Add some ‘oh-so-yum’ factor to your Diwali party with these classy, easy to make, and fun cocktails


Planning to host a Diwali party? How about making things interesting with classy, home-made cocktails instead of a standard cup of tea or coffee? This festive season, skip the beer and sweets and serve up some cocktails and snacks to transform the Diwali experience for yourself as well as your guests. Here’s how you can spice up your celebration.

  1. Ballentine’s Sazerac

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Prepare a serving glass and fill it with two bars spoons of water, absinthe, and crushed ice. Add 3 to 4 drops of Peychaud bitters, 50 ml of Ballentine’s 12 Year Old, and two bars spoons of sugar syrup into a shaker tin. Release contents of serving glass – that is, absinthe, ice, water – and strain mixture from the shaker tin into the cleared, emptied glass.

  1. Hennesy Ginger Mint Punch

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Pour 400 ml of Hennesy Very Special. Add a few mint leaves, cinnamon sticks, and ginger slices. Mix in 50 ml of sugar syrup, 100 ml of cinnamon syrup, and 300 ml of lime juice. To this, add about 600 ml of ginger ale right before serving the cocktail in a glass of ice cubes. Garnish with cinnamon sticks, lemon slices, and mint leaves.

  1. Iced Irish Coffee

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When your tongue seeks a different taste, go for an Iced Irish Coffee. Take about 120 ml of strong coffee, 45 ml of Irish whiskey, 30 ml of heavy cream, and mix it all in an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously for over a minute and then add a tablespoon of caster sugar. Strain the drink into an ice-filled glass and serve as is.

  1. Curry Scotch Smash

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Scotch and curry are an all-time perfect match. Besides, the latter doesn’t necessarily have to be served on a plate. All that’s needed is 60 ml of blended scotch, 25 ml of lemon juice, 25 ml of curry simple syrup, and a handful of mint. Combine it all, shake, and lastly, strain.

  1. Double Dose

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This nicely crafted cocktail combines two of India’s most known winter alcohol choices – whisky and Old Monk rum in quantities not more than 30 ml, respectively. To it, pour 45 ml of date and saffron syrup, 1 egg white, and 15 ml of lime juice – it won’t get any more comforting than this. Shake everything well and place a marigold on top while serving.

These interesting Diwali cocktails will certainly surprise your guests and leave them totally impressed.


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