Indian Festive Cocktails!

Recipes by Hemant Mundkur, Brand Ambassador, Diageo Bar Academy

The festive season is here. Why not whip up a list of fun cocktails with a hint of Indian spices and give the cocktails a Desi flavour!

Cocktail recipes for Smirnoff Vodka

The Smirnoff Betels

1] The Smirnoff Betels
No Indian feast is complete without Paan ka Patta. Throw in some in this cocktail?



  • Smirnoff Red No. 21 45ml
  • Betel Leaves 1 nos
  • Roasted cumin pwd 1/4th tsp
  • Lime Juice 10 ml
  • Sugar syrup 10 ml
  • Litchi Juice 20ml
  • Soda Top up

Muddle and shake all the ingredients in the list and pour it into a Collins glassware

Betel Leaves

Georges Seurat

2] Gol Gaprioska
Craving something savoury and delicious? Blend all these tangy and spicy elements and make the perfect chaat.

Cutting Chai glass


  • Smirnoff 30 ml
  • Chopped coriander half tsp
  • Chopped green chili 1/4th tsp
  • Tamarind pulp 1 tsp
  • Jaggery syrup 1/4th tsp
  • Chat masala, Black salt, roasted cumin powder half tsp

Gently huddle and mix all the ingredients together in the mixing glass and strain


Cocktail recipes for Captain Morgan Rum

Morgan ji ki Shuruvath

3] Morgan ji ki Shuruvath
Something sweet for that new beginning? It gets no better with this sweet shuruvath.

Old Fashioned


  • Captain Morgan Original Rum 45 ml
  • Date Syrup 10 ml
  • Bitters 1 dash
  • Star Anise 1 – 2 nos

Stir all the ingredients well in a shaker and pour it into an Old-Fashioned glass

With some dates

Khatta Meetha

4] Khatta Meetha
Life is always bitter-sweet. Then why shouldn’t your drink be the same?



  • Captain Morgan Original Rum 45 ml
  • Tamarind Juice 25 ml
  • Ginger Honey Syrup 15 ml
  • Soda Top Up

Pick all the ingredients on the list and build it up in a Collins glassware

Top it up with soda and some ginger strips

Bolly on the Floor

5] Bolly on the Floor
Because when you throw that house party, you HAVE to bring those moves to those bolly tunes with this cocktail.

Tall Glass


  • Captain Morgan Original Rum 45 ml
  • Pineapple Juice 45 ml
  • Vanilla Ice Cream 1 Scoop
  • Coconut Syrup 1 tsp

Blend all the ingredients well in a blender and pour the contents into a tall glass

Pineapple slices

Note from The Lifestyle PortalWhile it’s really nice to celebrate our festivals with a few drinks, our humble request to our readers is to celebrate responsibly and please – don’t drink and drive. Stay safe! 🙂

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