Fresh fruits, citrus notes and light spirits come into their own, as city mixologists help beat the heat creatively.
Drinks on MG
Head bartender Alfonso del Portillo Valdés swears by his Elderflower Cooler, which combines gin, elderflower, cucumber and club soda, pointing out that when the base spirit is un-aged, you experience a dryer, more refreshing taste. The same goes for the Kalimotxo, which has a base of un-aged red white, along with blackberry, lime and Coca Cola. At MG Road. Details: 49652950
High Ultra Lounge
At 420 feet up, opt for the Cell Your Soul cocktail. This one is great for whiskey lovers, as it combines Jim Beam Bourbon from Kentucky with ginger ale, and uses fresh lime, pink grapefruit juice and celery leaves to round off that summery taste. At WTC, Malleswaram. Details: 49653540
Head to the Movenpick hotel’s rooftop bar for the Classic Pink Gingerale, with capitalises on ginger’s refreshing properties, against a base of Bacardi white rum. For pure brain freeze, go for the Frozen Kiwi Daiquiri, which blends Bacardi blanco, triple sec, kiwi puree, lime juice and sugar syrup with crushed ice. At BEL Circle. Details: 43001000
Saji Thachery, F&B manager at The Taj West End recommends cocktails with fresh, seasonal fruits paired with lighter liquors. Try the Ice Berg, a sprightly amalgamation of frozen lemon, lime juice, sugar syrup, blue curacao and sparkling water. We’d also put a word in for the Blue View, which pairs fresh litchi and mango juice with lime, blue curacao and sprite. At The Taj West End, Race Course Road. Details: 66605660