There's tea in my Martini!

Aug 03, 2013, 00:44 IST | Dhara Vora and Kanika Sharma

The incessant rains might have been bringing a chill down the bone. In a bid to shake things up and be spared of the tea-coffee-hot chocolate dose, Dhara Vora and Kanika Sharma have worked up quirky alternatives to help spike up your drinks with heady cocktails, hand-picked from around the city

Do try these at home!

Tea Toddy
Try this delicious, sweet-bitter recipe of Tea Toddy by Serafina’s bartender Vicky Solanki at home.

10 ml Honey
70 ml Apple juice
15 ml Caramel syrup
150 ml Hot black tea
45 ml Dark rum
1 Cinnamon stick for garnish
Muddle the cinnamon stick in a shaker tin, add caramel syrup, apple juice, honey and stir well. Add hot black tea, dark rum and serve in a brandy balloon glass with cinnamon stick as a garnish.
For `450 plus taxes
At Serafina, Palladium, Lower Parel.
Call 40237711

Hot Gaelic Chocolate
Warm and fuzzy is how we’ll describe it. An absolute pick-me-up for rainy days, we are sure that chocolate lovers will have another reason to do a jig

Ingredients for the Indigo Velvet Cream:
120 ml Vodka
120 ml Brandy
120 ml Whiskey
400 gm Condensed milk
1 tsp Coffee powder
1 tbsp Cocoa powder
120 ml Drinking chocolate powder
>>Mix all of the above ingredients in a bowl and stir evenly to avoid lumps.
>>Pour this mixture into a blender and blend till it reaches a slightly thick consistency.

Ingredients for the Cocktail:
30 ml Whiskey
180 ml Hot milk
4 tbsp Drinking chocolate powder
Whipped cream (according to glass)
>>In a glass pour 30 ml whiskey and add 30 ml of Indigo Velvet Cream to it.
>>Pour hot milk over the blend.
>>Add 4 tbsp of drinking chocolate powder and stir.
>>Top the glass by piping whipped cream over the hot chocolate. 

For Rs 485 plus taxes
At All Indigo Delis across the city.
Call 43666666 (Lower Parel)

Here’s a molecular twist to your cocktail. A sweet and sour mix - green made potent with gin - T-Tini gets extra flavour with some dry ice smoking: done with ginger, lemongrass and kafir lime.

For `650 plus taxes
At The Daily, behind Shoppers Stop, SV Road, Bandra (W).
Call 9920446633

Why settle for just a warm cup of coffee when you can spike it with some coffee liqueur? Try Escobar’s Espressotini instead.

For `600
At Escobar, VN Sphere Mall, 4th floor, Linking Road, Bandra (W).
Call 42760000

Oh! Sweet Ninja
Dark and hitting, this ninja is a knock out with vodka, Kahlua, espresso shot, vanilla monin and cinnamon powder. Only a ninja can kill a ninja!

For Rs 450 plus taxes
At Shiro, Bombay Dyeing Mill Compound, Worli.
Call 66511207

Tiramisu Cocktail
A coffee-lover’s delight, this cocktail mixes the goodness of cream, sugar and coffee to whip up a delicious drink that is also a dessert!

For `375 plus taxes
At Otto Infinito, G Block, Raheja Towers, Bandra Kurla Complex, Bandra (E).
Call 26567777

Cafe Marula
Sip this sweet cocktail with a bitter tinge to it that will surely be a hit with Amarula fans. The freshen-me-up has black coffee, whipped Wouhouuuu cream and demerera sugar as other ingredients.

For Rs 400 plus taxes
At Cafe Zoe, Mathuradas Mills Compound, Lower Parel .
Call 24902066

From behind the bar

“Cocktails with caffeine are especially refreshing and are apt for late-nighters. We often get orders for them when patrons are done with the meals. Such cocktails are a definite change. We pitch our own tea-based cocktail when people are fed up of iced tea, which most bars have that on offer. As it is a different concept, we have to educate people by usually saying, ‘why don’t you give it a try and if you don’t like it, there are no charges’. In fact, we’ve never got a denial from a customer.” Eluther Gomes, Head Bartender at The Daily

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