Have you tried the new Cocktail Pre Mixes?


MojitoThough I am a whisky drinker, there are days when I long to have a great cocktail at home. But frankly, I don’t have the skills to whip one up myself.

Owners of Light House Café, Mumbai probably had people like me in mind when they introduced cocktail premixes (minus alcohol) that are super easy to put together. All you have to do is open it, pour the alcohol, shake it up in a cocktail shaker and add some rocks (if you wish).

TY ELDERFLOWER - LHC Mix Kit by Light House Cafe
LHC Cocktail premix kit 


Let’s face it: ready-to-drink mixes have a bad reputation for being fruit-flavored sugar bombs. While those versions are still be on the market, LHC Mix has a range of vodka, whisky, beer, tequila, gin, white rum and wine based inventive and classic cocktails that are as easy as uncork and pour. You can now enjoy everything from a Caipiroska to a Mojito without suffering the crowd or prices of a bar. The LHC Mix menu has 17 cocktail pre-mixes and one mocktail mix. Each mix of 150 ml serves 1.

LHC Sangria mix 

Since I was looking for a low-key cocktail to sip at the end of a long day, I tried the spice infused Mulled wine with cranberries. The drink is topped off with dried cranberry bits for a little extra oomph. All I needed was a wine glass.

I also tried the Vodka based Green apple martini. While the mixes won’t win any prizes for best packaging (packed in a gold pouch), they were easy to rustle up (there is a detailed step-by-step note with every drink). The martini was nice and tangy with green apple, orange and lemon extracts. All I had to do was pour the mix in a cocktail shaker (even a high ball glass would do if you don’t have a shaker), fill it up with ice to the brim and give it a good shake. Remove the ice and pour it in a martini glass. Simple.

Ty Elderflower LHC MIX POUCHThe mix stays for 3 days if refrigerated and for 3 hours if kept at room temperature once delivered.

I think the premixes make perfect sense when you’re looking for a cocktail with minimal effort to impress at a dinner party or just unwind after a long day. If you need a bartender or a bartending team, the guys at Light House Café will even send them along (for an extra cost of course)

What you need to know

Price: Rs 60-110 inclusive of delivery charges

Delivery area: Juhu to South Mumbai

Delivery time: 20 to 45 mins

Order Timings: 12 pm to 11 pm (All Days)

Call: 9967414148/ 9987610897


Japanese restaurant Ruka – A review

Tuna SashimiWhen Ramee Grand Hotel & Spa in Bahrain decided to bring its popular luxury Japanese restaurant Ruka to Mumbai, it not just imported the brand but also its Japanese Chef Masato Toida from Bahrain. Styled in black and brown Ruka is quite stark and impersonal. Thankfully the food is bright and flavourful.

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ARK, Courtyard by Marriott – My review

ARK Seating Area

ARK at Courtyard by Marriott exudes colonial cool with its low slung sofas, brick walled bar, rustic wooden flooring and a collector’s edition wine rack. A dramatic wall consisting of 9 LCD television sets screens all the sporting action. The result is a seductive, attractive space, which is both sleek and playful. The lighting is low and a soundtrack of chilled beats plays unobtrusively in the background. This is the kind of place that’s made for sophisticates to gather for some intellectual chat, fueled by cocktails and perhaps a cigar.

Pear Martini
Pear Martini

Apart from ARK signatures, the bar also serves molecular cocktails and craft beer. Vodka with watermelon juice and molecularly generated watermelon pearls tickles the senses in the most agreeable way and Rum with lychee liqueur, pomegranate juice and smoked orange peel is refreshing.

Bruchettas - Tomato Bocconcinni at ARK, Courtyard by Marriott Mumbai
Bruchettas – Tomato Bocconcinni

Chef Rajan Vasandi gives mushrooms an ego boost by dressing it with Philadelphia cheese and perching it atop a base of french fries. The Tomato Bruschettas with cheese and balsamic reduction is heavenly. My dining companion and I warred with forks over every last fresh, crunchy morsel, before ordering a second round and demolishing that, too. If you love sausages go for the Beer Brat which is a juicy sausage hugged by a baguette and stuffed with pickled vegetables and cheese. The best part is that it comes with 650ml of Kingfisher beer! The portions are big, the meat is hearty and the sandwiches are full of bite – what more could you ask for? With no desserts on the menu the best way to end the night here is the last of whatever remains in your wine glass.

Bar at ARK
Bar at ARK

Pink Floss – gin based concoction poured over candy floss in a Martini glass read better than it tasted. Avoid.

COST: Rs 3000 for two

HOW TO GET THERE: CTS 215, Opp Sangam Big Cinemas, Andheri – Kurla Rd, Andheri East, Mumbai – 400059. Tel: +91-22-61369999