Ekaa takes inspiration from Ayurveda

Ekaa takes inspiration from Ayurveda Cocktails made from (L-R) Brahmi, camphor and Himalayan fir.

It is the desire to constantly evolve with inspirations from the motherland, from travels and memories, that keeps the flame of creativity alive at Ekaa, Mumbai’s multi-award-winning and critically acclaimed restaurant by chef Niyati Rao.

It recently unveiled its enigmatic new bar programme, ‘Dwadash’, an extraordinary menu that takes inspiration from the rich heritage of Ayurveda.

Curated by Jishnu A.J., Head Mixologist, the second edition of the cocktail menu at Ekaa is rooted in ancient traditions, ingredients and flavours that have mapped the Ayurvedic history of India.

“Our journey with Dwadash began almost a year ago, driven by a deep desire to create something authentically Indian,” says Jishnu. “We have now delved deeper into the world of Ayurveda to highlight its vast array of forgotten ingredients.”

At Ekaa, the focus has always been on ingredients, on pushing boundaries, and building its own blueprint. Dwadash serves as a testament to this savoir-faire, focusing on herbs, spices, roots, and other ingredients, often lost in the archives, which have been sourced from diverse corners of India.

The Dwadash menu features drinks such as ‘Wormwood’ with citrus gin, a tantalising fusion of zesty orange, aromatic cinchona bark, and toasted coriander, heightened by the subtle sweetness of jasmine syrup.


The ingredients here include (L-R) khus, mountain pepper and wormwood.


The concoction dances on the palate with the perfect blend of house-made vermouth, and Chirreta, creating a symphony of flavours that captivate the senses.

For a taste of the exotic, ‘Kapur Kachri’ blends the Indian Agave spirit mixed with kapur kachri, clarified apple juice, and the refreshing essence of kiwi. The effervescence of bubbles and the citrusy kick of supasawa elevate the experience, leaving a lingering impression of sophistication.

The ‘Khus’ is a delight featuring smoked Tequila, khus roots and the intriguing fusion of honey-black garlic. This refined potion is balanced with the purity of clarified apples and the bright notes of supasawa, promising a nuanced and unforgettable taste adventure.

Each sip tells a story of craftsmanship and creativity, a testament to the artistry behind Ekaa’s exceptional libations.