Chocolate and cardamom martini

The intense flavours and spices of India make for some unique cocktails, like this exotic blend, with chocolate powder and lime juice (£9). At City bar and eatery Mint Leaf Lounge.  

Coriander and lychee daiquiri

Soho spot Zenna Bar is an Indian-themed “cocktail underworld” beneath The Red Fort restaurant. Sip on this concoction (£8) in an atmosphere we’ll call “sophisticated subcontinent”.    

Calcutta Cuppa

Anise is the bar adjoining restaurant Cinnamon Kitchen, just off Bishopsgate by Liverpool Street. This drink (£7.95) blends gin, Assam tea, fresh lemon and mango chutney. Sweet without straying into ‘cloying’.