Far before Pepsi, Coke, Starbucks, CCD’s, Baristas, energy drinks and packaged juices took our cities by storm, Indian streets were full of other refreshing drinks. And Delhi is still teeming with these amazing local lip-smacking beverages that you can’t find in other places! Here’s what you should not miss while in Delhi:
Beginning from a small store at local street market Janpath with just two options – hot or cold coffee, Depaul’s has grown to an unimaginable size with multiple stores across Delhi. There are over 10 flavours – from roasted almond to the tongue twister coffee toffee caramel coffee. And these drinks come in pocket friendly prices from Rs. 40-70 – this place is a definite go-to. They’re also available at the Select Citywalk, Saket Mall & GK M Block market.
The only thing more amazing than these real milkshakes full of goodness are the bottles they are served in. Remnant of an era past, these containers take me right back to Tom & Jerry cartoons where milk was always supplied in chilled clear glass bottles. Don’t forget to try Butterscotch when you’re here! All this deliciousness is yours for a meagre Rs. 50/-
We have our own soda, yo! And it’s called “Banta.” Soda water is stored in a peculiarly shaped bottle and sealed with a marble on top. You open it by pushing down on the marble with your finger and wait for that satisfying POP. Lemon, sugar, salt or jaljeera powder is added according to taste for a refreshing drink. Available across vendors on various streets for Rs. 30/-
Good ol’ jaljeera stored in earthen pots is kept cool by covering it with a wet cloth and decorated on top with bunches of fresh fragrant mint! While jaljeera is not limited to Delhi, the way it is presented and served here is beyond awesome.
We may not have a coast, hill or even great monsoon to boast of, but we do have Big Chill shakes and trust me, they are every bit worth it! Thick, delicious and chilled – these shakes are full of flavour and are perfect for dates. On the slightly expensive side at about Rs. 300 a glass, they might not be your everyday treat, but the variety, flavours, décor at Big Chill Cafe and pastas that are also available here make it a must-have experience.
Another road side favourite, Bel ka Sharbat is made from a fruit – Wood Apple – so called because of its exterior that looks like a wooden ball. Broken by hitting on a hard surface, the pulp is then added to a grinder with a little water. You may also opt to sugar this squash. It keeps you refreshed and is known to boost immunity. All the awesomeness only for Rs. 20! Now this, cannot be beat.
Which ones of these have you tried?