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They say variety is the spice of life and what better than implementing that thought in your drinks? If you're tired of your regular dose of vodkas or martinis and want to give them a twist, here are 14 desi cocktails that will get you talli in no time. The upside? They're so easy to make, they can even be tried at home!

1. Curry Leaf Mojito


Curry Leaf Mojito

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As interesting as the name is, so is the taste. This drink encompasses the flavours of the South, courtesy curry leaves. Prepared by mixing Bacardi white rum, mint, and lime, curry leaves are then added with soda and Sprite. The end result is a one-of-a-kind cocktail. Savvya Rassa in Pune credits itself with the birth of this unusual drink.


2. Sugarcane Mojito


Sugarcane Mojito

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This healthy concoction has great benefits and is the perfect way to cool off in the summer. It is made by mixing good old ganne ka juice with vodka. You could add some chaat masala and cumin powder for a greater depth of flavor as well. Top it off with strips of sugarcane soaked in vodka and mint leaves to lend your palate a refreshing taste. Don't forget to chew on the sugarcane sticks once you are done sipping this great cocktail.

3. Guava Mary


Guava Mary

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If you love ‘peru’ then you are in luck because this spiked guava juice is the perfect cooler. Add a dash of vodka to guava juice, a slice of lemon and Tobasco. Blend the ingredients together and pour the mixture into a chilled glass rimmed with chilli powder. The spicy red chilli powder and the cloying sweetness of the guava juice toned down by vodka is sure to elevate the flavour of this elegant cocktail. So go ahead and sip along!

4. Rasam tini


Rasam tini

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If you are a sucker for rasam then you have a drink to celebrate! To take your love for this South Indian preparation a notch higher, we bring you a drink that will label you a hard core South Indie foodie! Yes, we are talking of the rasamtini. The rasamtini is a vodka-based martini made adding rasam along with nutmeg powder, gun powder and cumin powder to vodka. The sweet, spicy and tangy flavours of rasamtini are going to run riot in your mouth. For those not sure of where you can grab this libation, head to Savya Rassa in Pune!

5. Vodka jaljeera


Vodka jaljeera

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This is another popular drink that is found in Indian households. This drink not only aids digestion but also drives dehydration away. Prepare jaljeera and add 30 ml vodka in each glass of the drink. If you want to take your celebrations a notch higher, you could even add 60 ml vodka to it. A hit among friends.

6. Filter coffee martini


Filter coffee martini

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The filter coffee martini is another vodka-based drink that smells exactly like a cup of steaming hot coffee. The only difference being that this cocktail is served chilled. This is prepared by adding vodka to cold coffee and then topping the mixture with ice. This desi cocktail evokes memories of Bailey’s Irish Cream and is sure to turn every coffee teetotaler into a cocktail lover.

7. Sharabi Mango Lassi


Sharabi Mango Lassi

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This one is straight from the Punjab hinterland. The sharabi mango lassi is a great break from your regular lassi. Add a little drama to this drink by making your own mango lassi intoxicated with Malibu and Bailey's Irish Cream! To make your own mango-flavored lassi at home, add equal parts of mango pulp, curd and sugar and mix using a blender. Add 45 ml Malibu and 25ml Bailey's Irish Cream to the mango lassi. Transfer the contents into a glass and garnish with a mango slice and mint!

8. Pani puri cocktail


Pani puri cocktails

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Add some fun to your get-togethers with friends by adding a shot of vodka or tequila to your regular pani-puri. Talli pani puris are way better than your regular fare.

9. Jamuntini


Jamuntini

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This bright coloured desi cocktail is the perfect way to celebrate. Not only is it good to look at, it is also easy to make. This is prepared by de-seeding jamuns and mixing them in a cocktail shaker. Top it with gin, lime juice and sugar syrup and strain the mixture in a chilled glass rimmed with red chilly powder.

10. Vodka Aam panna


Aam panna

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This cocktail is a hit throughout the year, but particularly during the summer months when raw mangoes are available. It is prepared using raw mangoes and steaming them until they become soft. Scoop the mango into a bowl, add sugar and vodka to it. 30 ml vodka can be added to each glass of aam panna to ensure the drink is potent enough. Drizzle some cumin powder on top and see how the flavours elevate.

11. Cucumber cooler


Cucumber cooler

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If you do not like your cocktails too sweet, then the cucumber cooler is the perfect drink for you. Just the right amount of sweetness, this drink is prepared by adding mint leaves to gin. In tall glasses filled with ice, combine the gin, cucumber soda and cucumber slices. Squeeze a wedge of lime into each glass and stir. This will be the perfect summer cooler and big on taste. We bet you're gonna love it!

12. Tamarind Mojito


Tamarind Mojito

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Give your good old Mojito a makeover by adding tamarind paste to tequila. Shake tamarind paste with tequila and triple sec and then add the remaining ingredients. Shake well and pour into a salt-rimmed glass over ice. Your cocktail nights will never be the same again.

13. Vodka shikanji


Vodka shikanji

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Turn that run-off-the-mill shikanji into something more interesting. Add a dash of vodka to the drink and see how it makes you boozy. Prepare by adding 60 ml vodka to 30 ml lime juice with 8-10 mint leaves. Then pour the mixture into a glass and top it up with water.

14. Khus cooler


Khus cooler

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This drink is not only a great cocktail but will cool you off by a few degrees. The khus in the drink will also rid you of dehydration. To prepare, add 45ml of dry gin, 15 ml of khus syrup and 15 m of lime juice. Add a pinch of salt and top it off with Sprite.

14 Desi Cocktails You Should Definitely Try Making At Home

They say variety is the spice of life and what better than implementing that thought in your drinks? If you're tired of your regular dose of vodkas or martinis and want to give them a twist, here are 14 desi cocktails that will get you talli in no time. The upside? They're so easy to make, they can even be tried at home!

