India’s relationship with honey is akin to having undercover agents in the family. You have grown up with them, but do you really know them? In December 2020, a report claimed the majority of Indian honeys were fake, adulterated, or chemically tweaked. It kindled a conversation about understanding them better. For an oenophile, there’s more to honey than just a breakfast spread or a dessert topping, or a cocktail ingredient. There’s also mead, an ancient fermented alcoholic beverage gifted by India to the world, which has been on the rise since its return in a nouveau, polished avatar about five years ago. And amongst its flag-bearers is Arka, an exotic dessert drink from Maharashtra.
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