As Mercury Rises, 'Sarbaths' Turn Hot Favourites among City-zens
With temperatures hitting a new high, ‘sarbaths’, lime juices and other traditional drinks are making a comeback on the roadsides as people gulp them in litres to quench their thirst and beat the heat. In addition to glasses of water, ‘sambharam’ and tender coconut water, thirsty customers also opt for fruit ‘sarbaths’ and ‘kulukki sarbaths’, which have now become their favourites.
The latest interest of city-zens, the ‘sarbath’ varieties cost no more than Rs 25 per glass and are the perfect antidotes to the dehydration and sun strokes experienced during summer. When mercury rises, the ‘sarbath’ vendors see their pockets getting filled and many get double their usual profits.
The owner of AS Fruit Stall at Thycaud said that if he earned Rs 3,000 a day earlier, now the figure touches Rs 6,000.
“While heading to office after regular patrolling in the afternoon, it gets very hot and tiring, and the mixed fruit ‘sarbath’ proves to be a big relief. We come here almost every day as the ‘sarbath’ is affordable, tasty and healthy,” said Sunil, a police personnel.
Mobin Thomas, a student of University campus at Kariavattom, said: “‘Kulukki sarbath’ was familiar to me as my classmates from the northern part of the state had talked much about it, its taste and all. So, seeing a man selling ‘kulukki’ in front of the campus, I bought it just to know what it was all about. It is a good drink, especially during summers.’’
“People love the ‘fruit sarbath’ that we sell because of a different recipe that we use. We start our business by 9 am and wind up when we run out of ingredients. Owing to the heat, the demand is high,” said Arun, as he served customers waiting for the drink. “We sell the drink for Rs 25 and get a daily profit of at least Rs 2,000,” he said.
Traditional ‘elanir’ or tender coconut water, ‘sambharam’ and ‘nonku’ are some of the other drinks sold at waysides in many places. In Vanchiyoor, Karamana, East Fort and other busy junctions and along highways one comes across plenty of mobile outlets that offer these items.
Traditional drinks and fruit juices can never replace the soft drinks made by MNCs. But they are not only refreshing but also help customers avoid dehydration without burning a hole in their pockets.
They also boost energy levels. With a variety of traditional drinks on offer at affordable prices, the approaching summer can turn out to be a ‘cool’ season.