Mumbai Mules

Mumbai Mules is everything your cocktail collection needs. A vodka based cocktail spiced up with the quintessential Indian notes of cumin, coriander and ginger. This one will have you thirsting for seconds..and thirds, again!

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Monsoon is romantic. All those grey rolling clouds, cool weather, the pitter patter of raindrops and afternoons that look like evenings..I mean.. wow…perfect time for a siesta, if only I could!! May be in some other life. But you know what else I love about the monsoons?? I just love how its just the right temperature..We are not being roasted alive at 47C anymore nor are we freezing our hands off!! The days still get their share of sun..muted through the net of grey that is the sky these days..and the evenings and nights seem tailor made for all kinds of walks and runs in the park. 
I am lucky I love in a beautiful residential are where greenery is the norm rather than being restricted to a few pots here and there. My garden boasts a proud verdant green color..and the flowers are in their form..splish splash of colors amidst the green…and my favorite color this season is Yellow! 

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May be its the grey that does this to me..I am more of a black and white lover..with some red and aqua thrown in, but yellow + monsoon = match made in color heaven for me! 

This is also the time humidity opens its ugly slimy sweaty eye and before you know it, you are left cursing, and sweating..and wondering just what was the effing point of the shower if you were going to get soaked in sweat,again!!!

It was during one such lousy Saturday afternoon that I felt restless and i  knew i needed something cool in my hands,especially since I was all set to have a movie marathon! Given my headlong crash into Carpel Tunnel syndrome this week I have been advised to take it pretty easy. Which of course meant no dancing around the kitchen like a chicken with its hand in a sling..or punishing the laptop/ipad by striking it all day long. 3 days of total rest. Yikes!! Talk about living my worst nightmare… Result?? I was missing cooking. And the familiar aroma of my favorite spices way too much by then..and thats when I decided to give this nice cocktail I had bookmarked ages back..It seemed just the thing I had been searching for. 

Cool, yellow…and with hints of my favorite spices!!! YAY…  Does euphoria exist??  Is the first sip of that perfect cocktail, it??? I felt it was..For the rest of the weekend, me, my sad little mummified arm and an ecstatic daddylonglegs P enjoyed glasses of this manna whenever our heads would allow us 😛 

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This recipe is adapted from the extremely talented Alanna of the Bojon Gourmet. rarely have I seen cocktails that look more enticing than the ones on her blog..If it was upto me, I would happily drink my way through her gorgeous blog..and I am sure, once you try this, you will too!!!

Its something that will literally make you crave for savory drinks..I have been a long standing fan starting with the simple and classic Bloody Mary. This was simply better. Fresh. with just the hint of Indian spices..the zing of ginger and of course the delicate aroma of toasted saffron.

To quote her bartender (from whom she managed to get this recipe), “It smells like you’re about to take a bite of Indian food,” she said, “but then it tastes like a rad cocktail.”

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Hoping to heal soon,

S 🙂 

PS: Really sorry about the pics..this is the best I could manage with one mangled right arm 🙁 Don’t judge the drink based on its look.

Mumbai Mules
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Mumbai Mules is everything your cocktail collection needs. A vodka based cocktail spiced up with the quintessential Indian notes of cumin, coriander and ginger. This one will have you thirsting for seconds..and thirds, again!
Recipe type: beverages/cocktail
Cuisine: Drinks
Serves: 4
  • For a glass of Mumbai mule you will need:
  • ¼ cup vodka (I used Absolut)
  • 2 tablespoons spiced ginger syrup (recipe follows below)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • Sparkling water or soda
  • mint sprig for garnish
  • Ice
  • To make the spiced ginger syrup:
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup boiling water
  • 1 teaspoon coriander seeds
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 2 green cardamom pods
  • a pinch of saffron threads
  • ⅓ cup chopped fresh ginger root
  1. For the spiced ginger syrup:
  2. Start by slowly roasting the seeds and saffron for 30 secs, till they pop.
  3. Meanwhile, in a saucepan, stir together the sugar with the boiling water until dissolved.
  4. Add the syrup, toasted spices, and ginger to a blender and blend until fairly smooth.and strain the syrup through a very fine mesh strainer, pressing on the solids to extract the juice well. Chill the syrup until cold, at least 1 hour and up to several days.
  5. For the mules:
  6. When ready to serve, shake the vodka, ginger syrup and lemon juice In a shaker for about 30-40 secs.
  7. Fill a glass with ice, and strain the drink into the glass.
  8. Top off with sparkling water or soda, give a squeeze of lemon and top with a mint sprig.




4 thoughts

  1. Hi Swayam, you have a wonderful blog! The recipes + pictures are wonderful! A cocktail with vodka and spices sounds just right to enjoy the monsoon! Hope your hand feels better soon! See you around 🙂

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