Innovative Desi Cocktails You Must Try

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Innovative Desi Cocktails You Must Try


Summoning a sense of adventure? How about trying out new cuisines? How about a challenge? Making experimental, desi-inspired cocktails that push the limits of traditional mixology! Are you ready for it? These are quick, simple, and very cheap cocktails that will help you excel in the field of home mixology:

Kariveppila Mojito

Introducing the Kariveppila Mojito, where aromatic curry leaves take center stage, infused with the sweetness of honey. Here's how to whip up this refreshing desi delight:


  • 45 ml white rum (opt for quality)
  • 8-10 curry leaves
  • 5-7 mint leaves
  • Juice from one medium-sized lemon
  • Honey (to taste)
  • Club soda or sparkling water
  • Crushed ice


  1. In a standard glass, muddle lemon juice, honey, mint leaves, and curry leaves.
  2. Transfer the mix to a cocktail shaker, adding rum and crushed ice, then shake well.
  3. Pour the concoction into a Collins/Highball glass, topping it up with club soda.
  4. Garnish with a lime wedge, swizzle stick, and a drinking straw.
  5. Serve chilled.

Ganne ka Vodka

Spice up your celebrations with Ganne ka Vodka, which blends sugarcane juice, cumin, and vodka for a delightful twist:


  • 45 ml plain vodka
  • Sugarcane juice
  • Coarse powder of cumin seeds
  • Juice of a lemon (to taste)
  • Pink salt
  • Crushed ice


  1. Dry roast cumin seeds, grind into a coarse powder.
  2. Line the glass rim with pink salt.
  3. In a cocktail shaker, combine vodka, cumin powder, sugarcane juice, lemon juice, and crushed ice.
  4. Shake well, then pour into a highball or lowball glass.
  5. Optional: Add proper ice cubes and strain the drink.

High Rasam

Explore the flavors of the south with High Rasam. Think of it as a martini with a twist of tomato rasam:


  • 45 ml vodka
  • Chilled and strained rasam
  • A pinch of dry-roasted ground cumin
  • 5-6 curry leaves
  • Ice


  1. Muddle curry leaves.
  2. Mix vodka, curry leaves, Rasam, and ice in a cocktail mixer.
  3. Shake well.
  4. Strain into a martini glass.
  5. Sprinkle cumin powder and serve.

Rum Ananas

Savor the tropical vibes with Rum Ananas, a personalized take on the classic rum and pineapple combo:


  • 45 ml dark rum
  • Pineapple juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • Pink salt or chaat masala
  • Ice


  1. Line the glass with pink salt/chaat masala and refrigerate.
  2. In a cocktail shaker, combine rum, pineapple juice, lemon juice, and ice.
  3. Shake well.
  4. Strain into a Collins glass, garnish with a lime wedge, and serve.

Ginger Mingler

Embrace the originality of Ginger Mingler, a spunky concoction made with readily available kitchen ingredients:


  • 45 ml whisky
  • 1 tsp ginger syrup
  • Club soda/sparkling water
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • A sprinkling of rock salt
  • 1 green chili, split (optional)
  • Ice cubes

Ginger Syrup

  • 200 gm fresh ginger
  • 4 cups water
  • 300 gm sugar
  • A pinch of salt


  1. Prepare ginger syrup in advance.
  2. Mix whisky, ginger syrup, lemon juice, and ice in a cocktail shaker.
  3. Shake well.
  4. Strain into a Collins glass. Then top with soda; serve with a swizzle stick.
  5. Optional: Garnish with rock salt or rim the glass.
  6. For an extra kick, add a green chili.

Embark on your mixology journey using these extraordinary desi cocktails, each featuring an arresting combination of flavors and local creativity. Whether you're a cocktail aficionado or an amateur, these recipes will surely tantalize your taste buds and ignite your passion for experimental mixology. Cheers to homemade signature cocktails!

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