Crackling DIY Diwali cocktails!
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Are you planning to host a Diwali party at your place this year? The festival of lights, Diwali is a joyous occasion to catch up with your near and dear ones. If you are putting in enough efforts to plan the card party and the festive food menu, you need to also pay attention to the drinks that you will be serving. Stirring up a cocktail is the best way to impress your guests. Here are 10 easy cocktail recipes using the popular spirit—rum. 

Also read: 7 Non-veg Finger Foods to Serve at Your Diwali Party

Drink Like An Egyptian
Add some much-needed punch to your Diwali party with this cocktail shared by Sonali Mullick, head of operations and Mixologist at Bayroute. To make this, add 60 ml rum, 10 ml of honey, 120 ml of sugarcane juice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake all the ingredients and serve in a pilsner glass or a tall glass with ice. You can garnish with a sugarcane stick and serve it.

Demerara Fig Mojito
For a rich cocktail experience , try this cocktail using fig infused rum, lime and mint cocktail. In a mixing glass filled with ice pour 60 ml dark rum, add 2 bar spoons of brown sugar, 4 slices of lime wedges, 8-10 mint leaves and some rum-infused with fig bits (figs have to be soaked in some rum for about a week). Stir thoroughly, strain in highball glass and then garnish with a sugar cane stick, mint spring, a lime slice and a fig.

Mai Tai
This neon-coloured tropical cocktail will be a hit with everyone! To make this drink, fill a cocktail shaker with ice then pour 30 ml of white rum, 30 ml of dark rum, 100 ml of orange juice, 10 ml of lime juice and 10 ml of almond syrup. Close the shaker and vigorously shake so all the ingredients are mixed well. Strain it into a rock glass and garnish with a slice of orange and serve.

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Anar Ka Cocktail
For a desi twist, fill a cocktail shaker with ice, pour 60 ml of white rum, followed by 15 ml of pomegranate syrup, 15 ml of lime juice, 10 ml sugar syrup, a hint of cinnamon and some mint leaves. Shake well and pour it into a tall glass, garnish with pomegranate seeds and some fresh mint sprigs.

Footlong
This is one potent cocktail and best showcases your rum collection this festive season. You will need 60 ml of white rum, 30 ml of dark rum, 60 ml of spiced rum, 20 ml of Triple Sec. Shake all the ingredients with ice and pour the mixture into a beer glass. Open a pint of beer, tilt it upside down and serve. This preparation serves about 3 to 4 people.

Tropical Escape
This cocktail garnished with edible flowers and grapefruit is as pretty as it is delicious! Mix 60 ml of white rum, 60 ml of grapefruit juice, 10 ml lime juice, 10 ml sugar syrup and 5 ml elderflower syrup. Shake vigorously with ice and pour it in a rock glass.

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French Daiquiri
For a boozy end to your Diwali party, make a French Daiquiri. First, muddle about 5 leaves of fresh sage in a shaker, pour 60 ml of dark rum, 10 ml of lime juice, 10 ml of sugar syrup and 60 ml sour mix. Don’t forget to fill the shake with ice. Shake vigorously, strain the mixture in a martini glass and serve with fresh sage leaf, dehydrated lemon and a dash of bitters.

Just in case you loved the daiquiri, here's one more to try - Strawberry Dragon Daiquiri

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Jalapeno Twister
A fiery cocktail for a smashing cocktail party:  Muddle about 5 jalapeno slices in a shaker, toss in the ice followed by 45 ml of Bacardi rum, 20 ml sour mix, 45 ml pineapple juice and shake vigorously. Strain and serve in a rock glass with jalapeno as garnish.

Red Currant & Basil Mojito

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This refreshing cocktail will cheer up any party. To make it you will have to muddle 10 fresh mint leaves and 8 pieces of red currant. Toss the ingredients in a shaker full of ice followed by 60 ml of dark rum, 10 ml of lime juice and the same quantity of sugar syrup. Shake vigorously and serve in a jar garnishes with red currant and mint.

Monk of the East
If you love your cocktail with a hint of spice then you should definitely try this cocktail by mixologist Bensan Varghese at Dashanzi. To make Monk of the East, pour 60 ml of cardamom-infused dark rum (cardamom is first de-seeded and then infused in dark rum for a day or two) in a glass filled with ice, followed by 15 ml of freshly squeezed lime and 15 ml of sugar syrup. Add a splash of ginger beer and serve with a mint sprig. 

Try these festive cocktails and share your thoughts in the comment section below. 

With inputs from Sofitel Mumbai BKC, BKC Dive, Shiro, Hitchki, Bayroute, JW Marriott Mumbai Juhu, Drinq Barmen and Academy.

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