3 Refreshing drinks for a colourful Spring

Wednesday, 1/03/2017

Here in India, summer is already upon us, and the heat is unbearable. To make it worse, I live in the desert state of India, Rajasthan. The heat wave has already started, and it feels like the seasons decided to skip Spring and jumped directly to Summer from Winter. In happier news, the arrival of Holi, the festival of colours, has changed our frustration to excitement. Holi marks the arrival of spring and is celebrated over the course of two days. It signifies the triumph of good over evil and is the celebration of fertility. So, to help you serve your guests this festival better, I tried three refreshing drinks for a colourful spring, and you’re going to love them!

By the way, I must tell you that it’s absolutely important to take care of the safety of your food and kitchen as cases of food poisoning etc. are on a steady rise. You’ll be surprised to know that a lot of infections are caused by cockroaches. Roaches crawl into your kitchen behind your back from dirty drains carrying dangerous germs and bacteria that are known to spread diseases like food poisoning, typhoid, cholera, diarrhea, and many stomach diseases.

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1. Strawberry Splash

Serves: 1

Ingredients:

For the Drink:
4-5 Tbsp Strawberry Syrup
Crushed Ice
Cold water/Soda (Sprite)

For Garnish:
Sunflower seeds
Powdered Sugar

Method:

Add 4-5 tbsp of strawberry syrup to the serving glass. Fill half the glass with crushed ice. Add clear water or soda as per your preference. Mix the drink.

Lastly, add one tsp sunflower seeds and sprinkle powdered sugar on the top.

The drink is ready to serve.

strawberry-splash

Tip: If you don’t have readymade Strawberry syrup, you can make it at home. Here’s how:

Heat a pan. Add half a cup of chopped strawberries to the pan. Add one and a half cups of water, one and a half tsp of lime juice and half a cup of sugar. Stir and bring it to a boil. After it comes to a boil, stir continuously and cook it until it gains consistency and becomes thick. When you get the syrup like consistency, remove from flame. Now pass it through a sieve and use a spatula to press down the contents. You’ll get a clear syrup. Let it cool down, and now it is ready to use as a sherbet or a topping on ice creams.

2. Orange Mocktail

Serves: 1

Ingredients:

For the Drink:
1 cup Orange Juice
1 tsp Lime Juice
Pinch of Black Salt
1 tsp Sugar Syrup
Crushed Ice
Cold water/Soda (Sprite)

For Garnish:
Orange peel shavings
Powdered Sugar

Method:

Add the orange juice up to half of your serving glass. Add a pinch of black salt. One tsp each of lime juice and sugar syrup. If you want to make it sweeter, you can add more sugar syrup. Mix it well. Add crushed ice. Add clear water or soda as per your preference. Mix it.

Finally, garnish it with orange peel shavings and sprinkle powdered sugar on the top.

The drink is ready to serve.
orange-mocktail

3. Paan Shot
Serves: 2

Ingredients:
2 Paan/Betel leaves
1/2 Tsp Sauf/Fennel Seeds
2 Tbsp Gulkand/Rose Petal Jam
3 Tbsp Whipped Cream
2 Cups Chilled Milk
1 Tsp Sugar (Optional)

Method:

In a mixer, add betel leaves, fennel seeds, gulkand, and sugar. You can add a little water to make it sweeter. Grind it to a smooth paste. Now, add the whipped cream to the paste and grind again.
Add chilled milk to the mixer and mix it.

Serve chilled.
paan-shot

Thanks to the infection free kitchen because of LAL HIT, my mother allows me to experiment as much as I like and I enjoy it a great deal as well. #SayNoToFoodPoisoning this Holi and ensure that your kitchen becomes the talk of the neighbourhood but not just for the taste of things you cook, but the overall cleanness and attention to hygiene.