Little did we know two centuries ago that cocktails will evolve from just being the celebratory element at events to a drink we enjoy on a regular basis. Since the term “cocktail” was formally defined on May 13, 1806, the day has been celebrated with readily accessible ingredients that may be mixed with your favourite spirit, be it Scotch, vodka or gin.
Diageo India continues its tradition of offering summertime in a glass with a few delectable recipes. These expert recommendations come from Brand Ambassadors of Diageo in India, Ajay Nayyar, Afzal Kaba and Mayur Marne. Raise a toast to your love!
Johnnie Coco Highball
Johnnie Walker Black Label: 60ml
Take a Highball glass and fill it with ice. Pour the whisky and top with coconut soda. Stir it gently; then add coconut as garnish and serve.
Note: For fresh coconut water soda, we can have two recipes: Take some fresh coconut water and fizz it, using soda syphon. Alternately, make coconut syrup and add a little citric acid to make it a cordial. Pour 30ml of this cordial into chilled soda.
Smirnoff Cucumber Cooler
Smirnoff vodka: 60ml
Lime juice: 20ml
Cucumber chunks: 10
Slit green chilly: half
Add four cubes of ice along with all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker and shake well. Double strain the liquid into a Highball glass. Garnish with coriander sprig and cucumber slice.
Spiced Maple Sour
Black & White Scotch whisky: 60ml
Maple syrup: 2 tbsp
Pumpkin spice powder: half tsp
Fresh lime juice: 20ml
In a Highball glass filled with ice, pour the whisky, add the maple syrup, pumpkin spice powder and stir. Top with lime juice. Sprinkle pumpkin spice and cinnamon stick as garnish.
No 'Single' Way
Singleton Of Glendullan 12YO: 60ml
Lime juice: 15ml
Add four cubes of ice along with all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker and shake well. Double strain the liquid into a Martini/ Coupe. Garnish with an orange peel.
Tanqueray London Dry gin: 45ml
Lime Juice: 10ml
Honey: 1 tsp
Add four cubes of ice along with all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker and shake well. Double strain the liquid into an Old Fashioned glass. Garnish ith a lime wheel or basil sprig and serve.