21 Best Drinks To Try On Holi

Looking for the best drinks to have this Holi?

Holi is a widely popular festival around the world. The ‘Festival of Colours’ celebrates new beginnings, joy, and laughter. Holi is all about revelling in the arrival of spring, mending relationships, playing together with vibrant colours, and most importantly indulging in some mouth-watering food and drinks! Indulge in the best Holi drinks. 

In recent years, the ‘festival of colour’ has spread to parts of Europe and North America as well.

Gourmet Artisan Lifestyle

The Gourmet artisan lifestyle is already gaining popularity and the inclusion of gourmet food and drinks during the festive seasons brings in creativity, inclusivity, and a variety for both producers and consumers.

Holi is around the corner. Now, given the circumstances, if you are worried about how you can make this Holi special? Well, worry no more. 

This Holi we bring you 21 gourmet drinks you must try this festive season and also 3 specially curated Holi hamper gift boxes for you to gift your loved ones. 

These 21 drinks have been separated into 3 categories for your preference.

  • Traditional Holi Drinks
  • Mocktails (Non-Alcoholic)
  • Cocktails (Alcoholic)

Traditional Holi Drinks  

1. Thandai

If there is one thing in the world that people collectively agree on is this – 

‘’Holi is incomplete without Thandai’’

Thandai is a refreshing drink that has to be served during the festival of Holi. Traditionally, it is prepared using a mixture of rose petals or rose water, watermelon kernels, almonds, fennel seeds, poppy seeds, cardamom, saffron, and milk. It is usually served cold (Thanda) thus the name “Thandai”. 

With several variations over the years, such as Rose Thandai, Almond Milk Thandai, and of course the ‘Bhang’ Thandai, this artisan drink should be your #1 choice this Holi. And every other Holi as well. 

The Gustus Market ‘Holi Gift Hamper’ includes a delicious, premium gourmet and artisanal Thandai. Check the Gourmet Gift Hampers here.

thandai drink with rose petals garnish

2. Iced Jaljeera 

In the scorching heat, if you are looking for those chilled, sour, and ‘sharp biting’ flavours, Iced Jaljeera (Cumin water) will fulfil that craving of yours.

This artisan drink is prepared with mint leaves, with that ‘sharp’ tamarind pulp, sweet jaggery, and numerous rich spices such as Garam Masala, chilli powder, and gourmet flavoured ginger salt along with a hint of lemon juice. Just put all the ingredients in a blender and let it chill overnight.

Give this easy-to-make artisan drink a go and surprise your friends and family with deliciousness.

green jaljeera in a transparent glass with mint leaves garnish

3. Mint Lassi 

‘Lassi’ is one drink that fits all festivals. It happens to be one of the most refreshing artisan drinks to consume during the festival of Holi. Mint Lassi is prepared using just 5 easily available ingredients: curd, dried mint, ground cumin, sugar, and ice cubes. 

mint lassi drink in a transparent glass with two purple straws with mint leave garnish

4. Sharbat 

If you’re looking for a drink that adds a refreshingly new taste to your palate, try the Gourmet Kokum Sharbat. Kokum (Garcinia Indica) is packed with vitamins such as Vitamin A, B3, C and contains rich minerals like calcium, iron, potassium, and zinc. This gourmet artisan drink is sure to surprise you as it is not only healthy but also a whole lot of yum. 

Check out our variety of ‘Gourmet and Artisanal Holi Gift Hampers’ which each consists of a special Gulabs kokum Sharbat and other exciting goodies! 

This Holi, surprise your family and friends with something truly unique.

red sharbat drink in two transparent bottles and an open glass with ice

5. Aam Panna 

With Holi around the corner, it also means that for all you Mango (AAM) lovers, Mango season is here. This delicious drink is a perfect fusion of sweet and tangy flavours.

This summer cooler artisanal drink is prepared using unripe green mangoes (sour) with hints of cardamom, black salt, and cumin. 

