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Slumdog Cocktails

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When the whole of India (and the world) is HIGH on the Slumdog triumph at the Oscars, how can the restaurants and pubs in Mumbai stay far behind?

Bars owners are getting creative and have come up with some great shots and cocktails, dedicated to the film that some critics (read cynics) called ‘poverty porn’.

The movie about hope and optimism won 8 awards at the Big O, and everyone’s in celebration mode. Tetsuma has introduced an Oscar cheesecake topped with cream and the emblem on it and Wich Latte has the sticky date caramel pudding traditionally served at the Oscars. Soul Fry Casa, Fort and Dome, Intercontinental, Marine Drive have come up with imaginative cocktails. Some of them are :

Best Original – a drink made with a splatter of Absolut Citron vodka, peach snapps, Red Bull and orange juice, is to celebrate A R Rehman’s award for the Best Original Score.

Slumdog Millionaire – vodka, ginger thins, mint leaves, sour mix & sugarcane juice.

A R Hot Shot – Kahlua coffe liqueur, vodka & Sprite. This mixture blends very well, it spices the drink and zooms you up like A R Rehman’s music.

Shot-up Slumdog – Orange liqueur, Jagermeister herbal liqueur & a squeeze of cinnamon syrup. The name and the ingredients were decided on because of the controversies that surrounded the film. The drink is not very sweet, but has a herbal liqueur and is a bit spicy. It’s a taste that not everyone will like, and not everyone liked Slumdog, too. Some people in India thought that it showed our country in poor light. (Personally, damn these people! The movie was about kids in a slum, they possibly couldn’t have taken the camera into the malls).

Dharavi – a new avatar of Dirty Martini in gin, sprinkled olives & dry humus-a little of everything, things that you don’t generally mix. Dharavi (Mumbai) is possibly the biggest slum in Asia. It also has a flourishing leather industry. Portions of the movie were shot there.

Mixing of the Millionaire – rich almond liqueur, vodka & Kahlua. 

It’s not too long when other outlets came up with concoctions like Latika Latte or Jamal Juice, named after the two lead characters! Jai Ho!



Posters of 'Smile Pinki' (Best Documentary-Short) and 'Slumdog Millionaire' (Best Film). Both these films were shot in India and comprised of an Indian cast. Another such film (a nominee in the Best Documentary-Short) was The Final Inch, ensuring a strong Indian presence at the Oscars this year.

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vandana's picture
So the slumdog fever has caught on the food world as well. Great victory for the cast and crew and especially A R Rahman and Resul Pookutty.
vikas.kumar's picture
The Slumdog fever is obvious. Rahman was long due for an Oscar. Happy to see 3 Indians win 4 awards. Rahman (Original Soundtrack and Song), Gulzar (Song, Lyrics) and Resul (Sound Mixing). Also, 'Smile Pinky', based on a girl, Pinky Kumari in Mirzapur, won Best Documentary-Short. She was there at the event. 'The Final Inch', another docu shot in India, was one of the nominees in the same category. I was particularly excited after hearing so many Indians' names at the event. Danny Boyle and other winners thanked a lot of their assistants in their acceptance speeches. I personally know some of the cast and crew of the film, infact, one of the actors was my roommate for 2 years, so, I can understand how excited they must be after their film has been received so well.
shantihhh's picture
Brilliant sounding offerings! Shanti/Mary-Anne
khau.khan's picture
i wish i had had some !
PengemuS's picture
Those all sound wonderful
PengemuS's picture
So wonderful, I'm posting twice :)
Monica's picture
It was a great film! Monica
Herbalist's picture
These are great. Check out my list of other Indian inspired cocktails. My favorites at the moment are: Ginger Snap 1 1/2 oz. Sub Rosa Saffron vodka 1/2 teaspoon grated fresh ginger 1/2 oz. fresh lime juice 1 oz. orange juice 1/2 oz. simple syrup Shake vigorously in a mixing glass filled with ice. Pour over crushed ice in a short glass. Garnish with a sprig of fresh Cilantro. Very gingery and on the tart side, but quite nice. Kashmir 2 oz. Sub Rosa Saffron Vodka 3 oz. Apricot nectar 2 grinds Black pepper 1/2 oz. simple syrup or Canton ginger liqueur Chill over ice, shake vigorously, serve straight up in a martini glass. Alternatively, build and serve on the rocks. Pair the Ginger Snap cocktail with this Mango Shrimp recipe. Simple skewered and grilled entree. Yum. And yes, cocktails do pair with food, just like wine does. Here’s what you need: 1/4 cup raw cashews 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger 4 garlic cloves 1 jalapeño, halved and seeded 1 tablespoon mustard seeds 1 teaspoon garam masala 1 teaspoon ground turmeric 1/2 cup mango nectar 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 1 cup plain whole-milk yogurt Kosher salt 1 1/2 pounds shelled and deveined large shrimp 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted Cilantro and Yogurt Sauce, for serving Here’s what you do: In a blender, combine the cashews, ginger, garlic, jalapeño, mustard seeds, garam masala and turmeric and pulse until the ginger and garlic are finely chopped. Add the mango nectar and lemon juice and puree until smooth, scraping down the side of the bowl. Add the yogurt and 1 tablespoon of salt and pulse to blend. Pour the mixture into a large bowl. Add the shrimp and toss to coat. Refrigerate for 2 hours, stirring once or twice. Light a grill. Thread the shrimp on pairs of skewers, being sure to leave on some of the marinade. Brush with the melted butter and sprinkle with salt. Oil the grate and grill the shrimp over high heat, turning occasionally, until lightly charred and cooked through, about 8 minutes. Serve the shrimp with a Cilantro and Yogurt Sauce and the Ginger Snap / Sririampur Sip cocktail. Recipe by Vikram Sunderam – Food & Wine – October 2008
Slumdog Cocktails