Sugarcane juice
Rooh Afza sharbat
Aam panna

With a climate as varied and extreme as India, the people require a myriad of options to keep their thirst appropriately quenched according to the weather conditions, varying from steaming hot drinks during winters to frosty cold drinks in summers. Different regions in the country serve drinks made with an eclectic assortment of ingredients including local spices, flavors and herbs. Available on the streets, as well as on the menus of posh hotels, these drinks add to the flavorful cuisine of India.

Consumption statistics by drink type

This is the consumption of drinks per capita per year in India in 2021 by drink type excluding water and juices.[1]

Drink type Per capita consumption (liter)
Hot drinks 70
Dairy drinks 34
Soft drinks 20
Bottled water 6
Alcoholic drink 4
Total 134

Assorted drinks

This is a dynamic list and may never be able to satisfy particular standards for completeness. You can help by adding missing items with reliable sources.

Dairy drinks

Flavoured milk

Badam milk

Milk-based beverages

Traditional Banarasi Lassi in a Kulhad

Hot drinks

Both tea and coffee contain caffeine and tannin. Comparatiely, coffee has more caffeine and less tannin than tea, whereas tea has more tannin and less caffeine than coffee.



Further information: Indian tea culture

Flavoured tea

Intoxicating drinks


The alphabetised list of native traditional drinks is as follows:


See also: Alcohol prohibition in India, Dry Days in India, and Kasauli Brewery

Alphabetised list of non-traditional drinks in India.

See also


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