How Much do You Know About Cocktails?

April 20, 2021 Soni Satpathy-Singh     SketchyDesi

How much do you really know about crafting a unique cocktail? Totally clueless? Stay with us.

For starters, never use those lame, overly sweetened, basic bitch drink mixes. Nothing stacks up to good cocktails made with fresh juices, masala, and produce.

Don’t believe me? Try the three gems below and tell me these mixed cocktails don’t instantly add oomph to your summer nights and make you look like a badass mixologist.

Cocktail Recipes to Make You Look Like A Mixologist

1. Mumbai Mules

Photo Source: The Bojon Gourmet

Wanting to give Moscow Mules to desi spin, we turned to The Bojon Gourmet. Teamed with masalas and an abundance of fresh ginger, this recipe is a must-make for entertaining in the summer!


For the spiced ginger syrup:
(Makes 1 cup, enough for 8 drinks)

  • 2 teaspoons coriander seed
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seed seeds from 5 green cardamom pods
  • a big pinch of saffron threads (about 1/16 teaspoon)
  • 3/4 cup organic blonde cane sugar
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh ginger root (2.25 ounces / 65 grams)

Per mule:

  • 2 ounces (1/4 cup) vodka (I used Hangar 1)
  • 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) spiced ginger syrup (above)
  • 1/2 ounce (1 tablespoon) strained fresh lemon juice
  • Ice
  • sparkling water
  • mint sprig


Make the spiced ginger syrup:

  1. In a small, heavy skillet, combine the coriander, cumin, cardamom seeds and saffron.
  2. Heat over a medium flame, shuffling the pan frequently, to toast the spices until they are fragrant and start to pop. It should be 30 seconds once the pan is hot.
  3. Meanwhile, stir together the sugar with the boiling water until dissolved (or mostly dissolved).
  4. Add syrup, toasted spices, and ginger to a blender and blend until fairly smooth. Strain the syrup through a very fine mesh strainer, pressing on the solids to extract the good stuff.
  5. Use immediately or (preferably) chill the syrup until cold, at least 1 hour and up to several days.

Make the Mules:

In a shaker or jar, stir together the vodka, ginger syrup, and lemon juice for 30 seconds. Strain into a highball glass filled with ice, top off with sparkling water and garnish with a mint sprig. Add more lemon or syrup if you feel the drink needs it.

2. Kachumber Cooler

This Kachumber Cooler recipe is adapted from chef Floyd Cardoz’s famous cocktail from his highly acclaimed restaurant Tabla.

The recipe makes 2 coolers.

Photo Source: Eater


  • 4 half-inch slices of cucumber
  • 12 leaves fresh cilantro
  • 4 quarter-inch slices of fresh green chili
  • 3 ounces gin
  • 1-ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1-ounce simple syrup
  • coarse salt seasoning for the rim
  • extra cucumber slices for garnish


  1. Muddle cucumber, cilantro, and chili in a cocktail shaker. Add gin, lime, and simple syrup and shake vigorously.
  2. Line the rim of the glass with salt.
  3. Strain cocktail into evenly into 2 glasses, each half filled with ice and garnish with each with a cucumber slice.
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3. Tamarind Margarita

Who says tamarind is only for chutneys? A splash of tangy tamarind makes for a unique twist on your margarita.

The recipe makes 2 margaritas.


  • 4 ounces tequila
  • 3 ounces tamarind concentrate
  • 1-ounce simple syrup
  • 1 ounce Cointreau
  • coarse salt seasoning for the rim
  • ice


  1. Mix the tequila, tamarind concentrate, simple syrup, and Cointreau until the tamarind concentrate is dissolved.
  2. Rim 2 margarita glasses with salt. Add a few ice cubes and pour the margaritas over the ice.

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Soni Satpathy-Singh

As a recipe developer in her days before The Teal Mango, Soni remains devoted to food, particularly Indian food, and more specifically, pav bhaji and chaat.


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