Feni Paloma

Hopefully you just finished reading about what Feni is, in my interview with DrinkFeni’s co-founder, Drew Whited. If not, the quick version is that Feni is a liquor distilled only in India from the juice of a cashew apple.  It’s a perfectly clear, slightly viscous liquid, but you’ll never mistake this for vodka nor gin. Feni has a sweet taste, slightly reminiscent of a new piece of Juicy Fruit gum. There’s little to no alcohol burn, which isn’t too surprising at 42.5% ABV (85 proof). It mixes well with a variety of fruit juices, from sweet pineapple, to the tart grapefuit juice in this month’s Feni Paloma recipe. Lemonade and 7-Up also work well.  My new friend Natalie over at BeautifulBooze.com came up with this recipe and of course, these lovely photos.  Feni is currently available in Chicago for right around $24 a bottle.  If you’re not in the Windy City, visit FeniDrink and fill out the interest form – they’d love to hear from you!Feni4


1 ounce Feni

1 ounce fresh grapefruit juice

½ cup of ice

½ ounce of Grand Marnier

top of with grapefruit soda

Garnish: Grapefruit slice and grapefruit zest


  • In a cocktail shaker add Feni, fresh grapefruit juice, ice, and Grand Marnier
  • Shake mixture for 20 seconds and then pour mixture into serving glass
  • Top with grapefruit soda
  • Garnish: Grapefruit slice and grapefruit zest

Yields: 1 serving


About Jeanne Runkle

Jeanne Runkle currently lives in San Diego, and is a certified bartender and craft liquor expert. Her specialty is the brown stuff, whether it's bourbon, rye or good old American whiskey. She can sometimes be found stalking the aisles of a liquor store near you, answering your random whiskey questions.


  1. Hi,

    I had a query on Feni. Is it liked by Americans? What kind of sales do you get?

    • Jeanne Runkle says

      Hello! I don’t really have any of that info – try hitting up Drew at FENI, through their website. It’s been a few months since launch, so I’m sure they have some great info to share!

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