Buzzed! Best Drinks of 2017

Right on the heels of Best Eats of 2017, we have made a list of the Best Drinks of 2017. We sampled a range of beers, wines, smoothies, fruit juices, coffees, and teas throughout the year; some of these were just classics. We also went through a lot of Moscow Mules, Daquiris, and Micheladas but cocktails wise it was undoubtedly the year of Pisco Sours – we somehow always kept downing them during our Chile trip. Without further ado, here are the top 10, in no particular order:

Moroccan Mint Tea in Tagine Restaurant, Doha

Doha’s cuisine has significant influences from the neighboring Middle-Eastern countries including Morocco, Iraq, and Lebanon. The restaurants in Souq Waqif, Doha serve a lot of tea from different parts of the world. Tagine Restaurant serves the most refreshing hot Moroccan Mint Tea to sip in the cold wintery air of Qatar – so hygge!

Cold Coffee at my favorite hangout in Pune

Whenever I go to Pune, I visit this popular hangout from my undergrad days. I don’t really go there for the food and drink quality, but to sit there with friends and watch the past decade melt away. There was a time when we sat there for hours, drinking cold coffees by the gallon. We sang songs at the top of our voices, completed the dreaded engineering submission there and had a tete-a-tete about our love lives. The cold coffee makes it to this list, solely for nostalgia!

Fresh fruit drinks in Souq Waqif, Qatar

Lonely Planet describes this fresh fruit stall as the best in Souq Waqif, Doha. When Lonely Planet testifies to an eatery’s quality, you had better believe it. We had read about this gem in our guide-book but finding it in the many alleys of the Souq wasn’t easy. When we did – we ordered 6 tall fruit juices over the course of 2 days. These fruit shakes are layered with fresh fruit juices, avocado milkshakes, coconut milk and fresh cream.

Raspberry Soda at Kyani & Co in Mumbai

Raspberry Soda is old colonial Bombay, Raspberry Soda is quintessentially Parsi. Sold solely within the bastions of India’s Irani cafes, raspberry soda is a sweet and tart, fizzy drink manufactured by Pallonji’s, a legendary Parsi soda bottling company.  It is something found only in India, just like the enigmatic Parsi – Irani cuisine.

Pisco Sour overlooking the hills of Valpo

Latin America is where you go when you want the best Pisco Sours. We will always remember this one in Valparaiso when we serendipitously stumbled into this restaurant. We were exploring the hills of Valparaiso for beautiful street art and passed over many appealing restaurants but something drew us into this one. Turns out, it was one of the best in the city and had stunning views. We got a romantic table overlooking the Pacific and had the best Pisco Sours of our lives.

German Draft Beer at Alpine Helen

Alpine Helen is a Bavarian town in the Appalachian Mountains. Visiting Helen is akin to visiting the southern German area of Bavaria – chalet architecture, cobbled streets and German cuisine surround you. We stopped at a restaurant called ‘Old Heidelberg’ and sampled some wursts, pretzels, and sauerkrauts. The German draft beer that we ordered included both pale and dark brews and transported us to Oktoberfest with the large, distinctive beer mugs and malty taste.

Fresh Orange Juice at Hotel Valencia, San Antonio

I am a fan of fresh fruit juices – especially orange juice. I love drinking juice at fresh juice stalls in Asia, Middle East, and Latin America. However, I have not really found a freshly squeezed orange juice that I loved in the United States i.e. till I drank the orange juice served for breakfast at Hotel Valencia, San Antonio. The hotel’s breakfast bar has a commercial orange juicer that acts like a vending machine. I could see the oranges being squeezed and I just had to press the button to get my fresh glass of orange juice. I wish I could have one of these beauties at home.

Coconut Amaretto Coffee, Hanga Roa

As we were exploring the town of Hanga Roa in Isla de Pascua, C & I stumbled upon this cozy little restaurant with red checkered tablecloths serving yummy drinks and snacks. We ate some delicious garlic pesto pasta and then chose to finish our meal with a coconut amaretto coffee with whipped cream. The hot coffee was piping hot and delightful to look at. Totally Instagram worthy!

Red Wine from the vineyards of Casablanca

Casablanca is one of Chile’s top wine producing regions and while in Santiago we had the chance to sample wines from the region. This Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon came highly recommended by our sommelier and was complex, aromatic and paired excellently with our fresh seafood.

Sitaphal (Custard apple) milkshake and Fresh Strawberry Cream at Bachelorr’s, Marine Drive

This famous roadside ice-cream and milkshake parlor is the go-to place in Mumbai for milkshakes, especially if you crave in the middle of the night. Sitting in your car and drinking their icy milkshakes in Mumbai’s balmy air is an exquisite delight. The sitaphal milkshake that we ordered was refreshing with dollops of pureed sitaphal cream while the strawberry one was fantastic. They are also renowned for their chocolate milkshakes.

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I’m Ketki Sharangpani, an Indian living in the United States. I'm a Travel Writer / Blogger & Photographer. 

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