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Cocktail Time: The Flavor of Bollywood in Cocktail Form at Baar Baar
June 16, 2023, 5:44.52 pm ET


Photo: Neil John Burger

NYC's modern Indian gastropub, Baar Baar, is launching its new summer cocktails inspired by the vibrant world of Indian cinema. Each drink is inspired by a classic Bollywood movie with Indian spirits and ingredients.

They include the Anarkali (above), an adapted Negroni featuring gin, Campari, sweet vermouth, Darjeeling tea, and cardamom. Baar Baar says this cocktail is inspired by the 1953 Indian drama that tells the story of how Mughal emperor Jahangir revolted against his father Akbar over his love for a common girl called Anarkali.

Then there is Slumdog Millionaire, a G&T with raw turmeric-infused gin, passion fruit, green chartreuse, and tonic. This drink is based off of the 2008 classic which tells the story of teen Jamal Malik, who is accused of cheating after winning big money on a gameshow.

Sholay, is a take on the Pina Colada, with curry leaf-infused rum, Malibu, pineapple, and vanilla liqueur. It is inspired by one of the greatest and influential Indian movies of all time, an action-adventure about two criminals who were hired by a retired police officer to capture the ruthless dacoit Gabbar Singh.

In all, Baar Baar (13 East 1st St) is offering nine Bollywood-inspired cocktails along with new summer dishes like Yuka Shami Kebab with pickled onion, balsamic-date chutney, and sheermal; Tuna Tartare with avocado, curry leaf oil, masala cornflakes, and passion fruit rasam; and Jackfruit Biryani with burani raita and jalapeno salan; among others.

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