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February 24, 2024

Thirst quenchers: The best summer cocktails to try

Arushi Sakhuja
With the mercury soaring, you feel dry, parched and constantly crave something chilled. While nothing replaces the benefits of hydrating with water, on a night out, sipping on delicious summer cocktails after a long day at work seems quite appropriate. Bonus? The crushed iciness texture and drink with ice is an instant refresher. This summer it’s time to delight your palate as you make your way to these restaurants in India serving delicious cocktails.  
Geoffery’s, Hotel Marine Plaza  
Summer cocktails
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There’s nothing better than indulgent cocktails to enjoy a relaxed evening or weekend. Geoffery’s at Hotel Marine Plaza in Mumbai is offering a range of delicious summer mocktails. From the traditional tipples to the fresh flavours of the season. Don’t forget to try the Tea-Tini, a refreshing gin drink with a base of tea and flavoured rosemary.  
Where: The Bayview, Hotel Marine Plaza 
Poco Loco, South Mumbai & Khar
Summer cocktails
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Poco Loco brings some of the most bizzare flavour combinations in the form of drinks. From Tamarind Frozen Margarita to Mango Margarita with Berry Caviar, Poco Loco has got you covered. The Tamarind Frozen Margarita  is a classic drink for hot summer days in Mexico and with tequila to beat the heat. Nut the highlight is the El Mango Gazpachini which literally translates to a cocktail for the soul and the sun and for those who love Mango and berries, try the Mango Margarita with Berry Caviar.  
Where: Poco Loco Outlets in South Mumbai & Khar 
La Poz Place, Kala Ghoda 
Mango Margarita
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La Poz Place in Kala Ghoda invites you to try out their delicious summer cocktails which will be perfect to beat the heat this season. Indulge in their refreshing Lychee Mojito which is a rum-based cocktail made by adding mint leaves, and lemon slices & topped up with Lychee juice! Not just that, they have also introduced a tropical-inspired mango margarita made with Jose Cuervo tequila, mango puree, fresh lime juice and a dash of simple syrup which will satisfy your mango cravings for the season.
Where: La Poz Place, Kala Ghoda 
Out of The Blue, Mumbai
Summer cocktails Menu at Out of the Blue
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 Summer is also synonymous with fruits like watermelon and mango. This season Out of The Blue Mumbai’s menu of summer cocktails focuses on these summer special ingredients. Curated with white spirits like vodka and gin and the cocktails appeal to a more easy-going palette. Try the Mango Callin’ gin-based cocktail with fresh mango, mint, sweet and sour syrup, and mango tonic; or opt for the Summer Spritzer thirst quencher cocktail with cucumber, basil, apple juice, gin and tonic. Opt for a summery spin of the martini with the Mangotini that’s sweet, spicy and tangy. These are fuss-free and refreshing yet absolutely delicious.
Address: Out Of The Blue, 14, Union Park Rd Number 4, Khar, Union Park, W, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400052 
For reservations: 93248 39393 
Shiro, UB City, Bengaluru
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Make gourmet teas a little more interesting with a dash of alcohol. Shiro is amping up the summer fun with a delicious cocktail collaboration with Tea Trunk for a line-up of refreshing boozy teas. Giving summer cocktails a unique twist, the drinks are infused with unique blends of tea with a burst of flavour. Some of the cocktail choices include The Blue Peas Smash, which is a delightful mix of gin, blue pea green tea, fresh lime juice, honey syrup and soda. Rum lovers can enjoy the light and refreshing Chamomile Mint Collins made with white rum, fresh mint, fresh lime juice, simple syrup, and chamomile tea. Giving a twist to the classic martini, the Spice Tea Martini at Shiro blends vodka, apple juice, spice mix, orange peel and masala chai tea. Named after the fruit of the season, the Clock Work Mango combines gin, homemade rose syrup, fresh lime, simple syrup and mango mint tea. So are you ready for a little bit of fun? 
Where: Shiro, UB City 
Mamagoto, Pan India 
Mamagoto, Pan India 
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Step into summer with Mamagoto’s exclusive cocktail menu, Bangkok Nights inspired by the Flavors and aesthetics of Thailand. The restaurant has picked unique and refreshing cocktails from simple to bizarre combinations and a twist in some classics. Expect summer cocktails with Thai herbs and tropical fruits. The cocktails on the menu range from strong drinks with dark notes like the Black Cap Bird inspired by a coastal forest bird to sweet with fruity notes like the Bangkok Red Eye which is a refreshing drink with a coastal touch, and is a combination of Vodka, Coconut Milk, Coconut Water, Guava, Chilli Syrup, Lime Juice and Sparkling water. Mixing two completely different notes floral and smoky is The Rabbit which is a combination of Whisky, Hibiscus Tea, Lime Juice, Sugarcane Juice, Ginger Syrup, Bitters, Kaffir Lime Leaves, and Nutmeg Powder. An excellent combination of tangy and tart is the Tuk-Tuk Rush which is made with Gin, Cherry, Basil Leaf, Lime Juice and Sugar Syrup. And the list goes on…  With a variety of drinks to choose from, the chef’s recommendation is the Thai Twist Margarita, which is a classic drink with a Thai twist, a combination of Tequila, Orange Liqueur, Lime juice, Basil Leaves and Cucumber.
* The menu is an exclusive 45-day menu available from April 19 to June 9 at all their outlets across 12 cities 
Where: Pan India outlets 
Mexicola, Goa  
Summer cocktails
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Mexicola’s cocktail menu draws inspiration from the TV series, ‘Queen of the South’ providing the finest pairing of local Mexican ingredients within its concoctions. The use of Mexican Ingredients like adobo peppers and avocados keeps each sip naturally- flavoured and revitalising. There is nothing to beat the refreshing Margarita Nouveau, the El Cabron with a kick that will make you order another one, and the delightful avocado and mint-based cocktail, Eh Pendejo. Mexicola is more than just a restaurant; it’s a true taste of Mexican culture and tipples.  
Where: 1755, 2, Anjuna Mapusa Rd, Mazal Waddo, Anjuna, Goa 403509 
Woodside Inn, Mumbai  
Woodside Inn, Mumbai  
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No meal is complete without a delicious drink, and Woodside Inn has the perfect complement to its Summer Specials Menu. In Colaba, try Jose Cuervo Tequila, House fermented Pineapple Tepache, Jalapeño, or Citrus for a spicy and refreshing cocktail. In Andheri, sip on the Fresh Mango & Pomegranate Sangria Blanco, a fruity and light drink that is perfect for a sunny day. In Bandra, indulge in the Short Story Gin, Fresh Blueberry, Mulberry & Gooseberry Shrub or Svami Lite Tonic Water for a tart and slightly sweet drink that is perfect for sipping. 
Where: Woodside Inn, Mumbai (Bandra, Andheri, Colaba) 
Sly Granny, Pan India  
Plum Affair
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Lychee Rose Martini 2.0
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Looking for delicious summer cocktails to go with your refreshing dishes? Then head to Mamagoto to savour some of their famous cocktails, Paloma Milk from Sly Granny in Goa made of Tequila Blanco, fresh pink grapefruit juice, simple syrup, citrus, buffalo milk wash and bubbles; A Plum Affair from Sly Granny Cafe, Saket made with Gin, martini rosso, bitters and plum reduction, or even A Match-Ado About Whiskey from Tereza Beach House by Sly Granny, Nerul, Goa made with Whiskey, matcha tea, ginger syrup and citrus juice. Apart from these, there are a variety of cocktails to choose from, something for everyone, whether one likes Gin, Vodka, Tequila or Whiskey. 
Where: All Sly Granny outlets in India 
190’Amsl, Novotel Mumbai International Airport 

