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Friday, July 20, 2018

Let’s talk about Tequila

It’s time to go beyond tequila shots as the world celebrates National Tequila Day on July 24

Tequila, concocted from the extract of a succulent desert plant Agave, was first discovered centuries ago by the Aztecs when lightning struck the Blue Agave plant and its heart, the Piña started pouring out a sweet juice. Tequila, which means plant harvesting, is derived from the primitive language Nahuatl and is an exotic drink that has to be created purely in Jalisco’s Tequila town.

Here are some facts on tequila, courtesy the good folk at Renaissance Mumbai, who are offering a wide ranges of Tequilas  on this day.

The Tequila import has grown tenfold in the last decade, with the USA being the major destination of Tequila lovers. In Mexico, the Tequila’s originating ground, the people believe it is sacred. The Mexicans follow rituals and also drink Tequila as a medicine. Taking into consideration the abundance of this drink in Mexico, merriment occasions and festivities are all ordained with Tequila glasses. The favourite type here is 100% pure blue agave extract.

In USA, the distilled spirit, is quite popular. The expensive but delicious drink is sought after by youngsters at all frat parties! Tequila for the Americans is their go-to drink and Lucinda Hutson, in her book, describes Tequila as the American Favourite. Favourites here include Blanco and Reposado Tequila.

In India, despite states that ban liquor, tequila is consumed at a high rate. Indians love Tequila for its sweet and sour taste and margaritas are the third most ordered drinks in Indian bars. The favourite type is Blanco Tequila.

The African continent welcomed Tequila in the early ’90s and the import was legalised much later. Marking Africa as the fourth largest Tequila market, Favourite types are Joven and Reposado.

Did you know?

Tequila shots are famous but experts claim the right way to drink tequila is to sip it.

A major myth that tequila is born from cactus has landed many enthusiasts and experimenters in trouble. It is the extract of Agave, that belongs to the succulent family. 

Tequila is often considered of only two types, cheap and expensive, but few know that it has five types.

As are all the alcoholics beverages in right quantities, Tequila too helps in soothing gastric ailments in addition to curing lung infections.

Experts know that Tequila has to be consumed singularly without any other taste subsiding it.

Tequila is also known as Pulque in its purest form. Mostly it is 51% pulp mixed with other sugars like glucose.

Enjoy your tequila on Tequila Day!

Where Crimson, Lakeside Chalet - Marriott Executive Apartments

When July 24

Contact 022 66927980

Grab the salt!

Celebrate National Tequila Day at The Daily Bar & Kitchen. Why settle for plain tequila shots, when you can up your game to a tequila cocktail? Mark the beginning of the week with refreshing and delicious concoctions that includes Cactus Cobbler—tequila, midori, rosemary, grapefruit, cinnamon and Royal Flush—tequila, pear, star anise, apple juice.

When life gives you lemons, grab the tequila and salt.

Where The Daily Bar & Kitchen, Ground Floor Behind Shoppers Stop,Swami Vivekananda Rd,Bandra West

When July 24 (12 pm to 1.30 am)

The special cocktails will be served all day.

Kiwi Margarita


Kiwi Mix- 20ml

Lemon Juice- 10ml

Tequila- 50ml


1 Take 20 ml Kiwi mix in cocktail shaker

2 Add 10 ml freshly squeezed lemon juice

3 Add 50 ml tequila

4 Fill the cocktail shaker with ice cubes to the top and shake well

5 Now finely strain the mixture and pour in chilled margarita glass

6 For garnish, place a lemon wheel on the rim


Build all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker, shake and strain

Recipe: Courtesy The Beer Café

Spirited evenings 

Liven up your evenings with a twist in cocktails at Nitro & Square, Novotel Imagica, Khopoli, up to July 26. Nitro & Square will offer an array of classical and flavoured martinis and margaritas. These innovative cocktails are prepared by using popular flavoured ingredients to create a twist on the classic.. Join in the karaoke as you sip.

Where Nitro & Square, Novotel Imagica Khopoli

When Till July 26

Timing 7.00pm – 11.00 pm

Price Rs 399++ taxes

Lunch buffet

Glocal Junction revamps its Lunch Buffet menu; try it for corporate meetings or team lunches, from Mondays to Saturdays between 12.30 p.m. to 3.30 p.m. at Rs 699 plus taxes.

Enjoy the Shawarmas, Bruschetta, Harissa Fish Tikka and more. Indulge in Desserts like Toxic Mousse, Watermelon Panacotta and Paan Cheesecake.

Where Andheri: New Link Road, Andheri West; Worli: Nehru Centre, Dr. Annie Besant Road.

When Mondays to Saturdays, 12.30 p.m. to 3.30 p.m.

Price Packages starting @ Rs 699 Plus taxes at Andheri and Worli Outlet

Contact 022 30149955

London calling

London Calling, a month-long celebration at The Good Wife, BKC, commemorates ‘Gin and Tonic, in association with Beefeater. The drink originated in India when the British Army mixed Quinine with sugar and carbonated water as they struggled to adapt to the oriental climate. ‘Cocktail King’ Dimi Lezinska takes you on a gin and tonic journey.

They also have special G&T cocktails such as Breakfast Martini and Royal Wedding.

Where The Good Wife, Ground Floor, The Capital, G Block, Behind ICICI Bank Building, Bandra Kurla Complex,

When Uptil August 10 (12 noon onwards)

Contact 022 40109433

Pancakes in a pack

Relish the sinful taste of pancakes at The Pancake Story’s in a new pack of six. Enjoy the variety of pancakes with your favourite pick from American Dream, Caramel Casttle, Nasty Nutella, Speckled Berries, Milkmaid Madness, Oreo Obsession and Chocolate Volcano.