6 aam Panna drink glasses on an outdoor dining table

6. Benares Masala Chai

Tired of the same old regular drinks? Try the signature gourmet blend of Organic Assam Black Tea with spices such as cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, and cloves is sure to be a regular for you. The bold organic flavours will transport you straight to the enchanting streets of Benares. 

Check out our exclusive Holi Gourmet Gift Hampers for more details here.

Cup of black tea in a wooden tray with a book on the bed

7. Kesar Milk

‘The ultimate traditional drink’. You must have heard of innumerable benefits of ‘Haldi Doodh’ (turmeric milk) from your mother or grandmother, but ‘Kesar Doodh’ is no far behind. This yummy artisanal drink is prepared with Kesar (saffron), cardamom, almonds along with pistachios, and of course milk.

After binge eating the delicious Holi Gourmet food, Kesar Milk will give your tummy some much-needed relief. Yes, do not compromise on ‘eating’ when you have drinks like Kesar Milk to keep your tummy healthy.

Kesar Milk drink with Kesar garnish

Now let’s have a look at a variety of trendy, gourmet, non-alcoholic drinks – ‘Mocktails’

A ‘mocktail’ is a non-alcoholic sister of a ‘cocktail’. Try these trendy Holi special Mocktails with your friends and family. 

Holi Mocktails 

8. Punch Mocktail

This Holi, try out this exotic non-alcoholic drink which is sure to please your guests and family members. The punch is prepared using 4 tablespoons of rose syrup, about one-third cup of either fresh or ready-made orange juice, pineapple juice, guava juice, and grape juice.

For the sparkling flavour add soda. Make sure the punch is chilled to truly enjoy the experience. 

Red punch mocktail in a transparent glass with a black straw and orange slice with crushed ice

9. Virgin Mint Cucumber Mojito 

Feel like having a refreshing minty Mocktail right at your home? Well, look no further as this easy-to-make Virgin Mojito will be your go-to drink during your Holi celebrations.

The mocktail is prepared using mint leaves (Pudhina), cucumber slices, salt, and lemon slices. The cucumber with lemon and mint creates a refreshing flavour and if you top it off with soda and crushed ice, voila! Perfect Holi Mocktail.

Virgin mojito mocktail in a transparent glass with lemons and mint leave garnish

10. Summer Berry Cooler 

This bright and vibrant coloured mocktail is exciting, delicious and it would be loved by all. Prepared with rich, bright red fruits such as strawberries and raspberries along with apple juice and some lemonade, this drink is just right for the festival of Holi.

Light red mocktail in a transparent glass with ice and mint leave garnish

11. Grape Margarita 

Grape Margarita is yet another vibrant, colourful, festive non-alcoholic drink to try this Holi. The flavours of black grapes mixed with lemon juice and crushed strawberry offer a dynamic drink that will win your heart. Serve it with salt-rimmed glass and voila!

Red margarita mocktail with salt-rimmed glass and a lemon slice

12. Pink Lemonade

This gourmet-style non-alcoholic drink offers the perfect blend of flavours. Prepared with rose syrup, mint leaves (pudhina), lemon juice, and chilled soda, this drink would also work well with your Holi food snacks. 

Pink lemonade mocktail in a transparent jar with lemon squeezing

13. Citrus Strawberry Mocktail 

After a long day, this light and extremely refreshing mocktail are sure to make you feel relaxed. Prepared with the fusion of strawberry and orange juice, this drink will blow your mind!

All you need is orange juice (with no pulp), strawberries, soda/sparkling water, lemon juice, and crushed ice. Mix all these ingredients and enjoy your Holi Evening!

Red mocktail pouring with ice in a transparent glass

14. Beach Tropicana

Do you fantasize about being near the beach during the summers? Do you love ‘Ice-slushy’ mocktails? and, do you love fruits? If you answered yes, then brace yourself, this drink can be addictive for you this Holi.

