Clarified cocktails are stepping into the limelight with crystal-clear confidence. Essentially, clarification is a process that removes impurities and solids from a cocktail by adding gelatine, agar-agar, or milk. Although seemingly counterintuitive, this gives rise to a process that transcends traditional bartending. The result? A liquid pristine and clear, where primary flavours boldly appear. Like silk on the lips, this method calls for endless possibilities within a glass! As you embark on your next alcoholic escapade, make sure to seek out these three cocktails across different cities. Cheers to experiencing the world of clarified cocktails, one city at a time.
16th Century, HOME, Delhi
Experience the captivating convergence of history and innovation with this clarified cocktail from Santanu Chanda, Group Beverage Manager - PVR Limited (HOME Delhi). Lavender and saffron – two distinct flavour profiles offer their depth and complexity to the cocktail. Saffron offers rich and earthy aromatics with a slightly bitter note. On the other hand, the gentle sweetness of lavender offers a floral and soothing note. These two bold flavours are mellowed down by hung curd, which helps balance the intensity – allowing the more subtle layers of flavour to shine through. A touch of citrus adds a burst of freshness – and all this is artfully blended with gin to obtain a drink as clear as the annals of history. Every sip becomes a floral and rich journey through the ages – celebrating the art of mixology both past and present.
Mind of a Coconut, Sorano, Kolkata
Sipping on coconut water under the sun, waves brushing against your feet—pure summer bliss. This next cocktail captures that essence: a fusion of tropical and Mediterranean elements. Coconut oil fat-washed vodka which adds not just a unique aroma to the spirit, but also a silky mouthfeel is paired perfectly with the pineapple shrub, coconut water and milk. Adding lime juice blend unfolds clear flavours, almost like a whisper of sea breeze, while also giving it a touch of citrus zing. Created by Manoj Singh Rawat, Head Mixologist at Sorano, this is also a zero-waste cocktail – the sweetness of it comes from pineapple oleo saccharum mirroring the vivid sky, both in clarity and the gentle feel on the palate. An exquisite balance of tastes and textures, ready to transport you back to that summer vacation!
Siam Sweet Curry, Geist Brewing Co., Bangalore
This savoury-sweet cocktail takes the wholesome Thai green curry and transforms it into an exotic experience that's simply unparalleled. In this fusion, vodka provides a smooth canvas for the star of the show: clarified Thai green curry. Notes of lemongrass and basil intertwine to craft a symphony of flavours for your palate. A burst of lime adds that perfect citrusy zing to top off the experience. Served in an elegant coupe glass, 'Siam Sweet Curry' surprises with its clear green hue – a testament to the art of clarification. Inspired first by exploring what a Thai Green Curry majjige (buttermilk) drink might taste like, the idea evolved from there to using curd as a clarifying agent. The resulting visual delight prepares you for a journey into flavour land. This perfect pairing of curry + cocktail is created by Revanth Buga, Bartender at Geist Brewing Co.