Feni made from the ripe fruit of the cashew which falls off the tree, truly encapsulates the spirit and pride of Goa. Endowed with a distinct pungent aroma, this local brew, is indeed an acquired taste. So if you prefer not to drink just feni in its pure form, opt for the unique cocktails that bartenders in Goa are now creating with feni, as the base. Sip a feni cocktail and bite into Rawa Fried Prawns, as you relax on a beach in Goa.
Coco Bongo at Alila Diwa Goa, Majorda
Cazulo coconut feni, coconut water, coconut sap and fresh cream, are astutely combined to create a heady, but refreshing drink at Alila Diwa Goa. Enjoy this appealing concoction as you rewind and soak the sights of Goa.
Patrao’s Coffee, W Goa, Vagator
A blend of coffee and the local Goan Feni that gives you the additional caffeine to pump up your evenings with a Goan twist is what this is alluring drink is all about. Cashew feni-based Patrao’s coffee contains espresso, brown sugar, simple syrup and whipped cream, garnished with cinnamon sticks and shaved dark chocolate.
This tangy and tart, but potent cocktail with cashew feni as the base, will enchant your senses upon the first sip. Pair it with the fiery South Indian food here and you have a winner at hand.
Goa with love, Viva Panjim, Panjim
This delectable and creamy drink is a delight and the dash of tartness owing to the addition of feni makes this truly unique. There can be no better way to experience Goa than with a glass of this in hand.
Food critic, features writer and columnist, Mini Ribeiro is a qualified Journalist, from IIMC New Delhi. She specialises in the Food & Beverage and Hospitality space. As an established food & beverage writer, Mini currently contributes to several leading English publications across the country – Asian Age, Hindustan Times, Sunday Financial Express, Hotelier India, Go Getter and Vistara inflight magazines and Rediff.com. She also has her own You Tube channel called Mini’s Food Fundas. Fond of cooking, Mini enjoys experimenting in the kitchen with various cuisines, with Indian regional food, being her favourite. She has recently started, a platform for home talent, called 'Flavours from Home', an initiative which aims to make women who are passionate about cooking, entrepreneurs.
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