Sikkimese love to drink! And it’s no surprise that the quaint little Himalayan state is home to some of the biggest names in the distillery world. We sat down with some locals to learn of “the best drinks to try in Sikkim,” both alcoholic and non-alcoholic. Here’s a list of the ones you must get a taste of.
9 LOCAL DRINKS TO TRY BEFORE YOU LEAVE SIKKIM
The ultimate gruit beer of Sikkim called “jaand,’ otherwise known as tongba (although tongba is the name of the vessel it comes in), is a fermented millet-based alcoholic beverage. The way this drink is served may surprise you: it is served piping hot in a brass bowl or bamboo mug called “tongba” along with a perforated wooden straw. You can keep topping it with hot water as you drink till it loses its flavor and effect.