As the sizzling sun beats down on you, all you can visualize is holding a glass filled with a refreshing concoction and lots of ice. The sheer thought of drinking that imagery is enough to temporarily bring the mercury down. Summer brings with it colors, fresh fruit and blooming flowers but also dehydration and exhaustion. What better way to driving away exhaustion and dehydration by creating summer drinks by using colors, fresh fruit and flowers as garnish.
Watermelon Freeze with Lemon and Mint
Mark Twain on watermelons; “It is chief of this world’s luxuries…..When one has tasted it, he knows what Angels eat. It was not a Southern watermelon that Eve took; we know it because she repented.” One bite of this fruit or sip of its juice transports you to the Antarctic in the midst of a hot summers afternoon. The addition of freshly squeezed lemon juice and fragrant mint leaves to a jug of bright pink crushed watermelon juice, is refreshment in a glass.
- 1/4 watermelon, chopped and seeded
- 2 parts lemon juice
- 2 tsp sugar
- Fresh mint leaves
- Crushed ice
- Add lemon juice and sugar in a bowl and stir vigorously to dissolve
- Muddle the mint leaves with the lemon mixture and set aside
- Add the watermelon to the blender and pulse for 2 minutes. If the mixture is too thick, add water to get it to a juice consistency. (Note: Make sure not to add too much water, as ice will be blended in later, which would further thin the cocktail)
- Pour in the lemon mixture and blend for a minute more till all the ingredients are infused well together.
- Add in the crushed ice and blend for a further 2 minutes.
- Pour the juice into a cocktail glass and garnish with fresh mint
- Drink immediately to avoid the ice from melting.
The best part about this concoction is that you can either drink it virgin or mix any alcohol of your choice in it. Best for a scorching summer picnic or a night out with friends.
Falsa Juice with Black Salt
Grewia Asiatica, popularly known in India, Pakistan and Cambodia as falsa, is a small round fruit, popular for its sweet yet tangy taste. Its dark fuschia or mauve color is soothing to the eyes just as falsa juice is cooling to your senses. The taste of falsa juice is enhanced by the addition of black salt, or kala namak; a pungent smelling purplish or pinkish-gray rock salt. This juice has all the flavors infused in one glass, salty, sweet and sour. An unbearable hot day would be incomplete without a sip of falsa juice.
- 1/2 kg falsas
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 2 tbsp black salt
- Add the falsas to a juicer in order to crush the seeds and retain the liquid.
- Transfer the falsa juice to a jug and add as much water
- Mix in the sugar and black salt and stir vigorously till dissolved
- Taste the juice in case more sugar is required, due to the tartness of the fruit
- Refrigerate the juice till time to serve
- Before serving, stir the juice so that no remnants are left at the bottom of the jug
- Garnish with a fresh flower before serving in tall glasses
Bask in the heat of the summer with these delicious and exotic drinks. Soothe your eyes with the vivacity of their colors, satiate your thirst with their flavors and beautify their presentation by garnishing with fresh flowers from your garden.