List of Indian drinks
With a climate as varied and extreme as India, the people require a myriad of options to keep their thirst appropriately quenched according to the weather conditions, varying from steaming hot drinks during winters to frosty cold drinks in summers. Different regions in the country serve drinks made with an eclectic assortment of ingredients including local spices, flavors and herbs. Available on the streets, as well as on the menus of posh hotels, these drinks add to the flavorful cuisine of India.
- Aam panna – made from raw mango
- Bael sharbat
- Buransh – made from rhododendron flowers with jelly like consistency, Uttarakhand
- Fruit juice
- Gaajar ka doodh-made from grated carrot and sweetened milk
- Ganne ka ras or sugarcane juice
- Gud-nimbu sharbat – made of lemon and jaggery
- Jigarthanda, Madurai
- Kahwah is common drink in cold regions of Jammu and Kashmir
- Kala Khatta
- Kesar kasturi
- Khus sharbat-made from Vetiver syrup
- Kokum sharbat
- Kulukki sharbat-Shakken Lemonade
- Nannaari (Sarsaparilla) sarbat – lemon-based drink, Tamil Nadu
- Nariyel Pani (Coconut water)
- Nimbu pani (lemonade)
- Ookali – hot drink made by boiling coriander seeds, Western India
- Phalsa sharbat – made from Grewia asiatica
- Pudina sharbat – made from mint
- Ramula – a drink made from sweet potato
- Rooh Afza
- Sakar-loung Pani – made from rock sugar and clove; famous in Gujarat, Rajasthan
- Sattu Pani – famous in North India
- Saunf paani, Gujarat
- Sharbat – drink that has many variants
- Sugandha water
- Tnkaw Toraaṇi - a rice based drink from Odisha
- Ambil or Ambli – prepared by using ragi flour and buttermilk, Maharashtra and Karnataka
- Buttermilk – "lassi" in punjab, chhachh in North India, mor in Tamil, majjiga in Telugu, majjige in Kannada, and taak in Marathi
- Chai with cream – prepared using dry or fresh variants of tea, often has hints of cardamom (elaichi), cinnamon (dalchini) or a mixture of spices, which constitute the special masala chai, taken especially during the cold to keep the winter-related problems at bay.
- Falooda – a cold and sweet drink containing many ingredients, such as rose syrup, vermicelli, basil seeds, tapioca pearls, and pieces of gelatin mixed with kulfi, milk or water
- Haldi doodh or hot turmeric milk
- Lassi – a popular, traditional, yogurt-based drink from India. It is a blend of yogurt, water, spices and sometimes fruit.
- Traditional lassi (a.k.a., "salted lassi", or simply "lassi") is a savoury drink, sometimes flavoured with ground and roasted cumin.
- Sweet lassi, however, contains sugar or fruits, instead of spices.
- Mastaani, Pune
- Sharjah Shake – A sweet, cold beverage made from Milk,Horlicks/other malt powders and njalipoovan.Sometimes,ice cream,cocoa powder or nuts may be added.
- Sambaram – Salted buttermilk made from Cow's Milk spiced with Shallot,Green Chili pepper,Ginger and Curry leaves from Kerala
Tea and coffee
- Indian filter coffee – a sweet milky coffee made from dark roasted coffee beans (70–80%) and chicory (20–30%)
- Instant coffee
- Assam tea
- Temi tea
- Darjeeling tea
- Balma green tea
- Berinag tea
- Black tea
- Green tea
- seven colour tea
- Irani chai
- Kangra tea
- Masala chai
- Noon chai
- Nilgiri tea
- Tulsi tea
- Milk tea
Indian filter coffee served hot and frothy in a traditional tumbler and dabara.
A cup of Darjeeling tea.
Desi daru is India's one of cheapest factory made alcoholic drinks.
- Apo – traditional drink from Arunachal Pradesh made from fermented rice
- Arrack-distilled from a wash of palm Jagger, herbs etc from Kerala
- Bangla – an alcoholic drink made from starch and sold in West Bengal. There are government licensed counters to sell this drink. This is a distilled country liquor.
- Bhang lassi – an intoxicating drink prepared from the leaves and flowers (buds) of the female cannabis plant, consumed as a drink in the Indian subcontinent.
- Bitchi – a drink consumed mostly by Garo tribals
- Bhang thandai
- Chhaang or Tongba – drink from Sikkim made from grain millet
- Chuak – a drink from Tripura made from rice, jackfruit and pineapple
- Desi daru
- Feni – popular in Goa
- Gudamaba – a traditional drink from Hyderabad brewed from sugar cane. It used to be produced from methane and other chemicals until the government banned it.
- Kaid Um – drink in Meghalaya, consumed mostly by Khasi and Jaintia tribes
- Kallu – coconut palm sap from Kerala
- Akani- Palm sap from Tamil Nadu.
- Kodo ko jaanr – also known as chyang, prepared from finger millet
- Laopani – made from fermented rice; popular in Assam
- Lugdi – made from rice, Manali
- Mahua – made from mahua flowers, Central India
- Mandia pej – made from ragi powder and stale water from boiled rice, popular in Odissa
- Manri – made from fermented rice, popular in Mithila
- Sekmai – from the state of Manipur; made from sticky rice.
- Sunda Kanji – made from fermenting rice that is buried in earthen or mud pots covered with cloth, sold in Tamil Nadu, India.
- Thaati Kallu
- Toddy/Tadi/Kallu (palm wine)
- Zawlaidi – popular in Mizoram prepared from rice, millet and maize.
- Zutho – from Nagaland
- Indian beer
- Indian brandy
- Indian-made foreign liquor
- Indian rum
- Indian vodka
- Indian whisky
- Indian wine
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