India is a sub-continent located in South Asia. The country with the second largest population in the world consists of a variety of cultures.
So do not be surprised if the drinking traditions in the subcontinent are very diverse.
Here are some of them!
This first Indian drink came from the south. It is Panakam.
This refreshing drink has a strong connection with Rama Navami and Narasimha Jayanthi, which is the birthday ceremony of Sri Krsna and Lord Ram that takes place in the summer.
20. Po Cha
Butter tea, also known as Po Cha, is a drink of the Himalayas in India, especially in Ladakh, Sikkim, and Arunachal Pradesh.
Traditionally, Tea Butter is made from tea leaves, yak milk butter, water, and salt.
Shikanjvi or Nimbu Pani is the name of the original Indian lemonade drink. The appearance of this drink is always identic with summer.
Nimbu Pani is very popular in the northern part of India. It is usually sold on every street corner as a thirst quencher.
18. Darjeeling Tea
Darjeeling tea is a type of tea made from Camellia Sinensis, grown and processed in Darjeeling District, West Bengal state, India.
Darjeeling tea leaves are mostly processed into black tea, although some are made into green and white teas.
Falooda is a cold drink that is usually served as a dessert. The drink originally came from Persia and was named Faloodeh.
In the Indian version, Falooda is made from a mixture of rose syrup, basil seeds, milk, ice cream, gelatin, and a special thin noodle.
16. Indian Filter Coffee
Indian Filter Coffee is a coffee drink made by mixing foamed milk and boiled milk with a ground coffee infusion.
The drink is made with a traditional Indian filter. Another name for Indian Filter Coffee is Kaapi.
15. Rooh Afza
Rooh Afza is a concentrated herbal squash drink launched in Old Delhi, India, in 1906 by Judge Hafiz Abdul Majeed.
Currently, the drink is produced by a company founded by him called Hamdard Laboratory (Wakf).
14. Kokum Sherbet
Kokum or Garcinia Indica is a plant in the mangosteen family originating from the western region of India.
The plants, which are located along the west coast of India, consisting of 35 species, and 17 are endemic. The tree can grow up to 18 m tall.
Jal-Jeera is an Indian drink made from a special spice called Jal-Jeera powder.
In Hindi, ‘Jal‘ means water, and ‘Jeera‘ means caraway. Basically, Jal-Jeera drink is lemonade mixed with Jal-Jeera powder, which tastes fresh.
Fenny or Feni, Fenim, and sometimes Fenno are spirits or distilled spirits produced in Goa’s Indian state.
The most popular fenny is cashew fenny and palm fenny. However, other varieties are sold depending on the main ingredients.
Apo or Apong is an alcoholic drink popular among the tribes of Arunachal Pradesh and Assam’s states in northeast India.
Apo is made from fermented rice and usually served with bamboo glasses. Apo is usually drunk for spiritual activities.
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10. Massala Chai
Masala Chai is a popular Indian tea made from a mixture of spices and seasonings by boiling black tea in milk and water.
This drink has become popular throughout the world and is currently produced in various packaging versions such as bags, powders, and concentrates.
Thandai is a cold and hot brew that is popular in the Indian states of Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, and Rajasthan.
Thandai is made from a mixture of almond seeds, fennel seeds, watermelon seeds, rose petals, pepper, cardamom, turmeric, milk, vetiver seeds, and sugar.
Arrack is a distilled alcoholic beverage produced in the Indian subcontinent and parts of Southeast Asia.
Arrack is made from fermented sap from coconut or sugarcane flowers and grains such as brown rice. The maximum alcohol content is 50%.
Sharbat is a drink that originated in Persia but is also well known in India.
The drink is made from fruit and flower petals. It tastes sweet and is usually served cold. Sharbat in the southern part of India is often called Sarbbath.
Chaach or Chaas is a drink made from Dahi or Indian yogurt, which is very popular in almost all regions of the Indian subcontinent.
In Indian English, Chaach is often called buttermilk. Besides using Dahi, other ingredients are water and spices.
5. Noon Chai
This tea from Kashmir is called Noon Chai or known as Shir Chai, Gulabi Chai, Kashmiri Tea, or Pink Tea.
This tea is probably originated from the Kashmir valley. Noon Chai is made from gunpowder tea, milk, and baking soda.
Kahwah or also known as Qehwa, Kehwa, or Kahwa, is a traditional green tea consumed in India, especially in the Malabar and Kashmir region.
Kahwah is made by boiling green tea leaves together with turmeric, cinnamon, and cardamom.
Neera, which is also called Palm Nectar, is made from the sap extracted from the inflorescences of various species of palm.
Neera extraction is usually done before sunrise. The color is clear, with a sweet taste, and usually very easily ferments naturally.
2. Aam Panna
Aam Panna or Aam Jhora is an Indian drink that is well known for its heat resistant properties.
Aam Panna is made from yellow or light green unripe mangoes. It is consumed as a delicious and healthy summer drink.
Lassi is a traditional Indian drink made from Dahi or Indian yogurt, water, spices, and sometimes fruit.
Lassi is also often called Lachii, Taak, and Chhah. Lassi has a soft texture and mostly has a sweet or salty taste.
Actually, not all Indian drinks are included in this list. But overall, you can say that each region has its own signature drink.
So are you interested in trying it?