BM # 27 Day 23
A cool drink with lots of crushed ice, is what I look for in the peak heat of summers.
Today I have three special drinks which are totally Indian Drinks.
Khus is a simple sugar syrup with food color and essence.Quick , easy to prepare, this can do wonders to mock tails, or served in milk , mathas, curds or even water.
Badaam or Almond Sharbat is mom’ s specialty, every summers I get a few bottles from her, but last summers I made it a point to learn from her. This has a amazing taste of almonds and a mild fragrance of cardamons, very very addictive.The concentrate can be preserved for nearly six months if refrigerated.This can be mixed with milk or water.
Paan drink is a royal treat for your taste buds.You can give your meal a kick start with this one.It has a unique refreshing flavor, which is highly dominated by betel leaves.The rose petals add to the aroma and beauty of this drink. It has to be prepared fresh for that beautiful color and flavor.
1000 ml water
1800 gms sugar
15 gms citric acid
Green food color
Dissolve sugar in water.
add citric acid.
Boil for 10 minutes.
Strain and cool.
Add essence and color.
Badaam / Almond Sharbat
1000 ml water
1 kg sugar
300 gms almonds, soaked and peeled
1/4 cup milk
combine sugar and water and boil for 10 minutes.add milk, let boil.
This will release out scum which might be dirty, remove it.
Strain the syrup.
Grind almonds to a very fine paste using minimum water.
Grind cardamons to a fine powder.
Add almond paste and cardamon powder to the strained syrup and le boil till all the moisture has gone, this shall take about 8-10 minutes.
Cool and pour into bottles.
2 chopped paan leaves
2 tbsp gulkand
1 tsp fennel seeds
Blend the chopped leaves, gulkand and fennel seeds .
Add crushed ice and water, blend again.
Pour into glasses.
Garnish with rosé petals.
Indian Summer Drinks. Badaam / Khus / Paan Sharbats