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United Kitchens of India has become one of our favorite new restaurants in the city. Don’t let the bright sign fool you, coz once inside, opens up a world of food and drinks. As you cross over the bridge to be ushered in, the interiors are quite swanky and bright. The outside cabana-styled our seating is our favorite spot. But here in this post we aren’t getting into discussion about their amazing food and ambience. It’s going to be about their Liquids. Yes, those shiny cocktails which has us going ‘Ooooo’ (minion like….) every time we order one.

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We list out below our 5 favorite cocktails off the United Kitchen of India menu….

Lotta: When it comes to Master Mixologist Sharad Arora, his legacy of the Lotta precedes him. A mean cocktail would be an understatement to describe the Lotta which has won several awards. I do love the infusion of tenderness of the coconut in the white rum. Mint Julep, Basil and Passion Fruit come together in a lotta to give it the much needed freshness. We have tried variations in dark rum too and must say, they add to the flavor.

Lotta

Gulaboo: For people who like Whiskey and yet don’t like to drink it neat, the Gulaboo is for you. Rose Water, fizz and fresh rose petals give the whiskey a slight hint of sweetness which isn’t overpowering at the same time.

Gulaboo

Espresso Martini: This classic-stylish and killer drink is a real potent drink. It has quite the kick of sweetness and rich. The Espresso Martini at United Kitchens of India adds a tinge of hazelnut to give it their own sweet twist.

Espresso Martini

Gin Fizz: The Gin Fizz is my personal favorite here. On a sunny day this should be the drink in your hand. It’s extremely refreshing and is like drops of sweet nectar going down the throat. UKI makes the Lemon Sorbet fresh with every order, so I know for a fact that I’m going to get neatly packed one in my glass. The gin is infused with lemongrass in the Gin Fizz.

Road No. 45: The Road No. 45 is United Kitchens of India’s signature drink. Named after the road they are located on i.e Road No 45, Jubilee Hills, the cocktail brings in a balance of sweet and sour with elderflower syrup, mixing together the richness of bubbly and gin.

Other notable mentions include the Sufiana, Narangi Chaska and the Twisted Mojitos which come in choice of flavors like Plum & Passion Fruit/ Mandarin/ Raw Mango/ Kiwi & Fennel/ Fig & Tamarind.

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They also have some amazing range of Beer Cocktails if you’ve exhausted through their vast cocktail menu.

Beer Cocktails

(Pics by FD Team – Arjun D)

 

In the video below Mixologist Sharad Arora shows us how to whip up a mean Sufiana, their take on the Absinthe.

 

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The fizz as you open a bottle of beer or that sweet pop sound as you unseal a can of the Golden Ambrosia. That’s the beauty of Beer and we are huge Beer Aficionados here at FoodDrifter. Having done posts on the Breweries of Bangalore and Pune, this time the talk is to about the Budtails a.k.a Beer Cocktails being launched this Holi 2015 across India and we were invited to judge the best of Budtails across a couple of the city’s outlets.

Beer Lal - Mavericks

Bar Hopping is indeed a fun thing especially when you are going to drink a lot of beer. A car on standby with a designated driver, drinks in hand and once done, off to the next spot. And that was exactly what Budweiser had in mind. Turning your favorite Ale to something even more fun. Beer Cocktails are fun and enjoyed best when made with light beers and Budweiser is exactly that. In keeping with the Holi Spirit, the drinks were to be judged on the following parameters: Name of Cocktails, Theme (Holi), Balance Of Flavors, Presentation, Food Pairings and Overall Taste.

Caramba

Starting off with the first stop for the evening was Tap Quench Bar. Right opposite the K.B.R Park in Banjara Hills, there were 3 Budtails on offer. The Ginger Technic, had a strong after-taste and hit of ginger as soon as you take a sip. It’s best for a Holi hangover, if you ever are in one. The tomato has always been an inspiration for the Bloody Mary’s and Sangritas but here it had a foray into Beer Cocktail. Astonishing perfect for a relaxing drink, the Tap Tangy was fantabulous and a great cocktail to indulge in. Margorona is a very loosely thrown-around name to be used for Beer Cocktails. Supposed to have started as a mix of Margarita + Corona, here it was instead replaced with the Budweiser for the Budtails. The decision came down to between the Margorona and Tap Tangy, but the Margorona topped because it had a colorful Holi spirit to it and got us asking for more.

Budtails At Tap Quech Bar

A drive to the next stop of Fly High by LS in Jubilee Hills and we were greeted with our next two drinks. Both the Beer Pong and Bobby’s Beer Cocktail didn’t really ruffle any wow-feelings in us. They were average at best with the Bobby’s Beer Cocktails, the better of the two. I’d rather order a Beer Smuggler which the Bartender created right at the counter and not part of the Budtails Menu. It had a refreshing hint of coconut to it.

Budtails At Fly High By LS

Mavericks Bar & Grill was a relatively unknown competitor to me. I had heard of the place but never really dropped by to visit anytime. Located on the top floor of the Manjeera Mall in Kukatpally, the newly opened Bar is huge and spacious too. The naming of the Budtails at Mavericks were all flat and without any creative thought process done for their nomenclature. Beer Lal and Bud Wiser turned out to be cranberry and Blue Curacao based cocktails respectively and were just too sweet for our liking. The Beer Pong was frothy and good too. It was an orange-based drink and again turned out to be a little sweeter than needed. Then the best drink of the night according to me arrived for the night. The bad naming aside of being Fusion Fizz, it was a roller coaster. The Fusion Fizz at Mavericks borders between a Beer cocktail and a Mojito and was easily the most refreshing drink of the night. Easily knocking the other drinks on the points table by a large margin.

The Budtails At Mavericks

The Bar Hop continued on to Komatose, our last stop for the night. Located in the Financial Dist. and part of the Holiday Inn Group, Komatose had our high expectations. We have loved the great food at Komatose and Jonathan’s Kitchen so we knew what to expect on that front. The Budtails menu at Komatose is expansive. They have a lot of those on offer. The Holy Koma was literally holy cow amazing. The other notable mentions is the Panipuri-based Beer cocktails which gives a whole new meaning to fusion named the Caramba, Fill Me Up and Flirtini. The only minor out of place for all the awesome drinks at Komatose was that they all looked the same color and hence losing out on the points for Theme. But for benefit of doubt, they don’t use any artificial colors at all and hence the colors to be expecting are toned down. The Budtails go great with the Marinated Olives and Focaccia Melt at Komatose.

Fill Me Up And Flirtini At Komatose

Beer Cocktails sure is catching up fast as one to indulge in. This is a great initiative from Budweiser on coming up with a Holi Theme of Budtails for their Holi parties across India. The winner of the Budtails contest shall be announced on Holi at Aqua, The Park and Marriott Convention Center where Budweiser is hosting its Holi Party in Hyderabad.

Fusion Fizz At Mavericks

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