What is the one common thing between Canadian model Coco Rocha and Indian superstars like Randeep Hooda, Mandira Bedi and Dino Morea? Besides their glitzy professions and excess of money, they all share a love for whisky!
The celebrities, who had gathered at the Shangri-La hotel here for USL-Diageo’s #LoveScotch event to celebrate the World Whisky Day on Saturday, opened up and shared ideas about their preferred ways of consuming the alcoholic beverage.
Rocha, the ambassador of the #LoveScotch campaign, said that traditionally people believed that Scotch is a man’s drink, but she enjoys it in varied avatars.
“For some reason, it has been believed that Scotch is a man’s drink. I drink it all sort of ways, as cocktails. I have always been a cocktail girl. I think women felt that there was just one type of taste, but that’s not the case,” Rocha told IANS.
Meanwhile, Randeep Hooda, who even has a horse called Johnnie Walker, said he usually prefers to have whisky on the rocks rather than whisky cocktail.
“If I am drinking to unwind, better to have whisky on the rocks. It is a great conversation drink along with soft jazz,” Randeep told IANS.
Mandira Bedi had revealed that she was first introduced to the drink by her father and she developed a taste for it over the years.
“I enjoy a good Scotch. My father introduced me to it. I believe if a parent introduces you to a drink, you have a healthier relationship with alcohol. A lot of my taste and what I enjoy have been determined by him,” Mandira told IANS.
“I prefer my Scotch neat with two blocks of ice. I believe single malts make good cocktails, though,” she added.
Dino Morea, who is pursuing his career as an actor and now a successful entrepreneur, says he loves a good single malt.
“If I am out on a party, I would like a whisky cocktail. If I am at home with friends coming in for a party, I would prefer it on the rocks. Maybe a little bit of soda to give it a crackling taste,” Dino told IANS.
“Someone showed me a mix of whisky and ginger ale, which I loved,” he added.
The superstars even created some concoctions with single malts and tried their hand at mixing.
With a gleeful spirit, they manifested the guests that they are not just celebrities who we all see on screen, on the ramp, or on magazine covers, but also aficionados of one of the world’s most beloved alcoholic beverages.