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In India, one of many largest whisky-consuming nations on the earth, not simply Indian whisky however whisky cocktails too are having a second. As an increasing number of millennials are prepared to experiment with their drinks, bartenders and mixologists are creating whisky cocktails with Indian spices, espresso, tea and chocolate. “We see individuals experimenting with fruity flavours and even sugar-free, natural options in cocktails are in demand,” says Tony Fernandes, mixologist, JW Marriott Mumbai Juhu.

The demand for smoky whiskies akin to Lagavulin, Laphroaig and Ardmore for cocktails has additionally gone up. “A smoky whisky tends to mix higher with numerous varieties of mixers and herbs which add to the perfume and aftertaste of the cocktail,” says Raghav Wanchoo, beverage supervisor, ITC, Gardenia, Bengaluru.

Apart from, within the lockdown, as an increasing number of individuals are attempting out new whisky cocktail recipes at residence, they’re additionally selecting/making the suitable ice to relax their whisky, says bartender Yangdup Lama, co-owner of Sidecar bar in Delhi, ranked 16 on Asia’s 50 Greatest Bars 2021 listing. “Most ice tends to soften quick, and also you positively don’t need your costly drink to be watered down,” says Lama. “Crystal clear, exhausting ice additionally provides to the way in which your whisky appears when poured in a glass,” he provides.

On World Whisky Day, listed here are some whisky cocktail recipes that may be made at residence, from among the high bars within the nation–Harbour Bar, The Taj Mahal Palace Lodge, Mumbai; Reflections, JW Marriott Mumbai Juhu; The Piano Bar and Cigar Lounge, The Oberoi, Gurgaon; Highland Nectar, ITC Gardenia Bengaluru, and Sidecar, Delhi.

Recipes by Ishan Nagpal, bar and lounge supervisor, The Oberoi, Gurgaon

Yuzu Highball

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Yuzu juice – 10 ml

Yuzu peel – 1 to 2

Contemporary grapefruit juice – 30 ml

Tonic water – to high up, 250 ml

Japanese whisky – 60 ml


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In a mixing glass, muddle yuzu peels. Add the whisky and ice, stir.

Pressure into an ice stuffed tall glass.

Add the lemon juice and stir correctly.

High up with grapefruit juice and tonic water.

Twist a yuzu peel on the drink and garnish.

Cafe Velvet

Cafe Velvet. Courtesy – The Oberoi, Gurugram


Scotch whisky (Highland single malt if attainable) – 60 ml

House-made espresso bitters – 2 to three dashes

Sweetened espresso – 10 ml

Tonic water – 250 ml

Saline – 2 ml


In a cocktail shaker, add whisky, 3 dashes of bitters, 2 drops of saline and sweetened espresso.

Shake properly for 20 seconds.

Pressure right into a tall glass stuffed with ice cubes.

Slowly high up with tonic water whereas sustaining the crema.



Whisky – 60 ml

Rosemary sprig

Spring Blossom Honey – 10 ml

House-made basil syrup – 10 ml

Wild lime juice – 15 ml

Valencia orange peels


Place an upside-down tumbler on a lit rosemary sprig to seize the smoke and add a smoky flavour to the drink.

In a separate mixing glass, gently muddle rosemary and orange peel.

Add the whisky, honey, syrup and lime juice.

Fill the glass with ice.

Stir until the honey is correctly dissolved.

Pressure into your smoked tumbler.

Garnish with the nonetheless smoking sprig and orange peel.

Recipes by Raghav Wanchoo, beverage supervisor, ITC Gardenia, Bengaluru

Harvest Moon


Whisky – 45ml

Dry rosemary – 3 to 4 leaves

Sugar syrup and lime juice – 15ml

Angostura bitters – 2 to three dashes


Barely burn the dry rosemary and put an inverted whisky glass on high of it so as to add a smoky flavour to the drink.

Fill a mixing glass with ice.

Add whisky, sugar syrup and lime juice and 2-3 dashes of Angostura bitters.

Stir for 2-3 minutes. Add ice to the whisky glass, which might now have an aroma of the burnt rosemary.

Pressure the beverage from the blending glass into the whisky glass.

Garnish with rosemary and lemon wedges.

Harvest Moon and Balcones Brimstone. Courtesy – ITC Gardenia, Bengaluru

Balcones Brimstone


Whisky – 45ml

Cardamom cloves – 5-6

Star anise – 2-3

Orange peel

Sugar syrup and lime juice – 15 ml


Barely burn the cardamom and star anise.

