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These cocktail capture the taste of India

The mark of a truly good whisky is its versatility to blend well with ingredients of all kind. So, we put our favourite Johnnie Walker whisky to the test by pairing it with the many flavours of India. 

What happened next was a delightful exploration of cocktails concocted with ingredients sourced from across the country. From the very popular apricot jam of Ladkh to bimbli juice from the Andaman Islands, here are a few whisky cocktails India has to offer. 

Ladakh
Ladakh is home to some of the sweetest varieties of apricots in the world. We take freshly made apricot jam from Ladakh and add it to this cocktail to give you a sweet and refreshing drink. 

Ingredients
45ml Johnnie Walker Black Label whisky 
1 spoon apricot jam
5ml peach syrup 
Lime juice from 1 wedge 
Soda, to top off 
Mint sprig, for garnish 

Method 
Mix the apricot jam and peach syrup into flowing consistency. 
Fill a highball glass with ice cubes. 
Pour the whisky and add the jam-syrup.
Top with soda. 
Balance with a lime squeeze and discard lime. 
Garnish with a mint sprig.

Johnnie Walker Cocktail

Mizoram
One of the hottest chillies in the world, Naga chilli aka Bhut Jolokia aka Ghost Chillis come from Mizoram in Nagaland. The locals have taken this homegrown produce and infused it with nectar to create a somewhat smoky-sweet honey with a fruity aftertaste. This honey is used to give this cocktail it’s unique sweet, spicy flavour.

Ingredients 
45ml Johnnie Walker Black Label whisky 
15ml Naga chilli honey 
Tonic, to top up 
Star anise/rosemary, for garnish

Method 
Fill a highball glass with ice cubes. 
Pour the whisky.
Tap rosemary and place inside ice cubes like a tree. 
Add the chilli honey syrup 
Fill the glass with syrup. 
Place star anise over ice cubes.

Johnnie Walker Cocktail

Andaman Islands
Using bimbli and orange syrup, along with black salt and edible flowers, this cocktail embodies the tropical ambience of the Andaman Islands.

Ingredients 
45ml Johnnie Walker Black Label whisky 
15ml Bimbli & orange syrup 
Ginger ale, to top up 
Small pinch of black salt 
Star fruit & edible flowers for garnish 

Method 
Fill a collins glass with ice cubes. 
Pour the whisky. 
Add the orange syrup. 
Fill the glass with ginger ale. 
Balance with a lime squeeze & discard lime. 
Garnish with a pinch of black salt and flowers.

Johnnie Walker Cocktail

Jaisalmer
Capturing the essence of Jaisalmer’s khatta meetha swad, this cocktail uses tamarind syrup with whisky to give you a cocktail that has a piquant flavour.

Ingredients 
45ml Johnnie Walker Black Label whisky 
15ml tamarind syrup 
Tonic, to top up 
Amchur powdered half rim/sweet lime wheel

Method 
Fill the glass with ice cubes. 
Pour the whisky in a collins glass. 
Add the tamarind syrup. 
Fill the glass with tonic 
Balance with a lime squeeze & discard lime. 
Garnish with a sweet lime wheel.

Johnnie Walker Cocktail

Johnnie Ginger
No matter whether you’re in the north or south of India, the Johnnie Ginger is a classic Johnnie Walker cocktail that brings out the flavour of this blended whisky.

Ingredients
45ml Johnnie Walker Black Label whisky
Ginger ale, to top off
Ginger slice & star anise, for garnish

Method 
Fill the glass with ice cubes.
Pour the whisky.
Top it up with ginger ale.
Rim the glass with a ginger slice. 
Place the ginger slice over ice. 
Place the star anise over a ginger slice.

Johnnie Walker Cocktail

Keep Walking as you explore the many ways to blend your Johnnie Walker cocktails. 

*Drink Responsibly! 

 
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