As the World Cup fever continues, bars in Delhi have come up with special cocktails to cater to soccer crazy fans. More than the ingredients in the glass, however, it’s the creative names — ranging from the mildly interesting to the bizarre and even insulting —that stand out.
The O Experience in Vasant Vihar is offering Kick Off (vodka and kiwi), Red Card (white spirits and cranberry juice), and Goal Post (rum, lime and mint), among others. At F Bar & Lounge, you’ll find Rooney’s Temper and Hand of God.
But leading the pack when it comes to eye-popping names are News Café in Vasant Kunj and Golf Bar at ITC Maurya. At the former, shot names include Mexican Asshole, French Head Butt, and even Sowetan Toilet (for South Africa). General manager Ryan Scheltema says, “It has to do with the country they’re named after, for the liquor used or the origin of the shot. Mexican Asshole, for example, has tequila. The American shot has bourbon. As for the Sowetan Toilet — it’s because it looks like a piece of faeces in a toilet!”
At Golf Bar, there are 12 special cocktails with names ranging from Messi the Bootlegger (after Argentinian star Lionel Messi) and Tipsy Torres (after Spain’s Fernando Torres) to Inebriated Xavi (referring to the Spanish midfielder).
ITC Maurya’s bar manager explains, “We were looking for a name to entice people. The cocktails have ingredients from the countries they represent. For example, Rooney’s Penalty Strike has Scotch whisky.”
While DU student Aditya Dasgupta “loved” the names at News Cafe, ad professional Divya was not impressed. “I went there with my parents, and names like ‘Mexican Asshole’ were embarrassing.”
Scheltema says, "These are common shooter names around the world. It’s mostly for humour, and when guests find out about the origin, it makes sense. We didn’t include some shots, such as Brazilian Slippery Nipple, because we didn’t know how the Indians will take it.”
Fans have taken names in good spirit at Golf Bar, too. “Touchwood, till now we haven’t had any negative feedback,” says Khanna.