India has a variety of traditional beverages to offer which are as popular as the cuisine. Ranging from hot to cold, tangy to sweet the options are plenty! Tastefully created, most of these beverages have medicinal values and the recipes are deep rooted. Some of the beverages are specific to particular regions and their origin has been influenced by the culture of the region. Give your guests a true taste of Indian culture by including some of these beverages on your Indian wedding menu!
Tea known as Chai is the most common hot beverage in India. We think it is a must have on your menu. If you have planned breakfast as a part of your meals, nothing can beat a glass of hot piping masala tea served in a kulad (earthenware pot) to go with it.
Depending on your menu and cuisine you can choose from an array of options. Like for example, if you have a south Indian themed breakfast, filter coffee would be a perfect accompaniment. Chais are also popular for high teas. Chai can be served with nankatais, khari biscuits and some street side food is quite popular for an Indian themed high tea.
Some Indian beverages make very good welcome drinks especially if you have a traditional Indian wedding with an Indian menu spread. Nimbu Pani is an all time favourite among Indians.
It’s perfect to cool your guests down after all the dancing in the baraat. Jal jeera is also a good option in case you have a summer wedding for a very traditional welcome.
In case you have a summer wedding, lassi, buttermilk or thandai would be good accompaniments to your main course. On the other hand, Badam or Kesar milk would be apt for a winter wedding.
Indian sherbets are a hit at weddings! If you have an all day brunch party sherbets are totally recommended. Some of the popular flavours are Rose, Kalakhatta, Orange and Kacchi Kairi. Setting up a stall for Indian fruit juices such as Aam Paana, Kokum Sherbet or tender coconut is also a great idea.
You can have a speciality tea counter with Indian variants such as ginger, lemon, mint, masala tea, honey flavoured green tea. Add some Kashmiri touch by including Kahwa on the list!