6 Popular Feni Cocktails You Must Try On Your Goa Trip
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Goa, apart from its serene beaches, is also famous for its wide variety of local alcohol that has never disappointed any alcohol enthusiast. Feni is a traditional drink of Goa that is made from distilled cashew apples or coconut sap. There are primarily two kinds of feni: cashew feni and coconut feni. Both are equally delicious and have a distinct aroma and taste that differs them from any other spirits. The production of feni is very much rooted in the Goan heritage, and the techniques have been passed through for generations, maintaining its tradition and authenticity.

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Feni is not just a drink; it is an experience that reflects the essence of Goa. Its robust flavour, fruity undertones, and high alcohol content make it a favourite among locals and tourists alike. When visiting Goa, indulging in Feni cocktails is a must to fully appreciate this unique spirit. Bartenders in Goa have mastered the art of creating innovative and refreshing cocktails that highlight the distinct characteristics of Feni.

Coco Bongo

Coco Bongo is a popular Feni cocktail that delights with its tropical flavours. The drink combines Goan cashew Feni with creamy coconut milk and fresh pineapple juice. To make it, mix 60ml of Feni with 120ml of coconut milk and 60ml of pineapple juice in a shaker. Add ice and shake vigorously until well-chilled. Strain the mixture into a glass filled with ice cubes. Garnish with a pineapple slice and a mint sprig. 

Patrao’s Coffee

To make this enticing drink, mix 45 ml of cashew feni with a shot of strong espresso, a dash of coffee liqueur, and a hint of vanilla syrup. Shake the ingredients with ice and strain them into a chilled glass. The result is a smooth, aromatic cocktail with the earthy undertones of feni perfectly balanced by the robust coffee flavours, creating a delightful experience for cocktail enthusiasts seeking a unique twist.

Tambdé Rosa

The drink blends the unique cashew or coconut-based Feni with brindao or kokum extract, adding a sweet and tangy dimension. Fresh lime juice enhances its zesty profile; you can also add a splash of soda water to add a fizzy finish. To make Tambdé Rosa, combine Feni, brindao, and lime juice in a shaker with ice. Shake well, strain into a glass, and garnish with a lime wedge and fresh mint for a vibrant, aromatic cocktail.

Cazulo Capitao

This cocktail features cashew Feni, a traditional Goan spirit, mixed with tangy lime juice, fresh mint leaves, and a hint of sugar. The combination creates a vibrant, citrusy profile with a subtle sweetness, perfectly balancing the boldness of Feni. To make it, muddle the mint and sugar, add lime juice, and pour in the Feni. Shake well with ice and strain into a chilled glass, garnishing with a mint sprig for a refreshing finish.

Firefly Fire

Its key ingredients include cashew Feni, lime juice, simple syrup, and a dash of Angostura bitters for complexity. The cocktail is known for its smooth yet potent profile, blending the earthy notes of Feni with the bright, citrusy tang of lime and the subtle sweetness of the syrup. To make, shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled glass. Garnish with a lime wheel for a refreshing, tropical-inspired drink that captures the essence of Goa.

Feni Colada

A goan twist to the traditional pina colada with the heritage drink of Goa, Feni. To create this tropical delight, blend feni with creamy coconut milk and fresh pineapple juice. Add a splash of lime juice for a zesty twist, and sweeten with a hint of simple syrup. The result is a creamy, fruity concoction with a distinct cashew or coconut undertone from the feni. Serve it over ice, garnished with a pineapple slice and a maraschino cherry, offering a refreshing and exotic escape in every sip.