Goa is home to a wide variety of distilled spirits, including artisanal gins, experimental fenis, spiced rums, wine, and even tequila, all thanks to the tax regulations and the state's plentiful resources. If you can’t make a trip yourself, ask a friend travelling to Goa to grab a bottle or two for these Goan beverage brands are not to be missed!
Terry Sent Me! (GIN)
With ingredients like Gondhoraj lime and orange peel, this gin is citrus-forward and was inspired by the speakeasy culture from the bars of the 1920s. It tastes best with ice cubes and even in the form of a classic G&T.
Price: INR 850 for 750ml
This London dry gin is crafted with hemp seeds sourced from Uttarakhand and has earthy undertones balanced with botanicals like fennel, black pepper, and lemongrass. Savour it as is, on the rocks or in the form of a cocktail.
Price: INR 1650 for 750ml
Seqér Gin (GIN)
With its blue packaging, which resembles the Goan sky and sea, and its usage of cashew nut as its main ingredient, Seqér represents Goa in a bottle. Rosemary, cinnamon, and nutmeg are other botanicals added to the cashew gin and it can be sipped with tonic and soda or ginger ale for a sweet touch.
Price: INR 1350 for 750ml
Malhar Indian Craft Gin (GIN)
Malhar is a recent addition from renowned whiskey maker Paul John Distillery and it pays homage to a raga coupled with the monsoon. The craft gin is available in two variations: The Malhar Classic Dry Gin which offers delicate floral notes and The Malhar Citrus which is slightly heady.
Price: INR 3,075 for 750ml and INR 205 for 50ml
Matinee Gin (GIN)
Matinee uses unusual botanicals like snake saffron, white turmeric, and Goan peppercorn that make the gin stand out! The bottle has colourful packaging with a fun font that's eye-catching and appealing.
Price: INR 1490 for 750ml
Vinho Fontainhas (WINE)
Vinho, Goa's first premium port wine is named after the lovely Fountainhas alleys, which are also depicted on the label. The port wine is best consumed as a Sangria and is made from Isabella grapes grown in Sangli, Maharashtra.
Price: INR 250 for 350ml
Maya Pistola Agavepura (Tequila)
The tequila is made from 100% agave and emits notes of cocoa, butterscotch and caramel balanced with black pepper. You could choose to sip it on the rocks with a dash of chilled water and chilli salt or make a simple Margarita
Price: INR 2,695 for 750ml
This homegrown craft spirit brand is known for its agave spirits and also offers interesting liqueurs like the orange and pure cane. However, it’s the DJ Mahua liqueur, a take on Central India’s tribal spirit enhanced with honey and spice undertones, that you must try if you’re looking for that something different.
Price: INR 875 for 750ml of 51% Agave; INR 975 for 750ml of Mahua
Goa is synonymous with this coconut drink, a concoction of white rum and coconut liqueur best consumed in the form of a Pina Colada. If you want to get experimental, you could spin a few simple cocktails.
Price: INR 825 for 750ml
Earth Rum (RUM)
This spiced rum has a chocolatey finish and top notes of cloves, cinnamon, and a hint of star anise. Relish it straight up or with a splash of soda. Using biodegradable materials in place of plastic packaging, the brand also aligns with sustainability goals.
Price: INR 1,350 for 750ml
Aani Ek Feni Fusions (FENI)
Aani Ek Feni, which translates to "one more" in Konkani, is primarily made of cashew apple and is offered in three intriguing infusions. Choose the chilli variant for something hot, limon for something zesty, and the honey-cinnamon for something mild.
Price: INR 750 for 750ml
Cazulo Feni (FENI)
This handcrafted premium feni comes in two variants, one with a cashew base and the other with coconut. Visit the farm, take a tour of the distillery, and indulge in a one-of-a-kind experience while sipping Cazulo Feni at a secluded table set up amid a freshwater stream.
Price: 2500 per person
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All Images sourced from Instagram handles of the respective brands.
All Prices mentiones are in GOA and are subject to change.