7 September 2015

Unique cocktail in India

Landed in Delhi, checked into the hotel and then went to the lobby bar downstairs. Virtually no one was there. Which suited me fine since I was going to make a few phone calls and check office emails which are not very easy in an overflowing bar. But first, I made friends with the guy mixing drinks – Shubham is his name – and asked what would be an unique Indian cocktail he could fix for me. He made a few suggestions with jalapeños but I told him I have tried all those or variations thereof.

He said “Wait here” and went inside. I was not in a hurry to go anywhere – so I just sat there. In a few minutes, he came back with two plastic packets. Very curious, I asked him what do you have? “Imli paste and gur, sir!” That would be tamarind and jaggery.

In a few minutes he whipped up a cocktail that certainly lived up to my expectations of a nice Indian cocktail. I got to try that back at home. Although, I am probably going to try with vodka and gin instead of whiskey – which is what I just had…


Posted September 7, 2015 by Rajib Roy in category "Vacations


  1. By Rajib Roy on

    Anuradha Malik Suri a friend’s terrible PJ – alcohol and I were always “jaggery” dost. I just found out today how so 🙂

  2. By Anuradha Malik Suri on

    Am really curious as to how will u manage to wake up in time for an early morning run tom ..after landing post a transcontinental flight…will understand this tom!!

  3. By Rajib Roy on

    I just finished exchanging notes on Fever Tree tonic water with my new friend here. I will get up – dont worry… 🙂


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