Chemistry of Drinks at Cafe Ludus

Molecular gastronomy and especially Molecular mixology seem like the new fad these days. Almost every bar or party you enter we have Molecular mixology which was what we were invited to review and test at Cafe Ludus with bartender Clayton Gracias. Since my review of Cafe Ludus I have been there a couple of times and tried their regular drinks so this was my first with their molecular mixology.

Cafe Ludus - Healthy Honeycomb Magarita Cafe Ludus - Smoked Whiskey SourCafe Ludus - Marshmallow Martini

Though Clayton’s explanation of Molecular mixology left more to be desired, with my previous experience what I gather is the idea is to break conventional norms in terms of taste and expectation. So if I was to shut your eyes and made you try the drinks you would get a hint of the original cocktail and a burst of the new added texture or flavour. For instance A Pina Colada will also have a burst of warm milk and is also a lot lighter than the original Pina Colada. Ultimately a lot of molecular mixology depends on a person’s personal taste and mine makes me stay away from most. Well firstly, cause I anyway usually only drink Vodka or Wine and then if it is a cocktail I am very particular about how it should taste and how fattening it will be. Don’t laugh, alcohol is very fattening and I don’t need to add other fattening substances. Well though he went through a list of drinks my favourites were Healthy  Honey  Comb  Margarita, Espresso  Nutty  Martini, B  52  Blast. So if Molecular mixology seems like your kind of science do try it and let me know about your experience!

Focus:Spring is in the air

Finally the cold winters are exiting and I can feel glorious Spring in the year. Unfortunately, it is too short-lived in India; mid March it will be closer to summer than spring, but till then we have a few weeks to enjoy this beautiful weather with amazing picnic and brunches.So get together a hamper of goodies and set off with your partner for a romantic date (Valentine day is just around the corner) or with your friends for a fun day out by the country-side(even a park in your locality or city will do!)

Photograph by-Karolina GembaraStyled by-Aparna Kaistha
Photograph by-Karolina Gembara
Styled by-Aparna Kaistha

From Left to Right
1. Wooden Tray, Goodearth, Rs.362 2.Jars, Pearlpet, Rs.60 each 3.Vintage Bottle, FCML,Price on Request 4.Quilt, Home Stop, Rs.2,099 5.Elan Amphora Love pitcher, Crazy Daisy, Rs.1,050 6.Wicker Basket, Home Stop, Rs.1,099 7.Flowers, Home Stop, Rs.799 8.Cushion, Home Stop, Rs.499 9.Ice Vodka, Local Wine Shop, Rs.750

Photograph by-Karolina GembaraStyled by-Aparna Kaistha
Photograph by-Karolina Gembara
Styled by-Aparna Kaistha

I think cocktails/punches are a perfect addition to any brunch or picnic. Also if you are like me who avoids cooking at any cost they are great lifesavers so it looks like you made effort and did not just get something from the shop. Thanks to IICE Vodka here we have a few refreshing recipes for the perfect brunch cocktails(recipe for one drink so decide quantity according to the amount of people)


Photograph by-Karolina GembaraStyled by-Aparna Kaistha
Photograph by-Karolina Gembara
Styled by-Aparna Kaistha

1. 45ml Vodka
2. 60ml Mango juice
3. 30ml Club Soda
4. 30ml Mango Ice-cream
Mix the Vodka, Mango juice and Club Soda in a Tall glass. Garnish with Mango Ice-cream.IICE Splash
1.30ml Green Apple Vodka
2.30ml Coconut Water
3.1 small kiwi or half large kiwi, peeled
4.60ml Apple juice
5.148ml Lemon Syrup
Pour the Green Apple vodka,Coconut water, Apple juice and lemon syrup into a cocktail maker filled with ice. Shake well and strain into a high ball glass. Garnish with Kiwis.

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

Drink for a Cause!

In February 2011, Belvedere the premium Vodka brand announced its partnership with RED and the launch of a special edition to raise proceeds for the Global Fund, the worlds leading financer to fight HIV/AIDS in Africa. 50% of profits from the sales of Belvedere (RED) special edition will contribute to the Global Fund.

To add to the summer fun, here is a list of cocktails created by Claire Smith for Summer 2012. So throw your fancy party and add a tinge of RED with these cocktails.


Belvedere (RED) Reef Breeze            Belvedere (RED) Cherry Collin

1oz Belvedere RED                               50ml Belvedere Vodka

½oz Belvedere Citrus                            6-7 Fresh Black Cherries

2oz Pineapple Juice                               Dash Simple Syrup

Dash Lime                                            15ml Lime Juice

¼ grenadine syrup                                Dash peychaud Bitters

Shake and pour over into High ball         Muddle,shake and strain in a iced highball

                                                          Pour Soda and garnish with a cherry 

Belvedere (RED) Port                        Belvedere (RED) Tart

1oz Belvedere RED                              1.5oz Belvedere RED

½oz Strawberry Juice                          ¼oz Chambord  Black Raspberry liqueur

½oz Port                                            Dash Ameretto

Dash Simple Syrup                             ½ oz Fresh lime juice

2 dashes rhubarb bitters                   Shake first four ingredients. Top up with sprite

10ml chilled water                            Garnish with red berries

Stir and serve at room temp in spirit glass

Spring Flavours

My earliest memory of Spring is all the picnics and brunch’s I attended with my parents at their friends farmhouses. This of course gave way to my college friends and I planning impromptu trips near Delhi or at someones farm for our own version of ‘picnics’. Well if you call previous night’s left overs from the party we were at or our parents fridge picnic. And of course, there were all our versions of cocktails and alcohol to suffice for the lack of any other arrangement. Moving on from this, once my friends started getting hitched, started the concepts of reception brunch’s, anniversary brunch’s, engagement brunch’s, Birthday brunch’s etc etc. The highlight of these parties besides the beautiful spring weather was the amazing food, music and lovely cocktails. Keeping this trend alive FINLANDIA VODKA FROM THE HOUSE OF BROWN FORMAN brings to us an array of six exotic flavours from refreshing grapefruit  to juicy mangoes to sour lime to sweet cranberry to tangy tangerine and also wild berry.

Here are two cocktail recipes for you to try at that next amazing brunch you are planning in this delightful season.


4 cl Finlandia Grapefruit Vodka

3 cl Fresh Pomegranate Juice

1 cl Fresh Lime Juice

1 cl Honey

Glass: Martini, Method: Shake, Garnish: Pink Grapefruit Peel. Pour all ingredients into chilled shaker. Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.


4 cl Finlandia Cranberry

1 cl Simple Syrup

4 cl Grapefruit Juice

1 dash Pink Grapefruit Juice

Glass: On the Rocks, Method: Shake, Garnish: Pink Grapefruit Slice & Cherry. Pour all ingredients into chilled shaker. Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass