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Come Party With Me: Indian Dinner — Drinks

No themed dinner party can begin without the relaxing mood enhancer and conversation stimulator that is the specialty cocktail. Since India (outside of the big cities) doesn't have much of a drinking culture, I'm turning to Dale Degroff, the king of cocktails, for inspiration.

According to Degroff, in its day — during the 19th century when East India existed — the East India cocktail was similar to the cosmopolitan in popularity: Everyone enjoyed it. The mixture of cognac, pineapple juice, and orange curacao pairs perfectly with Padma Lakshmi's salty, crispy kahti rolls.

For the main course serve cold beer, a Pinot Blanc, sweet Reisling, or an unoaked Syrah. To look at the recipe for the East India cocktail,

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East India Cocktail

East India Cocktail

East India Cocktail

Ingredients

  1. 1 1/2 ounces cognac
  2. 1 ounce orange curaçao
  3. 1 1/2 ounces pineapple juice
  4. 1 dash Angostura bitters
  5. Flamed orange peel, for garnish
  6. Nutmeg, for grating

Directions

  1. Combine the first four ingredients with ice, and shake.
  2. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass, dust with freshly grated nutmeg, and garnish by flaming the orange peel over the top of the drink.

Makes 1 drink.

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