Desi Mocktail: From Mango Mastani to Lake Jigarthanda, the perfect joy of summer

Mango Mastani

In Pune, Mango Mastani rules in summer. According to the legend of Peshwa ruler Bajirao and his lover Mastani, this drink is popular during the mango season. Mango pulp, cold milk and sugar can be mixed at home and shaken frequently. It is then topped with vanilla ice cream, mango pieces and ice cubes. The drink can be garnished with cherries and dried fruits such as nuts, pistachios and raisins. Sujata Mastani of Pune is famous for her Mastani.

Mango Mastani, an Indian street food mixed with mango juice and ice cream and topped with dried fruit and nuts, is served in a glass on a rustic wooden background, with selective focus on the top.

Watermelon Mint Mojito

Watermelon is undoubtedly a favorite summer fruit for its cooling properties and aquatic composition. Watermelon Mint Mojito is a mocktail that can be easily made at home with just a few ingredients. A tall glass requires watermelon cubes, mint leaves, a pinch of salt, lemon juice and powdered sugar. It can be mixed with sprite using a stirring so that the ingredients sit well. Soda can be used instead of sprite and the mocktail is served cold. Not only does it make a great summer drink but it also serves as a great party mocktail. It can be garnished with ice and cucumber or mint leaf pieces.

Gondhoraj Ghol

Although buttermilk is a popular summer drink, Gandhoraj Ghol is similar to the Bengali version of buttermilk. It can be flavored and sweet or salty at will. Its main ingredients are yogurt, ice cubes, cold water, sugar, rock salt, fragrant lime zest and lime juice. What sets the drink apart is the addition of Gandhoraj Lebius, a lime native to Bengal. Lime is called the ‘king of perfume’ and is slightly sweet in taste. When added to drinks, it is flavored.

Mohabbat ka sharbat

Also known as Sharbat-e-Mohabbat, this refreshing drink has become a staple of old Delhi and is a must-have, especially when visiting the Chandni Chowk or Jama Masjid area. It is widely eaten during the month of Ramadan. It is easy to prepare and its ingredients include cold milk, water, watermelon juice, rose petals for decoration, rose juice and sugar. Everything is mixed well and served cold. In addition to rose petals, the drink can also be garnished with chopped watermelon and ice. Chia seeds or cardamom seeds can also be added for flavor.

Jill Jill Jigarthanda

The Tamil Nadu summer drink Jigarthanda is made with milk, almond gum, sugar, ice cream and sarasparila syrup which is known for its anti-inflammatory and detoxifying properties. The milk is condensed to create a dense texture for the drink. It is popularly sold in roadside stalls in Tamil Nadu. It tastes like faluda but has great health benefits and helps to keep heat stroke in the bay and reduce body temperature. The drink became popular in Tamil Nadu in the 1970s when its founder Sheikh Abdul Kadhar joined his family business. It comes from Vilakkuthun in Madurai, Tamil Nadu. Ain-i-Akbari contains a number of theories about the origin of the drink, with reference to a similar drink.

Imli ka amlana

Coming from Rajasthan, this drink is made using tamarind pulp. Black pepper, mint leaves, cardamom, powdered sugar, water and black salt are added to enhance the taste. It makes a great drink especially in Rajasthani summer. Since the drink becomes sour within a few hours, it is best to eat it fresh after it has been prepared. It can be garnished with chopped mint or bundi. To make it, mix tamarind and water well and cover it in a pot for two hours. The water is then blended in a mixer to get a smooth texture and then it is strained. Ingredients like cardamom, salt, black salt etc. are added for the final touch and the drink is served chilled. It tastes like a traditional Pangam drink made on the occasion of Ram Navami.

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