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.
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.