This vibrant yellow-looking summer afternoon drink with beach vibes is sure to be a treat for your taste buds. Beach Tropicana is an Ice-Slush Mocktail made with banana, pineapple, and mango juices. Add fresh mango and pineapple juice along with banana slices in a blender. Add water and crushed ice cubes and garnish with mint leaves. 

bright yellow mocktail with ice and sliced mango on the side

“It’s 4:58 on Friday afternoon. Do you know where your margarita is?” Amy Neftzger (Author)

As much as we love our alcohol at Gustus Market India, we only encourage ‘responsible drinking’. So this Holi, if you’re going to indulge in some delicious Cocktails, be sure to enjoy abundantly yet drink responsibly.

All right, It is the cocktail time!

Holi Cocktails

15. Spiced Strawberry Mojito

A Gustus Market special cocktail is the perfect way to win over your guests this Holi. If you’re hosting a dinner for your friends or spending the night with your family, this gourmet-style cocktail is sure to bring in the good times.

It is prepared with ingredients which include strawberries, fresh lime juice, fresh mint, with a hint of black pepper and Chaat Masala, soda water, and the golden ingredient ‘white rum’. 

A glass of spiced strawberry mojito garnished with a fresh strawberry

16. Gulab Thandai 

Yes, the ‘mighty’ Thandai is back again with an alcoholic twist! This Holi Special Gulab (rose) Thandai cocktail needs tequila, rose syrup, few chopped almonds, a hint of garam masala, milk (yes, trust us), and a little bit of honey.

Put all the ingredients in the blender along with some ice and there you have it! Your Holi special, gourmet-styled, traditional Thandai with an alcoholic surprise.

Gulab thandai served in two traditional bronze glasses

17. Liquid Kesari

All you need for this winning cocktail are 4 ingredients. 

  • White rum
  • Lime juice
  • Cranberry juice
  • Kesar Syrup

And you have yourself a drink that you’ll keep coming back to. Yes, even after Holi. (Note: Pour it in a shot glass!)

2 glasses of liquid kesari kept on a wooden tray

18. Love Dose Cocktail 

After a long day, are you looking for a fun evening with your friends or your loved one? The Love Dose Cocktail is our pick. This refreshing watermelon-based drink is sure to impress your loved one. Prepare this drink with vodka, cubes of cut watermelon, sugar syrup, lime, and Ice. Garnish it with watermelon slices and cucumber slices.

We suggest, if you forgot to buy your partner an exciting festive gift hamper, offer this drink with one of our Holi specials, Gourmet Gift Hamper to win over your loved one.

2 glasses of love dose cocktail kept besides a wooden tray with slices of lemon

19. Hot Toddy Cocktail 

Bored with having only cold drinks? As the name suggests, this drink is going to be warm. A Gustus Market version of the Hot Toddy includes whiskey, lemon juice, honey, hot water, Earl Grey teabag or Darjeeling teabag and lemon for garnish. This warm cocktail can be enjoyed with every sip. 

You can purchase our Earl Grey Tea and Darjeeling Tea from our Karma Kettle Signature Selection Gift Box!

A glass of hot toddy cocktail kept on a wooden table

20. Rang Rasia 

This Dark Rum infused cocktail would go extremely well with your Holi celebrations. All you need is dark rum, orange juice, pineapple juice, and whipped cream

A glass of rang rasia served on a bronze tray

21. Daiquiris 

Daiquiri is a classic cocktail that makes for a perfect drink on a summer afternoon. If you are one of those who prefer to keep the Holi celebrations a little private and intimate yet still want it to be fun?

Daiquiris should be your choice. It is an easy recipe with only 4 basic ingredients, rum, lime, sugar and strawberries. Put all the ingredients in a blender with ice cubes and enjoy the afternoon!

red cocktail with blue and white striped straw with a strawberry on the side

Well, there you have it. 21 gourmet drinks for you to try this festive season. Try out these gourmet artisan drinks and surprise your loved ones with our specially curated Holi Gift hampers. 

Have a great time with your friends and family, celebrate and drink responsibly and yes, don’t forget to share these recipes with your loved ones. 

Happy Holi from Gustus Market India.

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