Thurst Quenchers

<picture> Aromatic Lemonade
<picture> Ginger spiked Watermelon juice
<picture> Saffron-scented Apple drink
<picture> Mango Lassi
<picture> Herbal Buttermilk


Aromatic Lemonade

5 lime or lemon
1 orange
5 teaspoon sugar
¼ teaspoon salt
4-5 cardamom pods
5 glasses water

In a large jar add water, sugar salt and stir well. Heat lime or lemonade in microwave for 30 seconds. Cut into half, and squeeze out the juice into the jar. Cut and squeeze the juice from the orange too. Remove the seeds from the cardamom pods, and discard the skin. Crush these fragrant seeds in a mortar and pestle. Add to the lemonade.

For serving, dip the rim of the glass in water and then a plate of sugar. Add the drink carefully to the glass without disturbing the sugarcoated edges. Add the final garnish of thin lemon slice at the edge of glass.

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Ginger spiked Watermelon juice

2 inch knob of ginger
10 cups of chopped watermelon
1 tablespoon lemon or lime juice
a pinch of salt

Peel and grate the ginger with a grater. Squeeze the juice from the grated ginger on the watermelon cubes, and discard the ginger pulp. In a blender add the watermelon, lemon juice and salt. Make a smooth puree and serve.

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Saffron-scented Apple drink

1 16 oz apple sauce ( unsweetened)
1 8 oz lemonade (frozen)
¼ teaspoon saffron
8 cardamom pods
½ cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt

Soak saffron threads in 1 tablespoon hot water. Keep aside. Peel cardamom pods remove seeds and discard the skin. Coarsely grind the seeds in a mortar pestle or a spice grinder.

In a large jug mix in applesauce, frozen lemonade, sugar and salt. Stir well. Finally add cardamom powder and saffron. (Add sugar as per taste)

Hema's hints:

You may substitute granny Smith apples in this recipe for Applesauce. Grate the apples and make a puree in the blender. Frozen lemonade can be substituted by juice of 8 lemons.

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Mango Lassi

1 16 oz alphonso mango pulp
3 cups plain yogurt ( low fat)
2 cups milk ( low fat)
½ cup sugar
a pinch of salt

In a blender mix all ingredients and serve chilled.

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Herbal Buttermilk

¼ cup cilantro leaves chopped
one inch of ginger knob
1 green chili
1/8 teaspoon mint leaves
3 cups plain yogurt (low fat)
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon sugar
2 cups water

In a blender add cilantro, ginger, chili, mint and ½ cup water. Make a smooth paste. Add rest of the ingredients and blend for a minute. Strain the buttermilk and serve chilled.

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