3 Easy Indian Cocktail Recipes To Make You Popular This Diwali

Diwali is upon us and you know that means! Booze Party!! You didn’t know? It’s a ritual, on the day of Diwali, you spend the entire day prepping the house for guests, you light your candles in the evening, and when the house is full, you sit with your friends, serve up some delish’ chakhna and crack open the bottles. You spend the entire night sharing stories and laughing and singing and dancing, till everyone passes out from exhaustion. Then you wake up in the morning and eat leftovers, because leftovers are the best things ever!

But you need to amp up you booze game this Diwali. Make it more fun and nostalgic, so here are some recipes that will get the stories and laughter going.

Rooh-Afza Mojito

What is Diwali without paying tribute to this weird-ass drink that almost everyone has had at some point in their childhood. If you haven’t  tasted it, go try it. It tastes like a trip to your relative’s house and also, like going to your friends house on a sunny day. It tastes like sugar and it smells like bachpan.

Ingredients
Mint leaves
Lemon slices
1 tsp. White sugar (per glass)
Ice cubes
15ml Rooh Afza
45ml white rum (per glass)
Sprite

Recipe
Place mint leaves, lime slice, and sugar in bottom of a glass and muddle with a spoon until mint is crushed. Fill glass with ice cubes. Pour rum rooh-afza and soda over the ice; stir.

Vodka-am Panna

Remember when summers struck and every house would have a bottle of the readymade aam-panna syrup? And the fancy houses would make aam panna from scratch! Well, it’s summer somewhere this diwali and nothing pairs better with vodka than raw mangoes, and ice.

Ingredients
Aam Panna syrup
30 ml Vodka per glass
Ice cubes
Chilled water
Jeera Powder

Recipe
Add aam Panna syrup, vodka and water, stir well. Add ice and top with some roasted jeera powder.

Ganne ka Vodka

"Ganne ka juice" is India. The sound of that wheel going round and round is like Christmas all year round. So, go out and buy a jug full of ganna a juice for this cocktail. This will surely make you popular among your peers.

Ingredients
30 ml of plain vodka per glass
Sugarcane juice
Cumin seeds
Juice of a lemon (to taste)
Pink salt
Crushed ice

Recipe
You could line the rims of the glasses with rock salt for presentation. Add vodka to the glasses. Put the sugarcane juice in the blender, add a little bit of rock salt, lemon juice, roasted cumin seed powder and blend it. Pour into the glass, top with ice some mint leaves for freshness (optional).

WRITTEN BY  - Shubhroja Sen shubhrojasen@bingedaly.in

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