You may have had terrible hangovers from only your ‘go-to’ alcoholic beverages like whiskey, vodka, and wine. But, let me tell you your alcohol journey remains incomplete without you trying the local alcoholic beverages famous in the different states in India. Step out the adventure and daring side of yours and bring out the real “Hindustani” in you to experience what it feels like to get drunk on local daaru.
So, we have come up with the top 5 exotic local drinks you should give it a try:
- Chhang – Ladakh
Chhang is often served as a welcome drink in the regions where it is consumed. In the cold, chilly mountains and high altitudes, you need something to warm you up and that is exactly what this drink promises. It is called ‘Beer of the Himalayas’ and is a hot beer made by fermenting millet.
- Feni or Kaju Feni – Goa
It is well known that the Portuguese brought the cashew nut trees to Goa, and the Goans discovered a way of converting the fruit being discarded into a spirit. Feni belongs to and is found in Goa. It’s stronger than vodka and will help you forget all your sorrows at one go!
3. Handia – Jharkhand
Handia is a rice beer popular in the Indian states of Jharkhand, Bihar, Odisha, etc. This drink is an offering to their god and has probably the least amount of alcohol content. It is made from rice and local herbs.
4. Kesar Kasturi – Rajasthan
This brilliant heritage liquor has 22 spices that go into the making of this drink. The drink was meant for the royal kings of Rajasthan but it is is being sold commercially nowadays. As the name truly suggests, Kesar or saffron remains the main ingredient of the drink. The alcohol, if taken in the small quantities is enough to make you feel drunk.
5. Toddy – Kerala
Toddy is an alcoholic drink made by the overnight fermentation of the flower sap from a coconut tree. It is an energy drink for the villagers who consume it after a long and exhausting day at work. It is white and sweet and contains between 4 and 6% alcohol.