I Say Bombay, You Say Mumbai by Tim Etherington-Judge, Mumbai

by Gaz Regan · Wednesday, June 27th, 2012 · 101 Best New Cocktails, 101 Best New Cocktails 2011

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I Say Bombay, You Say Mumbai

Adapted from a recipe by Tim Etherington-Judge, Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, Mumbai.

“This drink is served in two parts, each a half-sized portion. The city with two names spawns a twist with two flavours:Bombay—old colonial bastion of the British Raj from a time when the sweet vermouth’dMartinezwas the martini of choice and gin was de rigueur. Mumbai—the hustling, bustling home of Indian fashionistas, Bollywood megastars, and the corporate elite where today’s trend is tomorrow’s passé.” Tim Etherington-Judge.

Bombay

15 ml (.5 oz)Bombay Sapphire gin (when inRome, as they say)

15 ml (.5 oz) Masala Sweet Vermouth*

2 dashes Regans’ Orange Bitters No. 6

1 orange twist, studded with clove, as garnish

Stir with a classical colonial flair, strain into a chilled cocktail coupe whilst overthrowing the indigenous population and garnish with a clove-studded orange twist or an oppressive, corrupt political regime.

*Masala Sweet Vermouth: Take one 750-ml bottle of Indian merlot (Sula Satori in this case), fortify with 100 ml Honey Bee Indian brandy, and flavour with 1 gram of wormwood, 2 sticks of cinnamon, 5 cloves, 3 green cardamom pods, 1/2 barspoon of mace, a small pinch of saffron, 1 vanilla pod, dried sweet lime peel from 1 sweet lime. Let steep until the flavours blend, then strain and bottle.

Mumbai

30 ml (1 oz) wheat-based vodka

1 barspoon of Cardamom Dry Vermouth**

1 Kashmiri-chilli stuffed olive, as garnish

Shake over cracked ice for 10 seconds and double-strain into a chilled half-size cocktail glass. Garnish with a Kashmiri chilli-stuffed olive and an over-the-top Bollywood song and dance.

**Cardamom Dry Vermouth: Infuse 1 bottle of Martini & Rossi Extra Dry vermouth with 8 crushed green cardamom pods for 5 days. Remove pods and rebottle.

gaz sez:  This is a drink that was tested by a mystery shopper as opposed to yours truly, and this guy, who travels to India regularly and is not a friend of Tim’s, came back raving about the complexities of these side-by-siders, plus he loved having two mini drinks in front of him.  I hope I get to Mumbai soon so I can try these cocktails.  Failing that, though, perhaps I’ll go toBombay. . . .

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