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, just as much as the cocktails, are our quirky TPR Mocktails. It’s everything traditionally popular, but with a twist.
This time, the very smooth, the very sexy, Silk Smitha.
This mocktail is our taro flavoured fully fun drink and has a really smooth and creamy texture.
And that silky smoothness is precisely why we call it the Silk Smitha.
But first, one nice historical fact: For those who’re wondering, Silk Smitha was an actress in South-Indian cinema and known for portraying roles of rather raw eroticism.
Her actual name was Vijayalakshmi Vadlapati, but the ‘Silk’ caught on after she played a role with the same name in the Tamil movie Vandichakkaram.
And while her particular brand of cinema might not have been for everyone, her legacy as one of the original sex symbols of South-Indian cinema is undeniable.
Just like our mocktail. (The undeniable legacy part, not the sex symbol bit.)
But it doesn’t stop there. Remember we said the drink was fun?
Well, that’s because it contains another special ingredient. This unique concoction also has coconut jelly in it, bringing some strong South Indian feels with every big-straw-sip. (Because nothing brings in a southern connection like coconut does, right?!)
The inspiration for the Silk Smitha comes primarily from bubble tea. For the uninitiated, Bubble tea originated from Taiwan—a cold tea based drink (with or without milk) with chewables (classically tapioca pearls). Our Silk Smitha however does not have any tea, but it is constructed using the bubble tea concept, with the coconut jelly taking the place of the classic tapioca pearls.
One More Nice Historical Fact: The name ‘Bubble Tea’ doesn't actually refer to the Tapioca Pearls at the bottom. Psych!!!
Instead, it refers to the tasty bubbly-foam at the top of the tea which is created when shaken. And also, just to add to your bubble tea bragging skills, another name for ‘Bubble Tea’ is ‘Boba’ Tea. (Now say that as fast as you can. Go!)
Our Bartender Says
“The Silk Smitha is a blend of a classic Taiwanese refresher, with one of the most easily identifiable flavours of the south. Perfect for a fun mocktail.
The creamy texture lends for an almost shake-like feel, while the subtle flavours create just the right balance.
And it’s always fun to try and get all the pearls, or in this case the coconut jelly, through the straw. I get to see some rather hilarious attempts."