You have never really lived as a spice lover if you haven’t had your fair share of spices from the Orient and the Indian peninsula.
Cidade de Goa is celebrating spices this month, but not in the usual way. Its master mixologists have raided the kitchen pantry for some surprising additions to beverages at its Spice Based Cocktail Festival. Here are a few focusing on spices from south Asia that are sure to raise eyebrows:
Tom yum is one of those tastes you would expect on vacation to Thailand. It’s that peculiar hot and spicy taste we have come to associate with south east Asian cooking. A typical tom yum spice combines flavours from fresh lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, galangal, lime juice, fish sauce and crushed chilli peppers.
Bartenders at Cidade de Goa have picked up these spectacular flavours that combine into a powerful punch and added it to vodka, lemongrass, mint, lime and sugar for a delicious cocktail.
India is partly the reason the Americas were discovered – Christopher Columbus was attempting to find a different route here for our spices. Our list of aromatic additions to food is long, from the most commonly known pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, bay leaf and garam masala, to the slightly less familiar asafoetida, cumin, curry leaves, aamla and kokum, to the pretty unknown chironji, kebab chini, kudampali and more.
You will be pleasantly surprised by what the Spice Based Cocktail Festival has in store for you with this particular beverage. It is a mix of brandy, honey, lime and the perfect mix of Indian spices that complement this spirit well.
One of India’s favourite spice blends is chaat masala, a mix that combines tangy, salty and spicy in just the right amounts with amchoor, cumin, coriander, dried ginger, salt, black pepper, asafoetida and chilli. It is used on anything from salad to fruit, and is a quintessential spice in any Indian kitchen.
At Cidade de Goa’s latest cocktail festival, you will taste it in a hot shot cocktail of tequila, orange juice, sour mash, chaat masala and grenadine.
The Spice Based Cocktail Festival is being held at Taverna from September 15 onwards.