If you thought our cuisine was diverse, then you'll be as surprised with ouR drinking habits.Whether we ‘put one small’ or grab a tall, be rest assured that Indian drinking habits are just as curious as cuisine fixations.
That’s why you’ll find that fellow who drinks two beers everyday with one plate of peanut masala with half a lime sprinkled on top, or the other macchi who insists on having her 60 of Rum and Coke, with some pickle for ‘touchings.’
Celebrating the delightfully unique drinking culture of the south, are our quirky TPR Cocktails. It’s everything traditional, but with a twist.
This time, the Guntur Liquid Chutney.
Andhra cuisine is famously known to be spicy. There is much pride taken in the spice consuming abilities of the people of this land.
Apparently the youth have a coming-of-age ritual where they have a spice-off challenge to see who can endure gustatory hell before someone either begins to weep or permanently becomes a shade of red.
(We might be making this fact up, but you never know.)
We present one of the most recognised ingredients of said region’s cuisine, in cocktail form.
The legendary chilli we speak of is the Guntur Sannam or S4. (It already sounds badass, doesn’t it?)
This chilli’s rather fiery fame isn’t just restricted to Andra Pradesh though—it actually makes up 30% of India’s chilli export, so the international demand for it is pretty high.
People have been known to cry themselves senseless while consuming anything made from this little ingredient (questionable fact #2), but it’s all worth it we're told. Don’t worry though. Our cocktail only produces tears of the joyous kind.*
(* subject to relationship status at the time.)
That’s mainly because we mix it up with a bunch of lovely ingredients which perfectly offset the spice, while retaining the right amount of edginess.
What might those ingredients be?
Well, mango juice, vanilla syrup and vodka. And it all looks rather gorgeous too.
Since it’s a universally held opinion that mangoes make everything better, and vanilla syrup helps make cake which also make everything better, and also vodka is alcohol which is fantastic, a classic Andhra ingredient like the Guntur chilli added to that mix just couldn’t go wrong.
I mean, the land is one of our primary sources of biryani, you guys. We just submit willingly to anything that comes from there for that reason alone.
But opinions and questionable facts aside, it’s definitely a fun drink to try and easily one of our most colourful ones. You will also feel colourful after drinking it.
Put chutneyyyy, we say!
Our Bartender Says:
“The beauty of the Guntur Liquid Chutney is that while it contains such a distinct Indian ingredient, it has all the makings of a proper international cocktail. Everything is balanced just right, the sweet of the mango juice and syrup offsetting the chilli beautifully. And it looks great too.
That’s why, even people who aren’t huge fans of Vodka, end up trying and being pleasantly surprised by this cocktail.”