients add a zesty punch to cocktail menus across the city 

    From tamarind to saffron and even pickled lemon, mixologists across the city’s bars and restaurants are opening their eyes to the untapped reserve of local spices and infusions to give their cocktails a desi touch. Here’s our pick:

    Date night
    A little on the heavier side, the Mumma Nu Double Dose at Sodabottleopenerwala is the way to go if you’re feeling a little indulgent. Bringing together rum and whisky steeped in saffron and dates, the lethal drink is finished off with beaten eggs to create a smooth and frothy concoction. `345++. At Lavelle Road. Details: 22255299

    Soul stirring
    A quintessential South Indian drink, the sol khadi is given a boozy update in Monkey Bar’s popular cocktail, Soulful Kadhee. In addition to a mix of kokum syrup, tender coconut, curry leaves and lime cordial, the drink also packs in gin to make things interesting. `320++. At 12th Main, Indiranagar. Details: 49653443

    Mango magic
    Nothing short of summer in a glass, the Mango and Green Chilli Martini at The Polo Club is a great way to unwind after a long day at the office. Made with fresh mango juice muddled with green chilli, the seasonal drink is served with a slice of semi-ripe mango that is drizzled with red chilli powder, for a nostalgic twist. `900++. At The Oberoi, MG Road. Details: 25585858

    In the limelight
    There’s nothing more
    Indian than pickle and this
    cocktail from Koramangala Social does not disappoint. Called the Aacharoska, a desi take on the popular Caipiroska, this one is the coming together of Smirnoff vodka, fresh lemon wedges, mint leaves, sweet and sour mix, and Indian lime
    pickle. `280++. At 7th Block,
    Koramangala. Details: 40515253

    Curry on
    If you’re looking for a distinct South Indian flavour profile, look no further than the Curry Patta Mojito at Indian Kitchen. This innovative cocktail, an interesting twist on the classic mojito, is a blend of vodka, lime, mint and a handful of aromatic curry leaves. Served with crushed ice and a generous addition of lemon wedges, this one is sure to be a refreshing drink. `345++ At MG Road. Details: 9986699199

    Text: Rashmi Rajagopal Lobo

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