Perfect Martini

Photograph-Kartikey Shiva Styled- Aparna Kaistha

“Shaken not stirred” the famous dialogue by Ian Flemmings iconic character James Bond made the classic drink so popular. Here we have the bartender at one of the Small Luxury hotels of the world property DUKES bar, where Mr. Flemming was a frequent visitor, gives us tips on how to make that perfect Martini to impress your guests at the next house partyDUKES ST JAMES, Mayfair, London

Alessandro Palazzi, Head Barman, DUKES ST JAMES

“Drinks at DUKES bar is something of an occasion. Mix your own Martini at home and serve it up in a frozen glass”


–          A few drops of Martini DUKES Special blend of Dry Vermouth

–          75ml of frozen Gin or Vodka

–          Squeeze oil from a sliver of organic amalfi lemon peel into the drink and ream the glass with lemon peel oil

–          Add this lemon peel and serve


Try out other simple cocktails and Margaritas for the next dinner you host.

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Khan Market gets its own Smoke House Deli

Khan Market finally gets its own Smoke House Deli. Seeped in history, Khan market is the perfect location for the latest Smoke House Deli, the narrow by lanes with shops on both sides are a part of Delhi’s cultural heritage and definitely one of the best markets left in Delhi with the uprising of the mall culture. Smoke House Delhi Khan Market takes you down a trip of nostalgia with walls that illustratively resurrect The Empire Store and Sovereign Dairies – landmarks that haven’t existed on these streets in decades.

Smoke House Deli, Khan Market.

A walk through the café designed by Amith Chhabra of Livin’ Colors Design reveals an interesting mix of 2D and 3D illustrations that cover the walls, to invoke a sense of modern nostalgia. “For instance”, says Kriti Monga, the Designer and typographer who’s beautiful handiwork you see on the walls, “The half illustrated-half real bird bath on the first floor reminds you of childhood trips to Lodhi Gardens, dates on calendars around the cafe are landmark events in Khan Market’s history, and titles in the illustrated bookshelf are a tip of the hat to the locality’s literary giants.” Having spent her early years living in Khan Market, she says, “On a personal note, I get to legitimately draw pictures on walls, in a place I spent a childhood learning to draw in.

Smoke House Deli, Khan Market - Terrace Area.

The café is an amalgamation of rich culinary traditions with modern European café fare. “The menu highlights homely, comfort food that please all your senses while retaining gourmet flourishes” says Executive Chef Shamsul Wahid. “Our intent is to give you all-day options with wholesome, healthy as well as hearty fare designed to cater to every mood.”The extensive menu at Smoke House Deli is perfect from breakfast with a variety of pancakes and eggs thru dinner with Wild Mushroom + Artichoke Crepe Gratin, Cambodian Basa + Smoked “Pimento” Puree, Lightly Smoked Lamb Shanks and ½ Roast Chicken. At Smoke house deli you also have options for in-between meals or for the not so hungry. A variety of sandwiches, burgers and pizzas like the Smoked Tomato + Brie Sandwich, the Soy Mix + Curried Vegan Burger, the Smoked Lamb Burger, the Tomato + Buffalo Mozzarella Pizza and the Shrimp + Grilled Chillies Pizza promise to hit the spot. Smoke House Deli Khan Market’s interactive bar is sure to be an instant favourite for those who love a tasty tipple. The extensive cocktail menu features perplexing combinations of fruit, herbs and high-class liquor.

Smoke House Deli, Khan Market-   'House Spiced Smoked Chicken + Five Spice Jus' Smoke House Deli, Khan Market- _Watermelon Martini'.

Like the other Smoke House Deli properties, the one at Khan Market does not disappoint, neither in terms of food nor decor or ambience. So next time you are at Khan market stop by one of the bylanes at the new Smoke House Deli and enjoy a nice cool watermelon martini in the evening or even a lovely lunch while overlooking the streets of Khan market.

8 am – midnight, 7 days a week
Smoke House Deli, 17, Khan Market, 1st Floor, New Delhi – 110003
Phone: 01143542819

Grey Goose IIFA inspired cocktails

Inspired from this plethora of emotions and glamour, Wink at Vivanta by Taj – President launches an exclusive collection of Grey Goose IIFA inspired Cocktails served at the IIFA Awards in Singapore starting 5th July. Refresh and indulge your senses into the fruity yet strong flavors of a variety of Grey Goose cocktails inspired by savoring the delights of the countries across the globe.  Divulge into a romantic mood of Paris with Grey Goose Amour, some Indian spices of Grey Goose Spice, inspired from Tokyo is the Grey Goose Lavender Bliss and Grey Goose Fiesta Española from the beautiful locales of Madrid. Fear not if for some reason you cannot visit Wink at Taj this July, you can try some of these recipes at home.



  • 60 ml Grey Goose citron
  • 10 ml Simple Syrup made with Star anise
  • 1 wedge lemon squeeze and drop
  • 3 chunks of Ginger
  • 90 ml Apple juice
  • 1 Star Anise for Garnish

Method: Muddle Ginger add the other ingredients and ice. Shake well and fine strain into a chilled cocktail glass prepared with cardamom sugar rim.
Garnish: Star Anise Glass: Martini


  • 60 ml Grey Goose la Poire
  • 30 ml Pink Grape Fruit Juice
  • 60 ml Cranberry juice
  • 2 bar spoons Raspberry Jam
  • 2 Fresh Raspberries for Garnish

Method: Add ingredients shake well with ice and fine strain into a martini glass. Serve Garnished.
Garnish: 2 Raspberries in Cocktail pick Glass: Martini


  • 60 ml Grey Goose Vodka
  • 10 ml Monin Lavender syrup
  • 2 dash Angostura bitter
  • 2 bash orange bitters
  • 60 ml cranberry juice
  • 30 ml black grape juice

Method: Shake all the Ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Serve Garnished.
Garnish: Edible Flower Glass: Martini

Cocktail Hour

For all of you, who like me love going for a drink post work, or meet for drinks over lunch (or don’t even mind an occasional wine at breakfast) Cafe Zoe the latest entry into the Mumbai hospitality scene is just our answer for that and much more. Open from 7.30 am, with authentic European cuisine, the owners encourage you to come in and spend time at the place as much as you want. Whether it is grabbing a book or using the wi-fi facility for work, noone will disturImageb you till you are ready to go.

Coming back to the point which is the delish drinks,  In keeping with the persona of doing things differently, Zoe also has something special to offer the tipplers.  Expect to be served pitchers of all your favorite cocktails at prices that will make this place your favorite! You can also purchase your very own bottle of vodka, and no, it doesn’t apply only to the most premium. And my recommendation is the fresh seasonal fruit Margarita. We tried the Kiwi and Strawberry Margarita, both get two thumbs up from us. They were yummy! We were so tempted to get more except we were there over lunch and had to get back to office (Unfortunately).

So if you are around the area or work around there, do stop by for a drink, and do try the Margarita.

Cafe Zoe: 7-11 Mathuradas Mill Compound, 126, NM Joshi Marg, Lower Parel, Mumbai 400013

(Photograph Courtsey- Casaviva India)