How summer is all about vacation time and the whole family get-together. I remember the good old days when the whole family and of course our cousin gang would go to our ancestral house. It used to be all about story sharing (mostly the gossips) and the amazing foods and drinks served by our pretty ladies.
As a big foodie myself I always wondered how my mother cooked so many dishes in such a short span of time. I mean it was not an easy task to do for so many kids and adults around in the house with everyone of their own tantrums. Later I discovered how my mom had this recipe book which she maintained only for summer times. She says it helped her when her brain used to freeze after all the demands from us.
Out of all the things she made for us, my favorites was the drinks she used to make, of course the mocktails :-p Summer is a time where your mind mostly goes into drinking a lot of watery things as you avoid eating due to the scorching heat. This is when fruits come to the rescue because they have lot of flavors along with the rich water content and hence helps to avoid dehydration.
So here I am sharing few recipes shared by my mom. These recipes take the shortest time to get ready and are enriched with too many nutrients and flavors. Go ahead and make the one according to your taste buds craving.
- As they say Mango being the king of all fruits. Now I understand why mangoes comes in the summer time so that we get plenty of time to taste it in all different ways. We love mangoes in every form whether in a fruit bowl or a shake form or the drinks form. Mangoes are loved by everyone from children to the grandparents and the easiest to prepare in any form.
Grab this recipe to make the most easiest mango drink
- ½ piece Mangoes chopped
- half slice Lemon
- 5 leaves Mint Leaves
- 3 Tbspn Sugar powder
- Ice cubes, as required
- 1/2 piece Mango Pulp
- Add half slice of lemon, mint, sugar powder, ice cubes
- Add mango pulp (of the half piece of mango left) to the mixture
- Grind all ingredients well.
- Chop half piece of mango in small cubes and add it to the mixture.
- Finally add soda and mix well.
- Your mango mojito is ready to serve.
Green grape mojito
Grape is the most easily available fruit in the market and every generation loves grapes. At least all the member of family eats/drinks without making any faces. Well we can easily beat the summertime heat with a glass of green grape mojito. This includes very few calories and you will love this drink if you are looking for that glowing younger looking skin.
Checkout the easiest way to make one.
- 1/2 cup grapes
- 1+1/2 tbsp of sugar
- 1/2 tbsp rock salt
- few mint leaves
- half a lemon
- 1 glass of water
- And lots and lots of ice
- Grind all of the below mentioned ingredients
- Take all the grapes, sugar, rock salt,lemon and water.
- Now add mint leaves and ice cubes to the mixture.
- Green Grape mojito is good to go.
Kiwi ka panna
Kiwi can be considered as the morning fruit and the rich vitamins booster. I admit Kiwi is not the go to fruit for every occasion and not everybody’s favorite either. But Kiwi is a special fruit meant for special occasions. While kids might not love it in a fruit bowl but definitely they would love it if made with a different recipe in mocktail form. If you want to surprise people around with the new flavored drink and are looking for a fresh enriched morning or an evening drink then kiwi is your fruit. My mom got this recipe from one of Sanjeev Kapoor's books and its worth a try. You can have kiwi in the form of panna and thank us later for this receipe.
- 4 kiwi fruit
- 1/4 cup mint leaves, chopped
- 1/4 cup coriander, chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds, roasted
- 1/2 inch piece ginger, chopped
- 5-6 black peppercorns
- 3 tablespoon sugar
- salt to taste
- 1 teaspoon black salt
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- crushed ice, as required
- Roast kiwis in a tandoor or in an oven at 150 degrees or gas for half an hour or till soft.
- Cool, peel and crush in a bowl with your fingers or with a wooden spoon, to a smooth pulp.
- Grind mint leaves, coriander leaves, ginger, cumin seeds and black peppercorns to a smooth paste.
- Blend kiwi pulp with sugar, salt, back salt and lemon juice. Add mint-coriander paste and mix well. Strain, Add four cups of water and stir well to mix.
- Put some ice cubes into individual glasses, pour the panna over and serve chilled.
Pineapple Basil Lemonade
I call pineapple as the crown of fruits as it remains my favorite fruit from childhood. As hard as it may seem to chop off the pineapple, how tasty it feels when you eat it with chat masala on top. Pineapple has its own tasty charm and it comes with a lot of benefits. I believe this fruit is universally loved by everyone in each form. Most of the fruit bowl contains pineapple and the milk shakes and mocktails too. Pineapple tastes better in the morning and best in the evening times. So try out this new recipe in the lemonade form because life is too short and recipes are too many to try on.
- 4 lemon, juice
- 1-1/2 cups water
- 1 cup pineapple
- 10 basil leaves
- 5 tablespoon agave or 5 tablespoon sugar
- Crushed ice, as required
- Crush all the above mentioned ingredients except the crushed ice.
- You can add or remove sugar as per the sweetness you prefer in a juice.
- Put crushed ice in a glass and pour the blended mixture over.
- You are ready to go with the Pineapple Basil Lemonade.
If you are out of fruits Lemons always comes to the rescue.They say when life gives you lemons, why not make it a lemonade right. Lemonade is the most easiest recipe made in every household and you also find it in all the markets you go for shopping. Lemonade can be made in so wide varieties that may include with water, soda, sweetener. Lemon has its own benefits and its easily found everywhere. In fact you can grow lemons in the backyard of house. Lemons are used almost in all the food varieties we make, in mocktails, cocktails, after having that tequila shot:-p Try out this easiest recipe if you are bored of having fruits all the time. This recipe has all the ingredient which are easily found in your kitchen.
- For making syrup(4-5 glass)
- 2 tablespoon Cumin seeds
- 7-8 pepper corns
- 1 tablespoon rock salt
- 1 cup sugar
- Few mint leaves
- 1 cup water
- For making a glass of lemonade
- Few cubes of ice
- 1 glass soda
- 1 tablespoon chat masala
- 1 piece lemon
- Lemon and mint leaves for garnishing
- Syrup-Crush cumin seed and pepper corns.
- Take a pan and heat the mixture along with rock salt, sugar. Add water and make a syrup.
- You can use this syrup while making any glasses of lemonade.
- For making a glass of lemonade-
- Take a glass. Add few ice cubes, add syrup as required, ½- ¾ sliced lemon and chat masala.
- Now add soda.
- Garnish with Half sliced lemon and mint leaves. You are ready to serve it chilled.