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Jul 03, 2015 at 15:38

21 Amazing Local Indian Liquors You Won’t Find At Your Favorite Bar

by Swetambara Chaudhary

You are a truly adventurous soul when it comes to travelling. You love the food that is served at the local restaurants. But do you end up ordering a Kingfisher with your food? Well, you could do much better. There are special alcoholic drinks brewed by the locals which can scintillate your senses. Here are some of them:

1. Chhang - Ladakh

Barley Beer which entices even Yetis

Taste some chhang while traversing the beautiful landscapes of Ladakh to fight the biting cold or to simply rejuvenate. Read here for more information about its production .

Can you call home after a glass (or two) - Yes.

Source : Mousafir

2. Po:ro Apong - Assam

Rice Beer famed to have been made of a fairy's breast milk

Get a taste of the culture heritage of the Adi and Mising tribe in Assam by trying this beer. Read here for more information about its production .

Can you call home after a glass (or two) - Not really advisable!

Source : Ritika Mittal

3. Chuwarak - Tripura

Versatile Tripuri whiskey

The land of fourteen Gods is proud of being the producer of this intoxicant through an elaborate process. Its versatile nature allows for a variety of raw materials to be used like rice, pineapple or even jackfruit. Read here for more information about its production .

Can you call home after a glass (or two) - Don't!

Source : Tiprasi

4. Handia - Jharkhand

The rice beer that the Santhalis and Mundas offer to their Gods

This beer produced by the tribal women is also taken as a gift to a friend's or relative's house and is one of the most sought after things in dowry! Read here for more information about its production .

Can you call home after a glass (or two) - Yes.

Source : Imgbuddy

5. Feni - Goa

The drought made of cashew nut apples which tells the story of Goan ingenuity

The Portuguese brought the cashewnut trees to Goa, but the Goans discovered a way of converting the fruit being discarded into a spirit. Read here for more information about its production .

Can you call home after a glass (or two) - Umm..no.

Source : Like your liquor

6. Judima - Assam

The rice wine which can ward off evil

The Dimasa people of Assam administer some of this  wine to newborns to protect them against evil. Read here for more information about its production .

Can you call home after a glass (or two) - Yes.

Source : Blending flavors

7. Kiad - Meghalaya

Introduced as a medicinal remedy to the Pnar people of Meghalaya in the 1880s

Think about it. You are walking on the roads of Shillong and spot a jadoh stall. You stop for a drink and taste Kiad. Though the diluted versions are not that strong, a 70% concentrated Kiad is often sold. Read here for more information about its production .

Can you call home after a glass (or two) - No!

Source : Sillung

8. Zutho - Nagaland

A Naga concoction which boasts of a taste like the Japanese sake

Only the Angami Nagas know about the procedure of production of this rice wine. it is different from other rice wines because of the usage of sprouted rice grains. Read here for more information about its production .

Can you call home after a glass (or two) - Yes.

Source : Review NE

9. Kesar Kasturi - Rajasthan

Fiery Rajasthani heritage liquor which made Roger Moore a fan

During the shoot of Octopussey, Roger Moore had the privilege of tasting this scintillating spirit made of saffron and 22 other spices. It was meant for royalty back then but now it is being sold commercially too. Read here for more information .

Can you call home after a glass (or two) - Yes.

Source :

10. Xaj - Assam

The rice beer in which Ahoms are fabled to dip newborns for good luck

Like all rice beers of the North East, the beer of the Ahoms is made by fermenting rice with herbs. It is always served in traditional copper vessels. R ead here for more information about its production and fable .

Can you call home after a glass (or two) - Yes.

Source : Wiki

11. Zawlaidi - Mizoram

Love potion of the Mizos

After the Prohibition on sale of alcohol was lifted (partially), this grape wine hit Tripura with a thunder. R ead here for more information about its production .

Can you call home after a glass (or two) - Maybe not.

Source : Surahmar

12. Toddy - Andhra Pradesh

The intoxicant that the climbers (Gouds) harvest straight from palmyra trees

Toddy is the refreshing drink that the villagers look up to after a tiring day at work. R ead here for more information about its production .

Can you call home after a glass (or two) - Yes.

Source : instagram

13. Kodo ko Jaanr - Sikkim

Hot Sikkimese beer

Finger-millet is used to make this brew. Boiling water is added to Kodo ko Jaanr in a tumbler and then consumed. R ead here for more information about its production .

Can you call home after a glass (or two) - Yes.

Source : Food travel bangalore

14. Kinnauri Ghanti/Chulli - Kinnaur

Apples and apricots combine to make this smooth drink

A well made batch has the texture of cognac. It also has healing properties. R ead here for more information about its production .

Can you call home after a glass (or two) - Yes.

Source : Topyaps

15. Mahua - Maharashtra

Felix Padel rates this local liquor better than scotch!

Mahua flowers are used to prepare this wine. You can treat yourself to some while travelling through Maharashtra. R ead here for more information about its production .

Can you call home after a glass (or two) - Maybe.

Source : Mans world India

16. Sekmai Yu - Manipur

Sip on this local Manipuri ether while walking around Loktak Lake

Manipuri Segmai people make this rice wine through an arduous procedure. R ead here for more information about its production .

Can you call home after a glass (or two) - No.

Source : The Hindu

17. Raksi - Sikkim

Limoo priests consume this concoction before participating in the process of possession of souls

This Sikkimese liquor plays a very important part in marriages. After receiving the eloped couple, the boy's family goes to seek permission of marriage from the girl's family with Raksi. R ead here for more information about its production .

Can you call home after a glass (or two) - No.

Source : Food travel Bangalore

18. Bangla - West Bengal

The intoxicant offered to Goddess Kali

This alcohol can prove to be a little dangerous to consume because of spurious content. So caution is advised. R ead here for more information about its production .

Can you call home after a glass (or two) - No.

Source : Dw de

19. Lugdi - Himachal Pradesh

The rice beer that will keep you warm in Manali

You probably remember this drink from ' Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani '. Try it the next time you are in Manali if you haven't yet! R ead here for more information .

Can you call home after a glass (or two) - Yes.

Source : Instagram

20. Arak - Ladakh

The fiery, much-coveted Ladakhi whisky

Distilled from chhang, this Ladakhi spirit might prove a little difficult to find. But not if you become friends with the locals. R ead here for more information .

Can you call home after a glass (or two) - Yes.

Source : Brad car life

21. Gudamba - Hyderabad

Illicit liquor made with sugarcane in Hyderabad

A local beverage. It is important to exercise caution in procuring it because of the high chances of spurious content. Read more here .

Can you call home after a glass (or two) - No!

Source : CNTV

Do try out these special brews (in moderation though) and appreciate the art of brewing liquers in India.

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