My love for alcohol is legendary and for cocktails, I’d walk to the far ends of Bandra. Since Olive Bar & Kitchen happens to be one of my most favourite places in Bandra, I thought I’d celebrate my love for cocktails along with them. Many nights and noons have been spent at Olive Bar & Kitchen. Their #barnights always mutate into the most adventurous night out I’ve had. Their Sunday brunches lead me to food and beverage comas and #DetoxMondays. So when I heard they have a new cocktail menu launching, I began salivating like Pavlov’s dog. The lovely Mitali fiction-reader, dot-connector, party-starter,marketing-goddess Kumar invited me to indulge in what she’s calling Martini Candy land. Purists can leave the premises because this is a martini adventure! It was such fun to become an 8-year-old again as pop rocks, candy floss and caramel popcorn made an appearance. Thankfully to make this appropriate for this 29-year-old, all of the above candy treats were submerged in Vodka. (Hallelujah!)
I invited my stunning college friend Kadambari Chauhan who lives and breathes all things music playlists to curate a list of songs that make this martini adventure to candy land simply sublime!
Pop Rocks Martini: Rimming your martini glass first with honey, then with the pop rocks shall lead to snaps, crackles and pops in your mouth while you sip slowly (or quickly). And here are some Martini Tunes to enjoy as you sip slowly (or quickly).
I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times) – Jamie xx featuring Young Thug and Popcaan A mix of the familiar with the unexpected. The surreal, chiming electronica associated with Jamie xx has been turned into an eclectic mashup with Motown and dancehall, the perfect blend to go with a very surprising martini!
Flight Facilities: Foreign Language featuring Jess Exploding candy and alcohol have another name: disco. Flight Facilities are possibly one of the most underrated acts I know, discover them!
Cotton Candy Martini: Start by overflowing your martini glass with light, fluffy cotton candy. As you watch it slowly melt and change your cocktail from pink to purple to blue with a distinct layer of liquid cotton candy at the base you must listen to these.
Neon Indian – Annie The audio equivalent of cotton candy; spinning clouds of pink sugar that you can drink? Here’s four minutes to soundtrack the rush you feel in your toes!
Robyn & La Bagatelle Magique- Love Is Free Midway through this martini, your intestines will be doing rainbow aerobics. The only way to channel physiological chaos is by dancing to, and with, Robyn. This is her latest, nuttiest smash featuring La Bagatelle Magique.
Buttered Popcorn Martini: Caramel. Popcorn. Stoli. And these tunes!
Honne – Coastal Love Salted caramel is in a different league from pure sugar (as much as we’ve loved dying of diabetes for the past two drinks!). It’s slow and deliberate, but you know when it’s hit you. Kind of like this song by Honne…one of my recent and utter favourites. I dedicate it to this cocktail.
Years & Years – Shine I’m going to go a little mainstream here….these guys have been tearing up the charts for weeks now, and as much I love championing the cause of the ‘lesser known’ song, this one is has a salted caramel vibe. I’m serious.
Go to Olive Bar & Kitchen and ask the bartender to stir up these martinis for you! If you loved the music, do leave a comment below or email me at email@example.com and I wish you several hazy, dazy, martini crazy nights and noons!
Olive Bar & Kitchen: Next to Tourist Hotel,14, Nargis Dutt Road, Union Park, Khar West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400052. Phone: 02243408229. Open from 7:30 pm till 1:00 am. Follow them on twitter
Olive Bar & Kitchen: Next to Tourist Hotel,14, Nargis Dutt Road, Union Park, Khar West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400052. Phone: 02243408229. Open from 7:30 pm till 1:00 am. Follow them on twitter @OliveMumbai
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