Beat the heat this summer with some extraordinary cocktails from 190’ Amsl. The newest rooftop bar located on the 12th floor of Novotel Mumbai offers stunning views of the city skyline.  With world-class mixology, some of the must-try cocktails are El Dorado made with gin, Jagermeister, Cinzano Rosso, and Oakwood. Rum Pa Pa Rum is for cocktail connoisseurs, it is a passionfruit-infused captain morgan, lemon juice, passionfruit syrup, and aquafaba. For a tequila and basil hit to do away with your summer woes try the Vista Aerea and more!  
Where: Novotel Mumbai International Airport 
UNO Izakaya, Bengaluru 
Summer cocktails
Photo Courtesy: UNO Izakaya, Bengaluru
UNO Izakaya reopens with a completely new menu and ambience for its patrons to experience Japanese-style dining with a contemporary twist. Focusing on Japanese flavours and modern techniques, the mocktail and cocktail menu at UNO Izakaya is a perfect harmony of classics with an unexpected twist and gastronomically inspired drinks like Ikigai, Sakura, and Osaka Mule, to name a few. To make it truly authentic, the bar offers a wide selection of Sake, fine wines, and Japanese craft beer alongside its specially curated Ginza-style cocktail menu. 
Where: Uno Izakaya, JW Marriott Hotel Bengaluru 
For reservations: +91 8197097765 
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