A tipple-happy sip into history

Updated: 03 January, 2014 00:00 IST | The Guide team |

The Guide re-stirs the legend about Mumbai's oldest surviving cocktail ” From the Harbour 'Since 1933'. Cheers to the nostalgia

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.

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.

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>>

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

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

First Published: 30 December, 2013 00:00 IST

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