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Here is an absolutely refreshing drink that I submitted to the Mother’s World magazine for their November ’12 Edition. I remember while shooting this drink, the day was rather hot. After a few shots I got thirsty. It was not only the heat but also the chilled out maroon beauty that was tempting me through the tall glass. I decided to take a sip and I didn’t realize that it was a rather long one. When I got back behind the lens my jaw dropped. The glass was half empty! So I stopped shooting and sat down to finish the rest of the drink because in this case I couldn’t optimistically look at the part that was half full 🙂

Here is my excerpt from the magazine article :

On a hot day, there are few things as refreshing as a Mint Melon cooler. Its healthier to opt for fruit juices to quench your thirst rather than drinking sugary/ aereated drinks.  You can twist the taste of fruit juice by adding a couple of green herbs to it.

Ingredients :

  • 2 cups of water melon pieces (de-seeded)
  • 4 sprigs of lemon basil leaves
  • 4 sprigs of mint leaves
  • 2 teaspoons roohafza (rose syrup)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar (optional)

Procedure :

  1. Blend all the ingredients in a mixer jar.
  2. Strain into glasses partly filled with ice-cubes and enjoy this refreshing drink.
  3. Based on your taste and sweetness of the water melon used, you may or may not need to add sugar. Please taste the drink and add sugar only if required.

Please Note :

  1. Remove any tough stems from mint leaves or lemon basil before blending the ingredients.
  2. If you can’t find lemon basil you can use regular basil and add a few drops of fresh lime to the cooler.
  3. For an exotic garnish, you can freeze mint leaves into ice cubes before serving.
  4. Do not preserve this drink as the pureed mint leaves darken with time and spoil the taste.