7 Indian-Inspired Cocktails to Try this Deepavali


Words: Gregory Basil

To complement your stunning Bollywood superstar outfits this Festival of Lights, be sure to try these fabulous cocktails from across the Asian region inspired by the aromatic spices and invigorating flavours of the Indian subcontinent.

Rasam Shooters

Image: Goa by Hubba

We cannot think of a better way to start this list than with the Rasam Shooter. The signature drink of Goa by Hubba in Kuala Lumpur and the brainchild of mixologist Nikki Law, these Rasam Shooters come in a tray of six and are a delicious concoction of tequila, rasam mix, lime juice, minty syrup, tabasco sauce, honey, pop rocks and salt.

An Act of Integrity

Image: Nouri

This exotic tipple was created by Matthew Chan, the beverage and restaurant manager of Nouri in Singapore, drawing inspiration from the sweet and spicy flavours of the Falernum syrup. A heady mix of rum, Old Monk Supreme, Chai Falernum and spiced almond milk, An Act of Integrity is inspired by the spring festival of Holi in India when the spiced almond milk is widely consumed.

B&B Bangalore

Image: Charcoal Tandoor Grill and Mixology

A refreshing drink on a hot day, B&B Bangalore is a tropical thirst-quencher featuring Bacardi Oro, St Germain Elderflower Liqueur, citrus, coriander, ginger, black pepper, charcoal masala and soda. Concocted by Davide Sambo, group mixologist at Charcoal Tandoor Grill and Mixology in Bangkok, this tipple is the perfect accompaniment to lamb and mutton kebabs.

Indian Summer

Image: Mezze Bistro

The coming together of Paul John Indian Whiskey, pink grapefruit, lime, tamarind, vanilla, kaffir lime leaves, mint leaves and soda gives birth to the Indian Summer. Created by James Estes, mixology director of Huckleberry Hospitality Group, this delicious ruby-red cocktail is available at Mezze Bistro in Kuala Lumpur.

Melacca Straits

Image: Kenshin

This cocktail is definitely eye-catching with its vibrant yellow hue. A harmonious mix of London Dry Gin, dry vermouth, sous vide curry leaf, homemade turmeric coconut syrup and fresh calamansi juice, it is the brainchild of Osmund Bernard from Kenshin in Kuala Lumpur.

Toddy Mojito and Toddy Basito

Image: Narrow Marrow

The humble toddy is given a modern twist at the Narrow Marrow in Penang. The Toddy Mojito is a refreshing mix of toddy, mint leaves, brown sugar and lime juice. The only difference between the mojito and the basito is the use of basil leaves for the latter. Both drinks were cleverly concocted by Alvin Neoh and Jamie Oon Muxian, co-owners of the bar.


Image: Native Cocktail Bar

Inspired by the classic street chai, this warm cocktail at the Native Cocktail Bar in Singapore uses a comforting spice blend of cinnamon leaves, mace, cardamom, turmeric and pomegranate seeds complemented with Old Monk Rum, Darjeeling tea and Native’s house blend of spiced cashew milk.

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