MUMBAI COCKTAIL WEEK – THE MASTER CLASS 

The Mumbai Cocktail week began on the 2nd of April and went on till the 9th. It was a week full of drinks, crawls, competitions and workshops. We got a chance to attend the bartending class at Havana, Colaba. 

The session began with Mr. Nicholas Ord making some martinis. He spoke about the habits of Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill. He also shared with us the story behind the Patiala peg. 
He showcased wet and dry martinis with olives and orange zest used as garnishes.

   

The next mixologist of the evening was Evgenya Prazdnik. She is the bartender at Gunpowder, Goa. Even after having  12 years of experience behind the counter, she still uses the jigger for measuring her drinks. 

Apart from giving us several tips, she showcased her four creations listed below.

  


KNIGHT AND SOUR

Ingredients : 

1. Red Label- 50 ml

2. Sugar syrup – 20 ml 

3. Lime juice – 20 ml

4. Red wine 

5. Egg white

6. Aromatic bitters – 3 drops 

Procedure :

1. Pour the whiskey along with the sugar syrup, egg white and lime juice into a cocktail mixer. Shake lightly without ice. 

2. Now put a few ice cubes and shake well. 

3. Strain the drink into a glass filled with ice.  

4. Now add the red wine with the help of a bottle with a nozzle to create a red rim. 

5. For garnishing, use orange zest, mint buds and sprinkle dried berries on top.

  

3.14

Ingredients : 

1. Stolichnaya vodka – 50 ml

2. Fresh peas – 3 whole 

3. Lime juice – 20 ml

4. Coconut water – 50 ml 

5. Vanilla infused castor sugar

Procedure :

1. Squash the peas, along with their skin, in the mixer. 

2. Pour the vodka along with coconut water and lime juice into a cocktail mixer. Shake lightly without ice. 

3. Now put a few ice cubes and shake well. 

4. Strain the drink into a glass filled with ice. 

5. For garnishing, use fresh peas and the castor sugar infused with vanilla.

  

LADY JANE

Ingredients : 

1. Earl Grey infused gin – 50 ml

2. Lavender simple syrup – 20 ml 

3. Lime juice – 20 ml

4. Egg white

Procedure :

1. Infuse the gin with Earl Grey tea by the dripping technique using a filter. 

2. Pour the gin along with the lavender simple syrup, egg white and lime juice in a cocktail mixer. Shake lightly without ice. 

3. Now put a few ice cubes and shake well. 

4. Strain the drink into a martini glass. 

5. For garnishing, use powdered Earl Grey tea with some lavender buds.

  

FRIDAY MARKET

Ingredients : 

1. Gordon’s gin – 50 ml

2. Fresh coriander

3. Litchi juice – 50 ml

4. Lime juice – 20 ml

5. Honey syrup – 20 ml

6. Kewra water spray 

Procedure :

1. Make a chutney like paste of the fresh coriander and honey syrup. 

2. Pour the gin along with this paste, litchi juice and lime juice in a cocktail mixer. 

3. Put a few ice cubes and shake well. 

4. Strain the drink into a glass and spray a few drops of Kewra water on top. 

5. For garnishing, use fresh coriander leaves. A slice of gold paint sprayed lotus stem can also be used to enhance the looks of the drink.

  
All the hype generated around the cocktail week, had probably risen the bar of expectations, way too much. More than 80 renowned bars participating and with some of the big names as sponsors, we did expect a lot. When an event, at such a big scale, is not managed properly, it is indeed a nightmare. 

The invite promised us food and a welcome drink; forget getting any of this, there was no one to acknowledge us as bloggers. We took it as a bad day, but when we heard similar reviews about the other events, it was just disappointing.

PUBLISHED BY AKSHAY LALCHANDANI Writer | Intense Foodie | Explorer 

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