Friday, July 20, 2012

Cumin Mint Delight - Mocktail Recipe

Cumin (zeera) and mint (pudina) are useful ingredients for summers as they offer several benefits.

Cumin contains a very high concentration of antioxidants. It enhances immunity, increases metabolism, improves digestive system, and boost the liver's ability to detoxify our body. Mint settles a nervous stomach, reduces irritated bowel syndromes, eliminates toxins, and is a very good cleanser for the blood.

Taking into consideration these awesome facts, I tried a new summer-cool recipe. Here it goes:

Cumin Mint Delight
Servings = 4
Time taken: 10 minutes
1 cup crushed ice and few ice cubes
2 tbsp lemon juice
8 tbsp jeera syrup (I used Raj Jeera)
1 bottle chilled soda
Mint leaves
2 tbsp lemon juice

Cumin Mint Delight
Cumin Mint Delight

  1. Dilute jeera syrup by adding 2-3 ice cubes, ensuring that it has a curry-like consistency.
  2. Add lemon juice and chopped mint leaves. Mix well.
  3. Take 4 glasses, and pour equal quantity of above mixture in each glass.
  4. Top with crushed ice and chilled soda.
  5. Garnish with mint leaves and enjoy!

Monday, July 9, 2012

The Shirley Temple - Recipe

I’m in an experimenting and cooking mood this summer (Yippee!), have been trying my hands on a variety of snacks and drinks. Following the recipe of ‘Lemon Mint Muddle’, here is my other experiment – The Shirley Temple.

Shirley Temple is a popular drink that suits both alcoholics and non-alcoholics. It is a sweet drink with a twist of grenadine flavor. Grenadine syrup is easily available in provision stores. It is actually a concentrated form of pomegranate juice; alcoholic or non-alcoholic. I used the non-alcoholic one from the brand Fiesta. 

Shirley Temple

 Here’s the recipe.

Servings = 4
Time taken: 10 minutes
1 cup ice cubes
2 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp grenadine syrup
4 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp ginger-ale squash or a piece of fresh ginger
2 bottles chilled soda
4 cut lemon slices and few mint leaves

  1. Take 4 tall glasses, and place 4-5 ice cubes in each.
  2. Add ½ tbsp each of lemon juice, grenadine syrup, sugar syrup and ginger-ale squash. Don’t worry if you don’t have ginger-ale squash at home. Grate fresh ginger, squeeze hard to bring out the juice, and mix ½ tbsp sugar in it. Use this instead of ginger-ale squash.
  3. Fill each glass with chilled soda.
  4. Garnish with cut lemon slice and mint leaves, serve immediately, and enjoy!

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Lemon Mint Muddle - Recipe

Summers make feel us thirsty all the time, and a person like me is always in search of a cool drink (reminds  me of the thirsty sheep always asking of 'Cool Drink' in the 'Clouds & Sheep' Android game), to quench my thirst. While wandering on the web for a recipe, I found an interesting drink named 'Lemon Muddle'. So, here's my own version of the recipe:

Lemon Mint Muddle

Servings = 4
Time taken: 10 minutes

20-30 coarsely chopped mint leaves
2 tbsp finely chopped lemon
5 tbsp fresh lemon juice
5 tbsp sugar
1 cup crushed ice
1 bottle chilled carbonated water/soda water

Lemon Mint Muddle

1.   Pour 1 glass water in a jug and dissolve sugar in it.
2.   Add salt & 4 tbsp lemon juice, and keep the mixture in the freezer for 5 minutes.
3.   Take 4 rock glasses, and place equal quantity of chopped lemon, mint leaves in each of them.
4.    Pour the above mixture and muddle the ingredients together.
5.    Place ¼ cup of crushed ice in each glass, and top it with rest of the lemon juice & chilled carbonated drink.
6.    Garnish with lemon slice and  enjoy!