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Make Diwali All About These 7 Desi Cocktails

By Trishi Dhingra

Updated - Oct. 20, 2022 3 min read

This Diwali, we upgraded your festive cocktail menu. And it's all desi! That's right. So, no more Dirty Martinis or Bloody Marys, this season, let's colour our favourite concoctions, Indian and delicious!

 

Here are 7 yummy ones you can start with.

 

1. Martini with Jamun

If gin is your poison, this sweet-and-sour martini cocktail will win you over. This Diwali, take our advice and don't gulp down your gin with that left-over bottle of Sprite. It probably has no fizz left in it anyway.

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Your order: London dry gin with Jamun, lime juice, and some sugar syrup

 

 

2. Khus and Gin Sherbet

Diwali is the most awaited celebration of the year. Well, drinking gin with buds is a close second. But this time, we're giving you another reason to love both. Khus and Gin Sherbet! A unique cocktail with the goodness of Khus (our mom's favourite desi nuska) and a kick of gin. Serve cold with crispy corn on the side. 

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Your order: London dry gin, Khus syrup, lime juice, salt, Sprite/7-Up to top up

 

 

3. Orange Zinger

Add some zing to your Diwali parties and drinks! Next up we have an old-fashioned whiskey-based cocktail that comes with a hint of ginger and the oomph that comes with orange marmalade. Sidebar: Ginger cocktails are always a big hit and this one is a must-try for all whiskey fans.

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Your order: Indian whiskey, orange marmalade, ginger, and soda

 

 

4. Chai White Russian

Cocktails are a great conversation starter. And this, in particular, is an amazing choice when you're hosting a Diwali party.

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Your order: Vodka (vanilla vodka works great), chai, and cream (can use light or half & half)

 

 

5. Vodka Shikanji

Desi shikanji offers a next-level high that can't be matched. But this Diwali, crank it up a notch. Pour that bottle of vodka and give your shikanji the buzz it's missing. 

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Your order: Vodka, lime juice, sugar syrup, mint leaves, and shikanji salt

 

 

6. Corrito

What do you do when you have a bottle of Thumbs up and some white rum? You add some chaat masala or tabasco and throw a Diwali party or head to one (and pre-booze, just in case). 

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Your order: White rum, coriander leaves: 3-5 sprigs leaves, lime chunk, sugar syrup, Tabasco, chaat masala, and Thumbs Up to top

 

 

7. Ganne ka Vodka

There’s nothing quite like a tasty glass of plain sugarcane juice. But this season we are adding a little spice to the drink. Yes, it's vodka. 

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Your order: Vodka, sugarcane juice, cumin seeds, lime juice, and sea salt

 

 


Aaaaaand you are now fully equipped to celebrate Diwali. Tell us in the comments if you know of more cool Indian cocktail recipes.


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