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Mumbai, shaken or stirred?

india Updated: Sep 07, 2012 17:01 IST
Shweta Mehta

Englishman Tim Etherington Judge hasn’t grown up in India, but he’s visited quite a few cities here — for a new range of cocktails he’s created. The mixologist has just come up with a range of drinks that represent the characters of Mumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Chennai, Delhi and Pune. The drinks are available at Vivanta by Taj President, Cuffe Parade. Judge shares a few of his recipes:

Pune — Mai Cai
Judge takes inspiration from his road trips to Pune. “It’s very beautiful, I’ve given this drink a very fresh, citrusy twist,” he says.
Ingredients: 45ml Ketel One, 3/4 fresh lime quartered, 1 wedge of fresh orange, 15ml Monin Orgeat (almond), 1 barspoon sugar syrup
Garnish: Orange Wedge
Method: Muddle lime quarters, orange wedge and orgeat in a cocktail shaker. Add Ketel One and ice, shake for 10 seconds. Then strain and garnish

Bengaluru — Berry Ristretto
For Judge, the inspiration in Bengaluru was coffee. “The industry is based there, so what better way to represent it than with a shot of south Indian espresso?” he asks.
Ingredients: 45ml Ketel One, 15ml Monin Cassis (blackcurrant) , 1 shot of fresh espresso
Garnish: 3 coffee beans floating on top
Method: Shake all ingredients very hard for 10 seconds with cubed ice and strain into a chilled glass

Chennai — Rasam Mary
The inspiration here is quite obvious – the humble rasam. Judge says, “It’s a twist on the world’s favourite morning-after drink, the Bloody Mary. I’ve used tamarind and coriander infused tomato rasam along with a 320 year old vodka.”
Ingredients: 45ml Ketel One, 135ml tomato rasam
Garnish: Cherry tomato skewer
Method: Build in an ice filled glass

Mumbai — Fresh Apple Pie
“The green apple is considered an economic indicator. The more it’s consumed, the more prosperous the city is considered,” says Judge. He clubs apple and cinnamon for his ode to Mumbai.
Ingredients: 45ml Ketel One, 1 green apple, 30ml apple juice, 5ml cinnamon sugar syrup
Garnish: Apple slice
Method: Muddle the apple with cinnamon syrup and then shake all ingredients with cubed ice and double strain into a chilled glass