Luxebook May 2023

When you think of a spirit like whisky, you almost never imagine it in a cocktail. And true aficionados will agree that a whisky is best enjoyed neat or at the very least over ice. However, over the years, aficionados and amateurs have both become open to the idea of a good whisky cocktail, favouring classics like the whisky sour and highball. And while we love the classics, a little experimentation is always fun! Refreshing the classics with a contemporary take, expert mixologists around the country shared their modern recreations of classic whisky cocktails made especially for the warm summer season. Check out these cocktail recipes below! 1. Aunty’s Hooch — Kapil Dubey, Food & Beverage Manager, ITC Grand Central Ingredients: 90ml white wine 30ml vodka 30ml orange juice 15ml sweet & sour 30ml carrot juice Garnish: orange wheel Method: Pour ingredients into shaker & shake well with ice. Strain in balloon glass. Top it up with white wine. Garnish- orange wheel. 2. Cuban Sour — Varun Sharma, Head of Bars, EHV International Ingredients: 60ml aged rum 15ml spice mix water 3 to 4 dashes of wine bitters Wine foam Method: Mix the aged rum, wine bitters, and citrusy tea water and blend with the special spice mix Refreshing whisky cocktails inspired by the classics Expert mixologists give classic whisky cocktails a modern makeover fit for the summers COMPILED BY SCHENELLE DSOUZA water made with Indian spices like coriander seeds, cinnamon, star anise, bay leaf and Guntur chilli. Top with the wine foam and garnish with star anise. 3. Dark Knight — Vishal Tawde, Head Mixologist, PCO Mumbai Ingredients: 50m whisky 12.5ml caramel syrup 10ml lime acid Garnish: Espresso foam Method: Shaken 4. Gleaming Reno — Glenmorangie Ingredients: 40ml Glenmorangie Lasanta 1/2 a passionfruit 10ml ginger syrup 15ml pineapple juice 1 dash vanilla bitters 10ml egg white Method: Add the whisky, tropical ginger syrup, pineapple juice, lemon juice and egg white into a cocktail shaker. Then scoop the seeds and flesh from half a passion fruit and add them too. Fill with ice cubes and shake well, then strain into a chilled martini glass. And don’t forget to bring some bling to the glass. We suggest gold leaf and a lemon twist. 5. Golden era: Captivation — Atul Mastud, Bar Shift Manager, Hakkasan Ingredients: 45ml Bourbon 15ml date cordial 20ml schezuapn shrub Yang walker 4 drops of aromatic bitters Garnish: Skewered date, date powder & edible gold Method: Stir & single strain 4 2 3 COCKTAIL HOUR 28|LUXEBOOK|MAY 2023 MAY 2023 |LUXEBOOK|29