On the beverage front, the opportunity to introduce the exotic flavors of India comes through either adaptation of a popular Indian drink, like the yogurt-based lassi, or through a borrowing of pantry items, like a shake of cardamom or an infusion of turmeric into eclectic cocktail builds.
Most often, the lassi stars mango, Greek yogurt, sugar and perhaps a bit of roasted cumin. Presenting big opportunity positioned as an Indian smoothie, fruit and spice combinations are endless, promising a bit of adventure in a very popular drink category.
On The Menu: Indian Infusions
- Blue Bark Rickey: Gin, lime, blueberries, turmeric syrup, soda water
—Rob Roy, Seattle
- Kali-Ma: Bacardi Gold, Bacardi 8, chai, coconut syrup, coconut milk, fiery cinnamon dust
—The Sudra, Portland, Ore.
- Pink Gin: Gin, St-Germain, Campari, grapefruit, cardamom
—Urban Eats, Houston