Why is Patiala peg called Patiala peg?

Patiala Peg is an integral part of Punjab’s urban and rural vocabulary and is a measure of whiskey defined by the distance between the index and small finger when held parallel to the glass.

The magnificence of the drink is often related to the size of Maharaja Patiali, who were known for their extravagance and kingdom.

The Patiala peg is normally  3x or 4x to the regular size shot of whisky (90–120ml). And it is served neat with ICE as per choice. being so big is the single most special thing about the Patiala peg


Two most popular peg in north India, especially in Punjab are:

  • Patiala peg
  • Kapurthala peg

The reasons behind these names are the area of the particular. Patiala was the biggest state in Punjab back in that time and Kapurthala was smaller than Patiala. So big size peg is named as Patiala Peg and smaller pegs are called as Kapurthala Peg.

(Before Indian Independence Patiala and Kapurthala were independent States now they are Cities of Punjab State)

 That is not all – In the locals, there are many stories about how Patiala peg got his name.


First Story about Patiala Peg

Bhupinder Singhthe Maharaja of Patiala once visited England, there The Maharaja went to a bar and ask for the regular drink of whisky. And the waiter brought him one, BUT that was a 30ml peg.

The Maharaja was amused on looking at the Glass So he then called the waiter and ordered the waiter to bring him the bottle. as he will make his own drink.

The maharaja poured himself a big one –  that was about 120ml in size and or 4 times of the regular for that place.

Second Story about Patiala Peg

Once, Maharaja Bhupinder Singh was not well. He called his doctor. He was told to have stopped the drinking but later he was allowed to have little pegs equal to two fingers only BUT  he chooses his index finger and pinky to measure the drink,
filled .and the glass was filled half. That was another story how it got his name.

Third Story about Patiala Peg

” This is the most famous and probably true story behind the Patiala Peg.

Maharaja Bhupinder Singh had a Polo team, which was undefeated during his reign. Their favourite pastime was ‘Tent Pegging’.

It was in the Patiala tradition to invite the ‘Viceroys Pride’, for a friendly engagement in the Maharaja’s territory.

The ‘Viceroys Pride’, was an all Irish team. They were famous for drinking until the night’s end and were still able and proud to walk straight.

When the ‘Viceroys Pride’ arrived in Patiala for a friendly match, the home team felt nervous and feared that they might lose the game. So they hatched a conspiracy.

In case you are wondering how to make a perfect Patiala Peg, You can follow this guide.

On the evening before the match, the ‘Viceroys Pride ‘ was entertained to double measure of whisky in every peg, They were told that their whisky was less potent and they needed to drink more in order to get high (later came to be called as the “Patiala peg”). In the morning, they went into the friendly match of tent pegging, and their heads were heavy and groggy.




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