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Sipping novelty

Innovation rules the bar menu at India Grill Restaurant, the all-day dining outfit in South Delhi’s Hilton Garden Inn. So the upmarket tippler can have a great time here knocking back concoctions like Mimosa (champagne with orange or mango juice) and the Grilltini (Martini with fresh juice from char-grilled oranges).

At the helm of affairs is 24-year-old Prateek Sagar, who graduated from Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University in 2008 with a degree in hotel management and catering technology. He worked at the prestigious The Island Bar in Shangri-La’s Eros Hotel before moving to Hilton Garden Inn in 2009. “I have always had a flair for bartending rather than food and decided to take it up seriously,” he says.

Sagar has introduced more innovation by way of the Lemon Grass Mojito, claiming that the lemon grass is a perfect foil for Bacardi, adding a refreshing flavour to the drink.

Sagar has shared three recipes with us.

Tiramisu Martini

Glass Martini

Ingredients 20ml vodka 20ml Kahl˙a 20ml Amarula

Method Pour the vodka into a shaker, add the Kahl˙a and Amarula and shake well. Now strain the blend into a chocolate rimmed chilled glass and garnish with chocolate chips.

Grilltini

Glass Martini

Ingredients 45ml Absolut Vanilla vodka 15ml juice of a char-grilled orange

Method Pour the vodka into a shaker, add the char-grilled orange juice and shake well. Strain the drink into a chilled glass. Garnish with an orange twist.

Cappuccini

Glass Martini

Ingredients 30ml vodka 15ml freshly brewed coffee shot 15ml of Kahl˙a

Method Pour the vodka and Kahl˙a in a shaker and shake well for about a minute. Add the freshly brewed coffee shot and shake again. Strain the concoction and pour into a chilled glass. Garnish with fresh coffee beans.

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