In the days when the cola invasion had not taken place, we were hooked onto nimbu pani (homemade lemonade) and ganna juice (sugarcane juice) to quench our thirst. It kept us going in the hot summers of North India — cool and refreshing. I loved the cane juice but hated the unhygienic way in which it was prepared by roadside vendors. So, I stopped having cane juice. Lemonade can at least be made at home unlike sugarcane juice. But, luckily for me, I chanced upon this outlet of Cane-o-la in Bangalore a few months back.
The place is so neat with everything done by machines. The people wear gloves and cover their hair. They give you a beer glass full of freshly squeezed cane juice — natural or with juices of ginger, lime etc. to add flavor. It costs just Rs. 10 and is yummy. They also provide good quality ice in an ice bucket with tongs. And, you are free to take a walk in their preparation area, even though you are able to see the entire operation through a glass partition.
It satisfies my finickiness of a hygienic, refreshing, natural, cooling, typically Indian thirst quencher. Beats having a cola hands down! My kids love it too ( after all it is all sugar :)).
Next, I am awaiting someone launching an outlet, which serves hygienic golas or chuskis — just like the vendors (unhygienic) on the beaches or streets of Mumbai do.