Shake a Twist

Shake a Twist

Guiding by the love for high spirits, we parked ourselves at a watering hole in Delhi. The effect was heady.

The Technique

We love gin & tonic or we love it. Right? In-house mixologist Harish Chhimwal at Serai, the culinary cocktail bar in Delhi, decided to give this favourite a new flavour, a new meaning. The GinTo + Sorbet is concocted infusing good ol’ gin and tonic with fresh fruit sorbets. A burst of flavours from passion fruit, lemon and strawberries creates a not-so-subtle introduction to the palette. And we are not complaining.

The Effect

Paired with bite-sized pintxo, we sipped onto the cocktail at the bar, never realising how many glasses we have had. The gin and tonic hits slowly, even as the sorbet keeps mixing with the drink, creating new flavours, every time you take a sip. Sampling at this bar can be an intoxicating affair, where every staple has been given a unique twist, and where  a food-cocktail combination is thoughtfully curated. What goes on further to perfect it is the ambience, with a lovely cok=cktail fit for a king, and food that livens your pallate you can't really ask for more. A more contemporary approach to the olden times, is what we may elaborate clearly. But all in all it makes the ideal place to sit back and relax on a weekend.

The Concept

If you have noticed, many towns in India have ‘serai’  as a suffix, especially around the ancient Mughal highways. The word denoted a place to be a resting hault or tavern to recover from the day’s journey. Not only this, these spots were like watering holes, where people ate, drank, unwind and chatted. Serai, nestled around havelis and Mughal ruins, takes inspiration from that concept. There are both inside and outside seating areas with a bar. The writing board hanging at the bar has a new quote everyday. 

Chitman Kanwar Ahuja

Chitman Kanwar Ahuja is a feature writer at L'Officiel India. She is a silver jewellery hoarder and an aesthete of all arts. You can find her unraveling new stories day in and day out.