Friday, 27 June 2014

Cocktails with Shatbhi Basu @ Harry's, Bangalore

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It was two evenings back to back when I got to meet Shatbhi Basu. On the first, it was an evening when Shatbhi introduced us to American Whiskeys and on the next evening, it as an introduction to the signature cocktails of the recently opened Harry's . Yes, the very same Harry's; one of the most popular bar from Singapore opened doors in Bangalore on Indiranagar's bustling location - 100 FT road. 

The evening started with us munching on some starters which included Margarita Pizza, Thai Chicken Pizza, Wasabi Paneer, Spicy Potato Chilli and Fried Lollypop Singapore Style. Of these the Thai Chicken pizza and the Wasabi Paneer was a big hit for its innovation. I tried some vegetarian stuff and liked the potato chilli starter and the classic margarita pizza. 

As we munched on some starters, we also got set to witness India's most renowned mixologist and beverage consultant Shatbhi Basu create some of the most famous cocktails that trail down all the way from Harry's Singapore. 

Coming from the legacy of Singapore, the first drink we witnessed being concocted was the ever famous Singapore Sling. This blush pink drink is a gin based cocktail and was originally know as 'Gin Sling' before getting its current name 'Singapore Sling'. This cocktail served on ice nicely brought out the flavor of gin, cherry, pineapple, lime and vermouth; some of the key ingredients.

The next drink was quite interesting. It was a tequila based drink which gets its prime flavors from pineapple and bell pepper chunks which were muddled and shaken with the other ingredients. I loved the complex flavors of this spicy and mildly sweet drink. Oh! What is it called? 'Pineapple & Bell Pepper Margarita'

The other cocktails that we tried on this evening were 'Harry's Old Fashioned' and 'Caramel Popcorn Matini'. 'Caramel Popcorn Martini' was a nice twist to the age old classic caramel popcorn. It had a lovely balance of flavors and vodka. 

Harry's Old Fashioned is a twist to the classic. The recipe is again flown down from Harry's Singapore where this was originally made at first. For me what gives a kick about this drink is the Cinnamon sugar rim with orange zest.

While this event was more about the mixology session with some good starters keeping company, I'd definitely want to revisit Harry's to be able to try some of their signature food which includes their Fish N' Chips, Nachos and the likes.

Address: No. 2006, First Floor, H.A.L. 2nd Stage, 100 FT Road, Indiranagar, Bangalore

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