If you are a really adventurous and curious soul with regards to voyaging, then you surely must be trying out the local food that is served at the local eateries. But, do you often request for a pint of a Kingfisher with your food? Well, there is some scope of improvement here. In a land as diverse and versatile as India, everything has some or the other value, whether at global, national or even local front. Similarly, there are unique alcoholic beverages fermented by local people which, if you try, can tingle your senses like never before. Yes, India and alcohol, what a combo!
Get over the Single Malts and the Old Monks for sometime, and walk through the different patches of the nation while relishing the local alcoholic beverages they serve. India, now we’re talking! Dry days, what are dry days!
Coconut Toddy, Kerala
God’s Own Country, Kerala has its own particular liquor drink. Made by aging the sap of the coconut tree, the coconut toddy is a shallow drink, yet it becomes pretty stronger with longer maturation. Majorly served with fiery fish curry and bubbled tapioca. Just some gulps down and you will get that much needed buzz. Sway!
The toll of opting for cheap flights from Delhi to Goa can at times strike your mind and body both, for the lack of expected flight services. But don’t worry, for you are in the land of awesomeness. But despite being a Goa fan, have you tried out their local poison? No, we didn’t mean the “poison” poison, but Pheni! Prepared from coconut or cashew apple juice, Feni are of two types– Toddy Palm Feni and Cashew Feni. Despite the fact that this Goan spirit is generally blended as a part of cocktails, however, the locals of South Goa like it neat or over ice. What about you?
Kesar Kasturi, Rajasthan
This beverage is like tailor made for the royalty. The formula for this rich alcoholic beverage incorporates colorful fixings like roots, dry fruits, saffron and different flavors. Kesar Kasturi was actually meant for the royals before, but later it expended amid the winter season as a remedial beverage. Its is a Rajasthani legacy drink which is not very strong. So you can easily walk back to your hotel, without fumbling or tripping over your own leg!
This rice wine will be available exclusively in Nagaland only, since the Angami Nagas only know of its divine preparation procedure. Grown rice grains are utilized for making the wine and it gives an ethereal taste to the final product prepared. The grains are crushed and aged for a few days and the liquid from the aging grains is then diluted and strained through a bamboo sieve. The subsequent alcohol is called Zutho and is pretty mild.
Kinnauri Ghanti, Himachal Pradesh
Made by consolidating apricots and apples, Kinnauri Ghanti is a light, transparent drink prepared by the locals of Himachal. You can have this alcohol either with water or any cold drink, whatever way suits you. It is an exceptionally gentle beverage and numerous local people drink it consistently! After all, what better way to beat the winter chills than this, right?
Now you know why Indians are considered artistic when it comes to food and beverages? Not only the food, but also the local drinks, and the alcoholic drinks especially, are so overwhelmingly ecstatic. The country literally, is a treasure trove of infinities. Already buzzed?