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Tired of The Same Old Boring Drinks? Try Out These 8 Desi Cocktails

By Anubha Das

Updated - July 22, 2021 6 min read

If you’ve spent the previous month in Delhi, you won’t be able to deny that summer is officially here, and it has arrived with a vengeance. And when the fire comes down with such ferocity, you have no choice but to fight back the only way you know how. Yes, with amazing cocktails. And you can make them even more kickass with desi components that go into these drinks.


Here are some insanely delicious drinks with Indian twists to make this summer your ultimate babe!


1. Aam Panna With Rum


You guessed it right if you did. Add a dash of white rum to the classic aam panna and you've got yourself a chiller that will long remain on your list of favourites. 



  • Raw Mango 1 Medium
  • Black Salt
  • Salt
  • Cardamon Powder
  • Black Pepper Powder (optional)
  • Saffron
  • Sugar
  • Rum


How to make it?

  1. Wash and pressure cook the mango for 3-4 whistles
  2. Once done peel off the mango skin
  3. Sqeeze the pulp and put it in a mixer
  4. Add black salt, salt, cardamon powder, black pepper powder and sugar
  5. Boil it so that the sugar melts properly
  6. Cool it down 
  7. Add a dash of white rum to the classic aam panna


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2. Martini with Jamun


For all those gin drinking ladies and gentlemen, this martini comes with a sweet and sour twist thanks to the addition of Jamun or the black plum. Forget about gulping down your gin with that left-over bottle of Sprite. It probably has no fizz left in it anyway.



London dry gin: 60 ml
Jamun: 5-6
Lime juice: 10 ml
Sugar syrup: 15 ml
Salt to rim
Ice to fill shaker


How to make it?

  1. Muddle the jamuns in a cocktail shaker.
  2. Fill with ice, add the gin, lime juice and sugar syrup.
  3. Shake and double strain into a chilled salt rimmed cocktail glass. 
  4.  Add red chilly power to the salt as well and then rim the glass. This will make your drink more fiery.


Image Courtesy: Tulleehha 



3. Khus And Gin Sherbet


Remember that Khus ka sherbet that your mother insisted was good for you and would get rid of all the dehydration. Well then this is going to spice up your mother’s advice. Khus, gin and a bit of Sprite, this gin concoction will make the desi in you very happy and give some respite in the torrid heat. Plus it's easy to make. So yeah, here’s a gin drink that won’t make it necessary for you to drink gulps of water after you’ve tried it.



  • London dry gin: 45 ml
  • Khus syrup: 15 ml
  • Lime juice: 15 ml
  • Salt
  • Sprite/7-Up to top up
  • Ice 
  • Lime slice


How to make it?

  1. Add ice to glass and then add gin
  2. Add khus syrup and lime juice in the mix
  3. Add a pinch of salt and then top up with Sprite/7-Up
  4. Garnish with lime slice and serve


Image Courtesy: The Whiskypedia



4. Orange zinger


This old-fashioned whiskey based cocktail is for all those whiskey loving Indian men and yes, women too. But this cocktail comes with a hint of ginger and the zing that comes only with orange marmalade. That’s why they chose to call it a zinger. Ginger cocktails are big hit all over and this cocktail is a must try for all whiskey fans.



  • Indian Whiskey: 60 ml
  • Orange marmalade: 2tsp
  • Ginger: 1 inch finely grated
  • Soda
  • Ice 
  • Orange slice


How to make it?

  1. Mix the whiskey and orange marmalade together
  2. Add grated ginger to the mix
  3. Transfer it to a shaker full of ice, shake well and strain into the ice-filled glass
  4. Add a splash of soda, (do not top up)
  5. Garnish with orange slice and serve


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5. Chai White Russian


Cocktails are a great way to relax and unwind. And, this cocktail is an amazing choice whether you are hosting a formal dinner party or just a casual get together among friends. So, be creative, be responsible and “mix it up!”



  • Vodka: 30 ml (vanilla vodka works great)
  • Chai: 30 ml
  • Cream: 90 ml (can use light or half & half)
  • Ice cubes

How to make it?

  1. In a large cup, carefully pour the 2 cups boiling water over 2-3 tea bags
  2. Let steep for 5 minutes and remove the tea bags
  3. Squeeze out any excess tea and discard
  4. Refrigerate the tea for at least 30 minutes to cool
  5. Pour the vodka, chai and cream over ice in a glass


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6. Vodka Shikanji


Tired of having your run-of-the-mill shikanji? Yes, it’s good for you and all but it can never give you that high you’re looking for, right? So go ahead and pour that bottle of vodka in and give your shikanji the buzz that it always seemed to lack. Seems simple enough and you’re wondering why you didn’t do this before. Experiment with this cocktail and perhaps if you’re in a more daring mood, you can come up with more inebriating versions of the zesty vodka shikanji.


  • Vodka: 60 ml
  • Lime juice: 30 ml
  • Sugar syrup: 45 ml
  • Mint: 8-10 leaves
  • Shikanji salt: 1 tablespoon
  • Ice to equal volume of liquid ingredients


How to make it?

  1. Add all the ingredients in a blender with ice and blend
  2. Pour into a glass, top up to taste with water and serve


Image Courtesy: Vegan Rica



7. Corrito


What do you do when you have a bottle of Thumbs up and some white rum? Mix them and gulp it down straight up. Well you could spice things up for a change. Just add some chaat masala and tabasco to that boring old drink and just like that, you have for yourself a Corrito, with all right desi flavours to make it your new must-serve at parties.


  • White rum: 45 ml
  • Coriander leaves: 3-5 sprigs leaves
  • Lime chunks 3-4
  • Sugar syrup: 10 ml
  • Tabasco: 2-3 dashes
  • Chaat masala a pinch
  • Thumbs Up to top
  • Ice to fill glass


How to make it?

  1. Muddle the lime and coriander leaves gently in the glass
  2. Add the ice, rum, chaat masala, sugar syrup and Tabasco
  3. Top up with Thumbs Up and serve


Image Courtesy: WikiHow



8. Ganne ka Vodka


There’s nothing quite like a tasty glass of plain sugarcane juice. But this summer we are adding a little spice to the drink, and ganne ka ras and vodka is a delightful combination.


  • 45 ml of plain vodka
  • Sugarcane juice: 30 ml
  • Cumin seeds
  • Juice of a lemon (to taste)
  • Pink salt
  • Crushed ice 


How to make it?

  1. Before you begin, dry roast the cumin seeds, and grind it into a coarse powder
  2. Take a glass and line it with pink salt
  3. In a cocktail shaker, add the vodka, the cumin powder, the sugarcane juice, a dash of lemon juice, and crushed ice
  4. Shake it well, and pour into a highball or a lowball glass (it totally depends on what you have in your cabinet)
  5. You could also add proper ice cubes and strain the drink into the glass


Image Courtesy: Happy Sappy 



Aaaaaand you are now fully equipped to face this crazy heat. Tell us in the comments if you know of more cool Indian cocktail recipes.



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