Where The Pancake Story, all outlets

When Ongoing

Price Rs 80 onwards

Timing 10am to 1am

Flavours of Italy

Romano’s, the Italian restaurant at JW Marriott, Mumbai Sahar, is hosting a Tuscan Pop-Up Menu up to July 31. The five-course menu showcases the quality and simplicity central to Tuscan Cuisine. Chef Roberto’s creations include Crostini Con Fegatini, Pappa Al Pomodoro, Gnocchi Di Spinaci E Ricotta and much more.

Where Romano’s, JW Marriott Mumbai Sahar

When Upto July 31 (6:30 pm to 11:30 pm)

Price Rs 2750 plus taxes, per person | Five course set menu paired with a glass of signature Tuscan Wine

Contact 099 3051 2587/ 022 2853 8661

Hot dog fest

Celebrate the American National Hot Dog month with The Irish House as they kick off the Hot Dog Festival, ongoing till July 31. Pick from the Hot Wings Dog—mini toasted hot dog buns with boneless chicken wings or chow down Baked Cubano Dog—chicken bolognese and chicken/ pork frankfurter sausages. For vegetarians, there’s the Beetroot and Goat Cheese Dog and Jalapeno Corn Cheese Dog. Other options include Wrapped Mexican Dog, Cilantro Lamb Dog, Beer and Cheese Dog, and Mac N Cheese Dog. Wash them down with cold beers!

Where Across all The Irish House outlets​

When  Upto July 31 (12 noon to 1 am)

Cocktails for corporate women

India’s first bar with wholesale pricing, the BAR BAR, kicks off Ladies Night or ‘Wicked Wednesdays’ with unlimited signature cocktails for all ladies working with corporates every Wednesday. Privileges include free-flowing house special cocktails and music, complemented by an option to purchase your favourite spirits at wholesale prices.

Where BAR BAR, Phoenix Marketcity, Kurla

Timing  Weekdays 3.00 p.m. – Midnight; Friday – Sunday 12p.m. – Midnight

Contact  022 61801501 / 7045660670

Weekend parties

SodaBottleOpenerWala, Powai, the quintessential Bombay-Irani Café and bar with all its idiosyncrasies in place brings a fun, weekend party for all party animals. The Weekendwali Party  takes place at SodaBottleOpenerWala across all outlets every Friday and Saturday 10 pm onwards  

Dance to the tune of Bollywood music and loosen up to trending Hindi music, while you sip on signature cocktails and dishes.The DJ is sure to keep you on your toes.

Where High Street Phoenix, Lower Parel; Bandra-Kurla Complex; Thane, Viviana Mall; Powai, Hiranandani Gardens.

When Every Friday and Saturday, 10 pm onwards.

Tables on first-come-first-served basis.

Cocktail bar

Mood interiors, deep house music and a traveller’s menu—celebrated designer Rocky S's launches his first ever lounge-bar, Rocky Star Cocktail Bar. The luxury attraction at Victoria Mills offers dramatic interiors with a bold mix of mid-century chic design ideology and mystic exuberance. The menu offers dishes from Morocco, London, Turkey, and Melbourne and elsewhere and there’s a high-end cocktail bar with in-house infused wines and potent cocktails.

Where Third floor, Trade View Building, Oasis City Complex, Pandurang Budhkar Marg, Victoria Mills (Kamala Mills compound), Lower Parel

When 6pm to 1am

Contact 08291107269

Price Cost for two: Rs 2500 with alcohol approx (exclusive of taxes)

Eat healthy

Sante Spa Cuisine, brought to you by Kaneesha Jain and Bhavesh Jain, along with his brother, Prashant Jain, right in the heart of BKC, offers healthy food that can be interesting, creative and tasty! The genesis of Santé goes to Sonal Barmecha, owner, who being into yoga and meditation, enjoyed eating healthy, vegetarian fare, yet did not come across a restaurant serving only such cuisine. Sante Spa Cuisine started in Pune almost three years ago and has travelled to Hyderabad, and is now in Mumbai. The minimalistic design pattern uses recycled materials for furniture wherever possible, elements of greenery, neem wood plates and cutlery, banana leaf straws, copper glasses for water and corrugated paper lamps. The menu features only vegetarian dishes, prepared with natural and organic ingredients following healthy cooking techniques such as baking, grilling, steaming and sautéing. Cuisines range from Indian to Thai, Tibetan and Italian. Chef Shailendra uses local and lost grains such as ragi, sorghum and foxtail millets. The menu also encompasses a vast Vegan menu, Alkaline menu, Gluten-free choices and many other dietary options. Among the offerings are a ragi-based pizza and multigrain khakra chips served with beetroot and spinach hummus, zucchini kebabs and shammi kebabs of red lentil served with broccoli chutney. The beverages feature fresh juices of unusual combinations, hot tulsi tea and turmeric milk with a twist. For dessert, think muesli almond ice-cream; beetroot sorbet, and salted caramel mud pie with organic jaggery. “Good food is one of the pleasures of life. You don’t have to eat less to be healthy. You just have to eat right, and in the right quantities,” says Chef Shailendra.

Romantic moments

Cozy up in the rains with the Rainy Romantic Date Night at Pranzi Ristorante and Lounge. Try mocktails like Melon Brainfreeze and Krazy Kiwi or heat up the moment with ​Lychee Cream Punch. Savour ​soups like The Leafy Affair, Mushy Love, and The Cupid Potion. Try the Cheesy Bites, I'm Fondue of You; pleasure your palette with Corny Popeye, Cheesy Impasta and more. End with sweetheart desserts.

Where Pranzi Ristorante & Lounge, 101-102, Makhija Royale Building, SV Road, Near Ramee International Hotel, Khar West,

When Every day,​ 8 am to 11:30 am

Contact 022 26006655

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