7 amazingly easy cocktail recipes to beat the heat

Nothing like a refreshing glass of your favourite cocktail to beat the heat. And we’re giving you seven easy recipes!

It’s getting hot. As the heat wave continues to plague parts of India, our minds automatically switch to thoughts of ice-creams, popsicles, and above all, cocktails. 

So if you’re looking to boost your spirits, what better way than by exploring seven of the most remarkably easy cocktail recipes? The best of India’s mixologists from some of your favourite bars have dished out their favourite recipes for easy to make yet unbelievably delicious cocktails.

If you’re thinking refreshing, you’re obviously thinking of cucumbers, rose water, watermelon, and more. Add to that the expertise of mixologists who know their flavour combinations, and you know your cocktails are guaranteed hits. Using a variety of alcohol bases and the simplest ingredients, here are cocktail recipes you can whip up almost instantly. 

Rosai Cucumas by Latesh Kotian, Mixologist at Silly 

The term rosa comes from rose while cucumas represents cucumber. Both of which undeniably make for refreshing summer cocktail ingredients!
The term Rosa comes from rose while Cucumas represents cucumber. Both of which undeniably make for refreshing summer cocktail ingredients!

Ingredients

  • 60 ml Bombay Sapphire
  • 3-4 pieces fresh cucumber chunks
  • 5 ml fresh rose water
  • 10 ml simple syrup (sugar free) 
  • A splash of tonic water

Method

  • Muddle the fresh cucumber chunks and add the rest of the ingredients. Shake till well incorporated.
  • Garnish with rose petals and cucumber peels. Serve in a wine glass.

Watermelon Thirst by 145 Cafe and Bar

This cocktail is a delicious combination of watermelon, ginger juice, and syrup with the elegant touch of basil. Perfect for this heat.
This cocktail is a delicious combination of watermelon, ginger juice, and syrup with the elegant touch of basil. Perfect for this heat.

Ingredients

  • 60 ml Belenkaya vodka
  • 10 ml Monin watermelon syrup
  • 10 ml lime juice
  • 60 ml fresh watermelon juice
  • 3-4 basil leaves
  • 5 ml fresh ginger juice

Method

  • Add all the ingredients to a glass. 
  • Shake and garnish with basil leaves. Serve in a martini glass. 

Gin Basil Sour by Sasmit Manjrekar, Mixologist at Elephant & Co

Working exceedingly well with the gin, this is the perfect low sugar summer cocktail full of refreshing pineapple juice and fresh basil notes.
Working exceedingly well with the gin, this is the perfect low sugar summer cocktail full of refreshing pineapple juice and fresh basil notes.

Ingredients

  • 60 ml Gordon’s London Dry Gin
  • 90 ml pineapple juice
  • 30 ml lime juice
  • 3 fresh basil leaves

Method

  • Shake all ingredients over ice in a shaker.
  • Garnish with a fresh basil leaf.

A Berry Special Choice – Strawberry Daiquiri by BarBank

The citrus from the lime along with the sweetness of the strawberry with a shot of rum makes this cocktail hydrating yet intoxicating.
The citrus from the lime along with the sweetness of the strawberry with a shot of rum makes this cocktail hydrating yet intoxicating.

Ingredients

  • 60 ml white rum
  • 1 lime wedges
  • 30 ml lime juice
  • 5-6 fresh strawberries

Method

  • Use the muddle & shaken method. 
  • Garnish with a lime wedge.

Yazu Special Margarita by Ritesh Kumar, Mixologist at Yazu Goa

Inspired by asian flavours and yazu, this cocktail is easily the most striking drink you'll have all summer!
Inspired by Asian flavours and yazu, this cocktail is easily the most striking drink you’ll have all summer!

Ingredients

  • 60 ml tequila
  • 15 ml triple sec
  • 15 ml lime juice
  • 30 ml yuzu puree
  • 30 ml egg white

Method

  • Add all ingredients into a shaker along with ice-cubes. Strain into the tik glass.
  • Garnish with burnt rosemary & Thai chilli.

La Guavarita by Ishan Grover, Mixologist at Copter7 

Concocted by an award-winning mixologist, this cocktail is an elevated summer redemption for beer lovers.
Concocted by an award-winning mixologist, this cocktail is an elevated summer redemption for beer lovers.

Ingredients

  • 30 ml Jose Cuervo Silver
  • 60 ml guava juice
  • 20 ml lime juice
  • 20 ml sugar syrup (1:1)
  • 60 ml Copter7 Premium Strong Beer 
  • Salt
  • Cucumber
  • Peppercorns

Method

  • Rim the beer tankard with a mix of salt and pink peppercorns.
  • Add ice to the glass and pour all ingredients, building the cocktail over ice.
  • Top up with beer and gently stir.
  • Garnish with a cucumber slice.

The Green Beast by Dushyant Tanwar, Mixologist at Monika Enterprises

Just some cucumber, cold water, and simple syrup get transformed in this refreshing cocktail.
Just some cucumber, cold water, and simple syrup get transformed in this refreshing cocktail.

Ingredients

  • 30 ml Absente
  • 60 ml cold water
  • 30 ml simple syrup
  • 3-4 slices cucumber

Method

  • Select a glass of your choice with up to 150-180 ml capacity. Pour in the 3 liquids with ice and stir.
  • Put in the cucumber slices on the side. Serve.

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