Feni Business

By mahir | February 18, 2011

Spirits By Roshni Bajaj Sanghvi

As the Indian winter ends, beach town Goa beckons. The heat is just coming into the peninsula and a beach begs for bumming around. While most beach bums in Goa will have beer, I like to have something more local – feni. Read More


Have Anise Day

By mahir | February 4, 2011

By Roshni Bajaj Sanghvi

The French drank 300,000 liters of absinthe, the anise-flavored liqueur, in 1874. By 1910, they were chugging 36 million liters of The Green Fairy (as the drink was called) every year. The painter Van Gogh and the poet Rimbaud were among absinthe’s loyal fans. Read More


Starry Spirits

By mahir | January 28, 2011

By Roshni Bajaj Sanghvi

Culture would not be the same without the cocktail. James Bond would hardly be sexy if he downed OJ. Mad Men showed us that real media men did not drink milk at meetings. And the Sex and The City girls did not match couture with Read More


Cold days ask for warm drinks

By mahir | January 21, 2011

By Roshni Bajaj Sanghvi

For me, January is the cruelest month. When winter first descends there is cheer with the festive season and powdery snow. By the middle of January, I long for warmer longer days of spring. Read More


Wine That Moves You To Tears

By mahir | January 14, 2011

By Roshni Bajaj Sanghvi

“If you taste this wine and don’t buy it, you will cry,” the vintner said. It was my first trip to Napa Valley, my friend and I had been tasting wine all afternoon.  But, we were spitting, not sipping, since the only way to get around Napa was to drive. So we were not about to fall for this emotional hard-sell. Two Dutchmen in dungarees and cowboy hats were robbing us blind in a dilapidated shack. After the fancy chairlifts above acres of vineyards, cellar tours and free samples of the day, the Van der Heyden brothers dared to charge $10 for a few drops of four of their wines. It was our last stop, we had already bought enough wine to fill a case from our trip up the Silverado trail. We almost turned away. And then decided, oh well, it was the last stop after all. Let’s just get a taste. Read More


Boozy In Bali

By mahir | January 7, 2011

By Roshni Bajaj Sanghvi

We were lost. In was a pitch-black paddy field criss-crossed with canals. The rice paddies didn’t have any artificial light after the sun set. A Balinese farmer was gesticulating wildly at us. How did we get here? Read More


Old Monk Rum

By mahir | December 31, 2010

By Roshni Bajaj Sanghvi

The third-largest selling rum in the world has never been advertised. Its biggest advertisers are its fans who each have opinions as potent as the alcohol content in the squat, textured bottle.

Old-time drinkers will insist it has notes of vanilla and chocolate. They will be shot down by others who find toffee, nutmeg and pepper. I have seen online reviews that gush about its flavors of maple, brown butter, oak, dried herbs and leather. The only thing everyone seems to agree on, really, is that it is delicious. Read More


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