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A tipple-happy sip into history

According to urban lore, in 1933, two American gentlemen were travelling via the Indian Ocean in their personal yacht. During their journey the wife of one of the gentleman communicated with them via radio “Mike, the prohibition has finally ended.” This was wonderful news for the men because from 1920 to 1933 alcohol had been prohibited in America. The men decided to celebrate the news with a drink. They docked their boat at the Gateway of India, and headed towards the Harbour Bar at the Taj Mahal Palace.


The Harbour Bar inside the Taj Mahal Hotel faces the Apollo Bunder and the Arabian Sea. Pics/ Pradeep Dhivar

Seated by the bar they narrated their story to the bartender and requested him to quench their 13-year thirst with an Indian fruitful cocktail. To which the bartender said, “Leave it up to me!” He then creatively made use of Indian juices and infused fruits, started shaking it and poured the contents into a glass.


Bartender T Mistry has been creating this cocktail for several decades together

To the guests’ disbelief he then started burning the concoction. “Don’t burn my drink,” wept the gentleman as the bartender continued to flame the alcohol. “Don’t worry,” he assured, “This will only make it better!”

Sure enough the first sip gave thunders and shivers to the men. “What’s the name of this masterpiece?” asked Mike. “Well sir!

It would be an honour if you would name it as it has been made today, especially for you,” came the reply. Completely floored Mike stood on the bar stool,
raised his glass and announced “From the Harbour ‘Since 1933”’. 110 years later, the bar still serves patrons this historic slice of undiluted history. 

The recipe>>

Ingredients
60ml gin
15 ml peach liquor
120 ml pineapple juice
60 ml cranberry juice
30 ml chartreuse
Fresh fruits — green apple and pomegranate

Method
Push the fruits in the glass
Add gin and peach liquor
Add the juices and shake well
Flambé the chartreuse 

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