Wine to Watch: Spreading sweetness and light, Arka

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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