Glass in hand and sunglasses perched on the bridge of your nose, that’s the best way to celebrate a lazy summer day; hopefully there’s warm sea breeze and a cool sandy beach somewhere in the mix.
In keeping with this season’s light and airy feeling, today’s post revisits three refreshing Indian summer beverage inspirations, guaranteed to quench the thirst and fill your glass-in-hand with a unique combination of India’s flavors.
Back in India, the well-known yogurt drink Lassi is just as popular with a farmer cultivating his crop on a sweltering day, as it is with young teenagers standing around street cafés chatting about their day’s events…
My authentic Indian Mango Lassi recipe comes with three interesting flavor variations: give it a spicy twist with Warm Spiced Mango Lassi, or turn it up a notch with the benefits of ginger in Ginger Mango Lassi, or try the ultimate freshness of Mint and Mango Lassi.
Freshly cut watermelon whisked through a fruit blender with seasonings and spices are a common sight at Indian street corners, especially at the peak of a hot summer day.
My Lemony Mint Watermelon Cooler uses fresh watermelon chunks and cooling mint with a touch of lemony tang and cracked black pepper to mimic those delicious street-side watermelon coolers…enjoy this drink as a cocktail with vodka or just as-is.
Street-side vendors with large stacks of fresh unopened coconuts are a common sight in many Indian cities. The fresh coconut is cracked open with a sharp machete-style knife, only when a patron places an order. In a delightful cost-saving gesture, the coconut water is served right in the coconut shell with a straw.
My refreshing Coconut Water Blueberry Margarita cooler cocktail uses fresh or frozen blueberries, store-bought coconut water and a hint of lime, simple syrup and tequila. Leave out the tequila for an equally satisfying non-alcoholic version.
This beautiful deep blue beverage filled with crushed blueberries and coconut water served at your next party, is sure to have your guests asking for the secret recipe.
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