Monsoon has just hit Mumbai coast but there are still ways to bid adieu to the summer. AER bar & lounge at Hotel Four Seasons is celebrating a specially curated frozen cocktails menu this month. These five special cocktails curated by the AER-Bar & Lounge Mixologist, Varun Sudhakar are delightful. Here are the names and the recipes.
Summer Delight – Tanqueray gin, fresh watermelon juice infused with basil, kokum syrup Green Outfields – Midori, Maraschino cherry liqueur and Tanqueray Black Velvet – Crème de cassis, espresso, almond syrup and vodka Ananas – Bacardi, caramel, Midori, fresh pineapple Tropical Tiki – Banana liqueur, passion fruit, white rum, Angostura bitter In a preview tasting last month I had the opportunity to taste these cocktails and I also had a chance to interact with Varun Sudhakar. He has been awarded the title of ‘India’s Best Bartender’ in the Diageo World Class Competition and has represented India twice at the World Class Bartender of the Year competition. Varun enjoys the best view of Mumbai at his work place. AER – Bar and Lounge at Four Seasons Hotel Mumbai boasts of one of the best views of the Mumbai skyline. While the sun sets on Maximum City, Varun crates a wide array of cocktails to serve to his guests as they unwind. Varun, 28, has transitioned from a flair bartender to become one of Mumbai’s finest mixologists. “I believe all cocktails are already created, what we do is reconstruct,” says Varun. “I am now very simple and clean with my style. I never get bored behind a bar and there’s always something to learn, that’s what I love about my job. I like spice and bitter drinks – star anise and cinnamon are my favourites, as well as wild gooseberries here in India – which are less sweet than the western ones.” And while you are enjoying the view with a glass of these delicious cocktails do go for the chef’s special pizza. You won’t regret it.