Use a mixing glass to muddle the herbs.

Add ice after which all of the elements one after the other i.e. whisky, sugar syrup and lime juice, and the orange peel.

Stir for 2-3 minutes.

Fill a martini glass with a lot of ice.

Empty the martini glass as soon as chilled and pressure the beverage from the blending glass into the martini glass.

Reduce the orange peel right into a twirl and use it as a garnish.

Recipes by Tony Fernandes, mixologist, JW Marriott, Juhu, Mumbai

Reflection Bitter


Balvenie 12 YO – 50 ml

Unique bitters – 3 dashes

Natural honey syrup – 20 ml

Bitter fruit juice (Freshly squeezed orange, grapefruit, dried orange zest) – 20 ml


Combine the elements and shake totally utilizing a cocktail shaker. Dry shake (with out ice) first after which moist shake (with ice).

Pour in a crystal whisky glass, garnish with a handful of Maraschino cherries and a pinch of cinnamon.

Yuan Yang Whisky Tea

Yuan Yang Whisky Tea. Courtesy – JW Marriott, Juhu, Mumbai


The Glenlivet 12 YO – 50 ml

A mixture of Assam tea – 60 ml and on a regular basis espresso combine concoction (2 ounces milk tea and ½ ounce brewed espresso).

Condensed milk – 10 ml


Combine all elements utilizing the ‘Throwing’ preparation method (straining the cocktail from one tin into one other through lengthy pours).

Serve sizzling or chilly in a cup.

Jaggery Julep


Glenmorangie infused with vanilla pod – 30 ml

Martini Rosso infused with cinnamon, inexperienced cardamom, clove, black pepper, star anise and steeped for 60 hours – 20 ml

Natural coconut jaggery extract – 10 ml


Combine all elements utilizing the ‘Construct’ technique—topping the elements over one another in a glass.

Garnish with a mint sprig and tiny chunks of jaggery.

Recipes by Jezan Limzerwala, assistant director meals and beverage, The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai

Whisky Plush


Paul John Single Malt – 60ml

Pineapple Juice – 30ml

Elderberry tea infused with maple syrup – 30ml

Mascarpone cheese – 1 bar spoon

Basil leaves – 2-3

Pineapple spear – 1 piece

Cornflakes – As required


Rim the glass with cornflakes together with a pineapple spear and basil leaves.

Stir the mascarpone cheese with whisky and pineapple juice.

Serve in an Previous-Customary Glass.

Berty’s Rob Roy

Berty’s Rob Roy. Courtesy – The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai


Chivas Regal 18 infused with uncooked mango – 45ml

Martini Bianco infused with cardamom – 15ml

Do-it-yourself spiced bitters – 2-3 drops


Combine the elements.

Garnish with uncooked mango and serve in a cocktail glass.

Recipes by Bartender Yangdup Lama, co-owner, Sidecar



Bourbon whisky – 60ml

Fragrant Bitters – 3 drops

Sugar dice – 1

Orange oil – 2-3 drops


In an Previous Customary Glass drop the sugar dice and fragrant bitters and muddle to dissolve the 2.

Pour a great measure of Bourbon whisky and fill the glass with ice/an ice block.

Stir to combine properly.

Add a number of drops of orange oil to the drink and garnish with an orange peel.



Bourbon/Rye whisky – 50ml

Candy/Crimson vermouth – 10ml

Fragrant bitters – 3 drops


In a mixing glass, measure out all the above elements.

Fill the glass with ice and stir for some time.

Pressure right into a tall stem glass (Nick & Nora/Martini).

Garnish with a glazed cherry/contemporary cherry.

Whisky Hello- Ball

Whisky Hello Ball. Courtesy – Sidecar, New Delhi


Mild Blended Scotch – 45ml

Aerated water (soda/flavoured soda/ginger ale) – to high

Citrus slice – for garnish


In a tall hi-ball measure the whisky and fill the glass with ice.

High along with your alternative of aerated water.

Garnish with a citrus slice and serve.

The best way to make good ice at residence

Boil water and permit it to chill.

Take a great dimension sq. Tupperware/ cake mould and fill with water till simply an inch under the rim.

Enable to freeze.

Because the ice freezes from one aspect all of the impurities and the air within the ice will get pushed to the aspect that freezes in the direction of the top.

Take the block ice and reduce out the aspect that’s cloudy.

One can use the clear aspect as blocks or cubes for drinks.

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