Our history assures that we, more often than not, head towards a better future. Of course, it is no different with food and beverages. Most of the popular drinks that are hits today among those who love alcoholic beverages, are a result of the drinking preferences of our ancestors. In alcohol, especially, international events of historic importance have often given birth to several kinds of drinks. Ankit Tayal, a prominent restaurateur, describes the three eras that have introduced varied kind of drinks to people across the globe.
The period from 1920 to 1932 in the United States saw alcohol banned in the country. Thus, people had to illegally buy and sell liquor. Bars were built behind normal shops, where people had to knock the door and say a pass-code to gain access.
During the 1900s, people from the States, especially from New York, would go to Cuba as the country was haven for those who craved a drink (or four). Visitors from across the country were pouring in to have a sip of their favourite alcoholic beverages. However, back then drinks were all about whiskies and rums that gave birth to cocktails that were bitter and hard on the taste buds.
In post-war times, people started taking drinks to the next level, where sugar syrups, juices, egg whites, coffee and berries came into the picture. Drinkers slowly started to acquire the taste of mix-ups rather than consuming bare alcohols. Though, this era can be titled as the birth-time of cocktails, these were basic experimentations rather than passionate trend-setter drinks.
Millennials are the stars when it comes to the drinking experience. Mridul Mishra, a 27-year-old, enthusiastically shares that his all-time favourite drink is gin-and-tonic margarita. “I remember this one time when our group of friends sat down to have a couple of drinks over a round of poker to celebrate one of our friend’s birthday. After finishing a couple of rounds of both poker and drinks, we decide to go out and party. The clock strikes perfect 12, we wish him and continue the celebration. The party lasted till the morning and most of us didn’t remember when we went to bed. The morning after, we start looking for the birthday boy to present him with the cake that no one remembered to offer him the previous night, only to be informed that the birthday was on the following day. We basically got the dates wrong and the guy played along with us,” recalls Mishra.
As for Malvika Sharma, two of her favourite drinks would be Cosmopolitan and Mimosa. New-age drinks or millennial cocktails cannot be restricted within limitations as experimentation is an integral part of these drinks. The ingredients that have become quite famous nowadays would be elderflower and artificial aromas.
- Bubblegum-infused vodka - 90ml
- Lime juice - 15ml
- Pineapple juice - 30ml
- Orange juice - 30ml
- Add all the ingredients and shake them well, then pour into a margarita glass
- Serve the cocktail with an oven-roasted pineapple on the side.
Club Cuba’s El Presidente
- Brandy - 30ml
- Dry vermouth - 15ml
- Orange liqueur - 15ml
- Dark rum - 60ml
- Flame the brandy in a margarita glass
- Shake the dry vermouth, orange liqueur and dry rum
- Inject the shaken liquid into an ice ball and place it in the flamed margarita glass, ready to be served
- Tequila - 60ml
- Lime juice - 20ml
- Pineapple juice - 30ml
- Activated charcoal (liquid) - 60ml
- Pineapple juice for bubbles
- Shake all the ingredients (tequila, lime juice, pineapple juice, activated charcoal) and pour into a margarita glass
- Top up with pineapple bubbles
Note: Pineapple bubble is made by taking the required amount of pineapple
juice and then shaking it
— Signature recipes from Club Cuba, The Leela Ambience Convention Hotel, New Delhi...