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

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.

chhang

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!

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3. 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!!

feni

4. 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. Read here for more information about its production and fable.

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

xaj

5. 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. Read here for more information about its production.

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

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6. 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! Read here for more information.

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

lugdi

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!

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