>> Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Don't we sometime wonder of carrying a glass of refreshing drink and potshot the silence of our hey day. Goa in India is popular for the production of Feni. The state has been producing this exotic drink for the past four centuries, since the time of Portugal colony. It is one such drink which makes people carouse during their holiday here. The drink is also spelled as Fenny and comes up in two types: Cashew Feni and Coconut Feni. Cashew Feni is made by fermenting the fruit of the Cashew tree, while Coconut Feni is made from the squeezed products of Toddy plants.
Goa Feni Preparation
The preparation of the most preferred Cashew Feni demands great efforts. Cashew Apples are first crushed manually in a rock like basin. The juices are collected on the clay pot during the crushing procedure and are buried dip inside the ground until full fermentation takes place. During fermentation, a certain percentage of the juice results into alcohol. This juice is then collected and distilled in copper pots.
The distilled alcohol turned juice is then heated and the vapors are collected in a cooling condenser. The process is carried out for three times and the ultimate products is Urak. The treated drinks is of meager strength and party hoppers usually take it as a soft drink. The next distillation stage offers Cazulo, which comparatively stronger than Urak and is least popular in the tourist drinking bar. After repeated treatment, the final output is the powerful and highly intoxicating Feni. Coconut Feni is also prepared in the similar way via fermentation of coconut toddy.
Popular Brands of Goa Feni
Feni has its own unique taste and bouquet. Its quality can be determined easily by its aroma. The distilled drink, when pours out in a glass, attracts the alcoholic from far end of the place. Kazkars are traditional manufactures of Feni in Goa. A few good brands of Cashew Feni are Fidalgo Deluxe, Big Boss, Cajulana and Swadeshi, while the most favorable brand of Coconut Feni are Old Barrel, PVV and Coco Feni. Cashew Feni usually comes in an attractive bottle, which can be carried back home and used as a souviner.
Therefore, while on a visit to the beach state in India, make sure that you have a a sip of this aromatic drink.