1. Curry Leaf Mojito


Curry Leaf Mojito

facebook/women

As interesting as the name is, so is the taste. This drink encompasses the flavours of the South, courtesy curry leaves. Prepared by mixing Bacardi white rum, mint, and lime, curry leaves are then added with soda and Sprite. The end result is a one-of-a-kind cocktail. Savvya Rassa in Pune credits itself with the birth of this unusual drink.


2. Sugarcane Mojito


Sugarcane Mojito

facebook/The Acacia Hotel & Spa Goa

This healthy concoction has great benefits and is the perfect way to cool off in the summer. It is made by mixing good old ganne ka juice with vodka. You could add some chaat masala and cumin powder for a greater depth of flavor as well. Top it off with strips of sugarcane soaked in vodka and mint leaves to lend your palate a refreshing taste. Don't forget to chew on the sugarcane sticks once you are done sipping this great cocktail.

3. Guava Mary


Guava Mary

facebook/All Day Pub

If you love ‘peru’ then you are in luck because this spiked guava juice is the perfect cooler. Add a dash of vodka to guava juice, a slice of lemon and Tobasco. Blend the ingredients together and pour the mixture into a chilled glass rimmed with chilli powder. The spicy red chilli powder and the cloying sweetness of the guava juice toned down by vodka is sure to elevate the flavour of this elegant cocktail. So go ahead and sip along!

4. Rasam tini


Rasam tini

facebook/maniesh meghnani

If you are a sucker for rasam then you have a drink to celebrate! To take your love for this South Indian preparation a notch higher, we bring you a drink that will label you a hard core South Indie foodie! Yes, we are talking of the rasamtini. The rasamtini is a vodka-based martini made adding rasam along with nutmeg powder, gun powder and cumin powder to vodka. The sweet, spicy and tangy flavours of rasamtini are going to run riot in your mouth. For those not sure of where you can grab this libation, head to Savya Rassa in Pune!

5. Vodka jaljeera


Vodka jaljeera

facebook/Husein M Upletwala

This is another popular drink that is found in Indian households. This drink not only aids digestion but also drives dehydration away. Prepare jaljeera and add 30 ml vodka in each glass of the drink. If you want to take your celebrations a notch higher, you could even add 60 ml vodka to it. A hit among friends.

6. Filter coffee martini


Filter coffee martini

facebook/chef mrugziee

The filter coffee martini is another vodka-based drink that smells exactly like a cup of steaming hot coffee. The only difference being that this cocktail is served chilled. This is prepared by adding vodka to cold coffee and then topping the mixture with ice. This desi cocktail evokes memories of Bailey’s Irish Cream and is sure to turn every coffee teetotaler into a cocktail lover.

7. Sharabi Mango Lassi


Sharabi Mango Lassi

facebook/Park Grand london Paddington

This one is straight from the Punjab hinterland. The sharabi mango lassi is a great break from your regular lassi. Add a little drama to this drink by making your own mango lassi intoxicated with Malibu and Bailey's Irish Cream! To make your own mango-flavored lassi at home, add equal parts of mango pulp, curd and sugar and mix using a blender. Add 45 ml Malibu and 25ml Bailey's Irish Cream to the mango lassi. Transfer the contents into a glass and garnish with a mango slice and mint!

8. Pani puri cocktail


Pani puri cocktails

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Add some fun to your get-togethers with friends by adding a shot of vodka or tequila to your regular pani-puri. Talli pani puris are way better than your regular fare.

9. Jamuntini


Jamuntini

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This bright coloured desi cocktail is the perfect way to celebrate. Not only is it good to look at, it is also easy to make. This is prepared by de-seeding jamuns and mixing them in a cocktail shaker. Top it with gin, lime juice and sugar syrup and strain the mixture in a chilled glass rimmed with red chilly powder.

10. Vodka Aam panna


Aam panna

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This cocktail is a hit throughout the year, but particularly during the summer months when raw mangoes are available. It is prepared using raw mangoes and steaming them until they become soft. Scoop the mango into a bowl, add sugar and vodka to it. 30 ml vodka can be added to each glass of aam panna to ensure the drink is potent enough. Drizzle some cumin powder on top and see how the flavours elevate.

11. Cucumber cooler


Cucumber cooler

facebook/Food This Week- Mumbai

If you do not like your cocktails too sweet, then the cucumber cooler is the perfect drink for you. Just the right amount of sweetness, this drink is prepared by adding mint leaves to gin. In tall glasses filled with ice, combine the gin, cucumber soda and cucumber slices. Squeeze a wedge of lime into each glass and stir. This will be the perfect summer cooler and big on taste. We bet you're gonna love it!

12. Tamarind Mojito


Tamarind Mojito

facebook/daniel schuab

Give your good old Mojito a makeover by adding tamarind paste to tequila. Shake tamarind paste with tequila and triple sec and then add the remaining ingredients. Shake well and pour into a salt-rimmed glass over ice. Your cocktail nights will never be the same again.

13. Vodka shikanji


Vodka shikanji

facebook/Awesome Sauce India

Turn that run-off-the-mill shikanji into something more interesting. Add a dash of vodka to the drink and see how it makes you boozy. Prepare by adding 60 ml vodka to 30 ml lime juice with 8-10 mint leaves. Then pour the mixture into a glass and top it up with water.

14. Khus cooler


Khus cooler

facebook/Downing Street Gwalior

This drink is not only a great cocktail but will cool you off by a few degrees. The khus in the drink will also rid you of dehydration. To prepare, add 45ml of dry gin, 15 ml of khus syrup and 15 m of lime juice. Add a pinch of salt and top it off with Sprite.

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