Yes I love to drink. Love to drink everything which does not contain alcohol!
A Drunkard is a person who is habitually drunk and one can be absolutely drunk and not High. We really need to make a clear demarcation there. In all of my life, I have consumed and still In a bid to consume the most amazing drinks that can make me Happy High.
“Your Beers are my Iced Teas” and what your shot of tequila may not do to you, my cup of hot chocolate does to me!
I get it when people ask, “Do you smoke?” because that’s a personal choice that many make and there can be a Yes/No answer to that. What pushes me off is when people ask,” Do you Drink?” I need some explanation from the said lady or gentleman on how they want me to answer that! How can you not drink and be Alive? The association of the word “Drinks” with “Alcohol” needs to stop. Stop Soon.
I visit all these amazing places in the city that are infamous for their “brewery”, “Cocktails” ,“Happy hours” and “BOGO Offers”. The common question that people have is why I bother wasting my time here when I could easily opt for a sobered down café or a fine dine restaurant. I visit these places for all reasons that they may not be famous for. What people sometimes miss out is that some of these places serve a unique range of mocktails and other non alcoholic drinks too. And that’s what I’m always searching for!
I’m an instinctive lover of “Cold” rather than the “Hot Stuff”. Before, anyone begins to judge my sexual preferences; I hereby clarify being a victim of pagophagia. I have been picked on by my friends for eating the leftover Ice, at the bottom of my frappuccino. I would trade my glass of mojito for that morning cup of tea that people need to keep them going. The Ice and The Cold Contents of that glass give the momentum to this drunkard’s life.
Lately, I have felt the urge to share my preferred list of addictions in the city for the likes of me or those who can relate to my thoughts. A mind wrecking few minutes and I zero down on few of my favorite spots in Pune serving my favorite drinks. So Here It Goes. Hope you enjoy reading.
Lemon Iced Tea
Where – Polka Dots, Aundh
Damage – ₹ 265 (Pitcher)
My love for ice tea dates back several years. it’s pretty much the safest bet that can hardly go wrong. I’ve tried a lot of flavors too but Lemon Ice Tea dominates my senses in all respects. I quite evidently remember the day when the lust for trying out new flavors of Iced Tea led me to order the Long Island Iced Tea. That was a funny experience and a learning lesson, got my Mocktail-Cocktail basics straight thereon! Talking about Polka dots and not exaggerating about the quality of Ice Tea here, but I can actually empty this pitcher over a long afternoon lunch. It’s refreshing with every sip and I feel the addiction over these years.
Where – Pune Baking Company, JW Marriott
Damage – ₹ 195
The PBC Frappe spells love. Unbeatable taste and obviously so, because they blend rich ice cream into your Frappe. Its a concoction of rich creamy coffee served in their signature mug. A lot of famous international brands in the city are serving their range of cold coffees but non compares. Its not just tasteless watery coffee served on the rocks. It’s pure unadulterated love. Many coffee shops are just big brand facades that are often best, if skipped.
The Nutella Freak Shake
Where – Greedy Man Pizzeria, Kalyani Nagar
Damage – ₹ 350
The Freak Shakes have taken over social media like a storm. All your feeds are loaded with these amazingly tempting chocolate shakes. Wait. They aren’t just shakes, they’ve got ice cream, nutella, tarts, cakes and just about everything chocolate in them.
Greedy Man Pizzeria has been the pioneer in Pune. The Nutella Freak Shake is worth all the hype. You will need literally 2-3 minutes of drooling when this beauty arrives. The quantity is generally good enough for 2 while the lone soldiers like me hold no boundaries!
Good Old Virgin Mojito
Where – Frozen Monkey, University Road
Damage – ₹ 135
I clearly remember having around 5- 6 repeats of this on a particular karaoke night. Clearly, one of the best I ever had to have crossed that line.
Where – Naughty Angels Café, Koregaon Park
Damage – ₹ 80
A truly beat the heat concept. Its basically 7 up topped with rock salt, green olives and mint leaves. A thirst quencher and a definite value for money. The Masala Cola here is also another hit.
Where – Café Moshes, Phoenix Market City
Damage – ₹ 150
A recent monsoon experience and I found my new favorite. Just the appropriate amount of ‘Hot’ there. Neither the ‘Burn your tongue’ nor the ‘gulp it in a go’. Latte lovers will definitely enjoy this.
Special Strawberry Milkshake
Where – Sh. Krishna Juice Bar, Off Ghole Road
Damage – ₹ 90
A must have for strawberry lovers. You have to be extremely particular and mention the word “special” while placing your order. The Special Strawberry shake is loaded with strawberry pieces and best enjoyed during the months of November – February when the strawberry season is at its prime.
Where – Falahaar (Multiple Outlets)
Damage – ₹ 170
Falahaar has got a variety of options when it comes to offering the good old mango. After a lot of trial n errors, finally got the ultimate mango drink this summer! You have to taste it to believe it. The shake is seasonal as no pulp or artificial flavors are used.
Classic Hot Chocolate
Where – The Flourworks, Kalyani Nagar
Damage – ₹ 135
Pure Bliss is the word. Its thick, rich, creamy and a must, must try for all those who still haven’t. Undoubtedly the best hot chocolate in the city for me.
Where – Minus 18 Degrees, Baner
Damage – ₹ 220
Had tried it when Minus 18 had just begun operations. A super amazing drink for chocolate lovers. They use ice cream for blending it and thus the rich taste. You cant afford to miss this one![contact-form-7 404 "Not Found"]