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    Indian ingredients add a zesty punch to cocktail menus across the cityA�

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

    Date night
    A little on the heavier side, the Mumma Nu Double Dose at Sodabottleopenerwala is the way to go if youa��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 Bara��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
    Therea��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 youa��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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