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 🙂 Continue reading
This is one of the most refreshing drinks possible. Its an age old recipe handed down generations. Days when no soda or tang powders were available, these drinks were used to quench thirst and aid digestion alike. I happened to try this as a welcome drink at Made In India-1947. Its a restaurant on ring road (Bangalore) having a nice ambiance and great food. What strikes me about this place is the limited number of options they have in each category. If you want a cold beverage there are only 2-3 options. Same goes for soups, starters, etc; However, whatever they serve is really up to the mark. Another thing thats note worthy is that the place is always on high demand although its completely vegetarian! Yes, very few such pure veg restaurants in Bangalore which are running well. The first one that comes to mind is of course MTR! Continue reading
I was instantly hooked up by the tag ‘Traditional Sindhi Cool Drink’. It caught my attention and didnt let go for several seconds. I logged into Avisha’s blog not knowing what to expect. There it was – a tall glass with a chilled red beverage in it. I was thirsty the second I saw it. To my delight I realized that I had all the required ingredients – a watermelon, rose syrup (Roohafza – my all time fave) and ice. I thought I’ll blend these sometime to check out what the result would taste like. Like all other Sindhi delicacies I was sure this one would be good too.
About a few weeks ago Mayank planned a party with his friends. He asked me if I would be interested in making a welcome drink for the party and I agreed. The best drink to beat the heat these days is a chilled lemonade, flavored with fresh mint leaves and ginger juice.
Mayank asked me the ingredients required for the drink and I gave him a list. He ran the errand rather promptly and in an hours time our house was fragrant with a whole lot of mint leaves. In the evening he told me that there was a change in plans. We wont have to make the beverage as an arrangement had already been made. Hmmmm….. what was I to do with the mint leaves, ginger and whole lot of lemon that was chilling in my fridge?
Mint leaves are versatile and can be used to make pudina chutney and pulao. So that wasnt a problem and thankfully ginger also has a rather long shelf but lemon doesnt survive that way and how long can you eat tangy food in order to finish the lime juice? A week went by and every time I opened the fridge 12 angry big lemons would stare at me and I would look away, promising myself that someday I would put them to good use.
At this point my mom came up with a good solution. She asked me to make lemon squash so in the upcoming summer months we can drink refreshing lemonade whenever we want.
The procedure was simple. I bought a lemon squeezer so it would hasten the process. Once the squash was ready I added PMS to give it a shelf life of one year! Unlike the market-made squash it doesnt contain essence and food color. It has the flavor of freshly squeezed lime juice in every glass. Now I am happy that managed to preserve my 12 angry lemons for one year without really putting them in a pickle 🙂
Lets start Cooking. Besides the ingredients mentioned in the picture below please make sure you have a lemon squeezer and a funnel (to pour the squash into a bottle).
- Heat sugar with water in a heavy bottom pan till it boils.
- Turn off the heat and add citric acid. If you find froth on the surface extract and discard it. Thats the impurity in sugar that citric acid helps to collect.
- Once the sugar syrup is cool add the lime juice, PMS and mix well.
- Store in clean, dry bottle.
- When you want to have a glass of lemonade mix the syrup with the desired quantity of water and enjoy it with ice. If you find the sweetness to be less you can add sugar to the syrup even after its made.
You can add strands of kesar to the squash once its ready. This will add kesar flavor and color to the lemonade.
You can mix this syrup in ice tea or fuzzy apple drink to get delicious mocktails.
Being a person who has never tasted an alcoholic drink upto date I always wondered what the cocktails must taste like. One day I ran into a Mocktail counter at a food court and realized that people who dont drink liqueur also have delicious options. I had a Virgin Pinacolada and it was delicious! Since then whenever I got a chance I ordered this drink. The sweetness in the coconut milk perfectly balances the sourness in the pineapple juice. Every milky sip of this tropical fruit drink leaves your taste buds wondering whats tasting so good.
In Spanish, Pina Colada means ‘Strained Pineapple’. In 1978 it was such a popular drink in Puerto Rico that it was declared the National drink of the country. A very interesting summer mocktail indeed.
The best Virgin Pinacolada I ever had was a couple of months ago on our wedding anniversary. We had been to this fancy place called Memories of China. The Colada there was just too perfect. I hoped the glass would never finish. The texture was creamy and temperature of the drink was perfect.
- 1/2 glass of pineapple juice
- 1 tablespoon of fresh cream
- 1 tablespoon of coconut milk
- Sugar syrup (as per taste)
- Mix the above ingredients in a glass or shaker.
- Serve chilled with bananas or fruit of your choice.
Please NOTE :
- The temperature of this drink is important. We dont usually add ice to it so use chilled ingredients.
- Serve in a thin, tall glass. I didnt have a thin one so I went with the closest one available.
- Dont use a mixie to blend the drink as the cream could split.
Watermelon On the Rocks
- 2 teaspoons Ice tea powder
- 1/2 glass Watermelon juice
- Lime juice
- Add water to the ice tea powder and stir well so there are no lumps.
- Mix in the water melon juice, lime juice and sugar. Shake well.
- Place ice cubes in a tall glass. Pour in the blend and serve chilled.
You can try out the same recipe with apple juice and honey instead of watermelon juice and sugar.
Please NOTE :
You need to check the sugar content in your ice tea powder and alter the water/sugar content accordingly. I used Nestea and was satisfied with the drink.
Choch O Chill O !
This drink is for all you chocoholics who want to beat the heat this summer, in style! Enjoy your Coffee on the rocks (rocks here refers to ice cubes please :-))
- 3/4 Glass milk
- 1 tablespoon fresh cream
- 1 tablespoon chocolate syrup
- 1 teaspoon coffee powder
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- Blend milk, cream, sugar, chocolate syrup and coffee powder in a mixie jar. Now taste the mixture and add more sugar if required.
- Pour chocolate sauce along the inner sides of a tall glass, leave some sauce at the bottom too. Place a generous amount of ice cubes inside the glass. Pour the drink into your chocolate laden glass and serve.
Please NOTE :
- The milk and cream should both be chilled to get a good blend else the milk can make the cream split.
- Serve the drink immediately after blending it. If it reaches room temperature it will make the ice cubes melt quickly making your drink dilute.
- Since most of the space is taken up by ice cubes the drink you make with one glass measurement can actually serve two.
- I used Bru instant coffee, Amul fresh cream and Hersheys chocolate syrup in this drink and was satisfied with the result.
Please don’t use aerated water if this Punch is being made for children. Substitute it with milk or plain orange juice and you will be happen to discover a creamy, yummy drink for those kids who don’t like milk!
- 3 tablespoons of orange squash
- 1 tablespoon of fresh cream
- 1 tablespoon of lime squash
- 1/4 cup aerated water (optional)
- 3/4 cup milk
- Blend milk, cream, orange and lime squash in a mixie jar. Taste the mixture and see if you get the flavor of orange. If no, please add some more orange squash and blend again.
- Pour into a tall glass, add plain soda (milk/orange juice) and serve chilled.
Please NOTE :
- You can add vanilla ice cream to the drink if you don’t have fresh cream.
- You might need to check the taste towards the end and add some sugar. It depends on whether you used cream or ice cream and how sweet your squash concentrates are.
© Roma Sharma 2007-2008