Holi Cocktails and Shots at Hard Rock Cafe
I remember my first visit to a Hard Rock Cafe in the late 90’s in San Diego. Being a rock fan, stepping into a restaurant/bar/cafe like this was a wonderful experience and there has been no turning back since. I’ve visited a few Hard Rock Cafe’s across the globe and amassed a collection of tees, bottle openers, shot glasses and what not.
The first Hard Rock Cafe (HRC) was opened in 1971, in London by two Americans – Peter Morton and Isaac Tigret. Hard Rock International (HRI) is now a global brand with a total of 201 venues in 64 countries, including 155 cafes, 21 hotels and 10 casinos. HRI owns the global trademark for all Hard Rock brands. India has 8 Hard Rock Cafes in the following locations:
- Mumbai (Andheri)
- Mumbai (Worli)
- New Delhi
Holi is the spring festival of colors or the festival of sharing love and celebrated here in India and several parts of South Asia. The festival signifies the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring, end of winter, and for many a festive day to meet others, play and laugh, forget and forgive, and repair broken relationships, and is also celebrated as a thanksgiving for a good harvest. (source: wikipedia)
This year we have Holi and Easter right next to each other and what better way to celebrate our colorful country and love than by indulging in a few celebratory cocktails and shots? For the first time ever, HRC has decided to bring to its fans and patrons alike, a selection of Holi themed hand crafted shots and cocktails that are as vibrant and colorful as the festival itself. The “Holicious“specials are available at HRC Bangalore from March 20th to the 25th.
Being asked to sample these cocktails was a wonderful honor and I took my Belgian friend Chef Sher along with me to get his perspective on these cocktails with an Indian twist to them. Our palates differ but we did have our favorites.
You have a choice of three really interesting shots to choose from, each at Rs 350/ (before taxes and restaurant charges):
Burfi – Creamy coconut fudge with vodka (made using Ice Vodka, Marimbulla Coconut Fudge Syrup and Rich Cream).
Thandai – Vodka and a saffron cream twist (made with Ice Vodka, Marimbulla Saffron Cream Syrup and Rich Cream).
Meetha Paan – Vodka, cream and minty paan flavoring ( made with Ice Vodka, Marimbulla Paan Syrup and Rich Cream).
There are all good but life isn’t fair and we all have favorites!
JJ’s Recommendation – Meetha Paan – It’s as Indian as you can get and I love my Meetha Paan. This one is soothing and refreshing.
Chef Sher’s Recommendation – Thandai – He definitely likes the saffron here – rich and traditional!
There are five Holi themed cocktails to choose from and these are priced at Rs. 550/ (before taxes and restaurant charges)
Kesariya – Vodka based with orange juice and a hit of rosewater and saffron ( made with Marimbulla Saffron Cream Syrup, Ice Orange Vodka, Orange Juice, Fresh Cream and Rose Water).
Banarasi Mojito – Mojito that screams Paan (made with Marimbulla Paan Syrup, Bacardi Carta Blanca Rum,Lime Wedges, Mint Leaves, Fresh Lime Juice and Sugar Syrup).
Cham Cham – Grenadine with rum, coconut and sweet & sour mix.
Resham – Whiskey with velvet liqueur and saffron (made with Marimbula Saffron Cream Syrup, Signature Whisky and Velvet Cream Liqueur).
Coconut Canal – Pineapple and coconut with rum (made with Marimbulla Coconut Fudge Syrup, Sweet & Sour, Bacardi White Rum, Bacardi Dark Rum, Bacardi Golden Rum and Pineapple Juice)
The Banarasi Mojito does it for me. A nice combination of tartness from the lime wedges and juice coupled with a dose of paan goodness and mint makes this unique cocktail refreshing and this is a drink I would have in the afternoon or evening. Well done HRC – brilliant!
If you like something with a hint of chocolate, do try the Resham
Chef Sher’s Recommendation
With his European palate shaping his decision, the clear winner for him was the Cham Cham. It’s refreshing and the flavors are well balanced with a little tartness.
What : Holi Celebration at Hard Rock Cafe
Day: March 20 – March 25, 2016
Where: Hard Rock Café, St Mark`s Road, Bengaluru, Find them on Facebook – Here
It’s Holi followed by Easter, so go out there and celebrate! Cheers from the both of us.
All Images Courtesy: Hard Rock Cafe & Tales Of Froth