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Cool cocktails for a hot summer

Image courtesy: Vibe, the Sky Bar, The Hilton, Gurgaon

Cocktails made an appearance on the global bar scene in the 19th century in United States. Since then they have been a trendy drink all over. From classics like Manhattan, Bloody Mary, Cosmopolitan, Margharita from America to Pimm’s from Britain or a Curacao from the Caribbean to the Spanish Pina colada or the Cuban Mojito, the variety is endless.

Indian bars have taken to cocktail nights and made them popular with new desi cocktail combos too. Vibe, the Sky bar at The Hilton, Gurgaon offers a sampler.


The eponymous Manhattan gets edgy with barrel aged whisky, vermouth shaken with angostura bitters.



White rum, sweet and sour mix and seasonal fruit make for a soothing summer cocktail.


Cuban drink with a hiss of spicy touch. This is a killer with white rum, lemon, mint, sugar, achar, club soda with a  spray of mint. 


Whisky, tamarind and jaggery, you ask. A tangy twist, why not?


A mix of white rum, dark rum, fresh lime and pineapple juice and grenadine syrup topped with pineapple foam, this one may get Mad Max’s roar of approval.

All images: Vibe, the Sky Bar, The Hilton, Gurgaon

AUTHOR'S BIO: Sudha is a senior commissioning editor with Lonely Planet India.