On a hot summer day, the Eat Treat editorial team spent the better part of their Saturday afternoon ensconced in the cool environs of Ek Bar happily sipping on a good half-dozen beautifully crafted cocktails by the most talented mixologist in town—Nitish Tewari.
Here’s what he has to say about customers returning baar baar.
On their most potent concoction
A shot called Gas Chamber–a combination of absinthe, Blue Curacao, vodka, and alcoholic fumes.
On barmen being the best listeners
Yes, even in India. Being a good listener is quite an important part of a bartender’s job.
On handling a difficult customer
This one always works. I’d usually like to serve a Flat Liner, which is a combination of sambuca, tabasco and vodka.
On nursing hangovers
A glass of fresh lime water or more alcohol aka a Virgin Mary.
On drinking on the job
Never. But as a part of my profession, I have to taste every single cocktail before it is served to the guest.
On the item you can cook up yourself
The City of Nizam – Ek Bar’s twist on gin and tonic. Take gin, add a few pieces of turmeric and set aside for 2 hours to infuse. In a glass, add 60 ml of the turmeric-infused gin, and add sugar and salt as per your taste. Squeeze in some orange juice and finish off with tonic water.
On his personally favoured bar spaces
I love visiting PCO for their cocktails and Summer House Cafe to chill out. But my bar at home is the best!