Lemon Mint Cooler……….beating the Oz heat!


(Updated with new photographs)

Anyone who complains of ‘the Indian summer’ has never been to Australia! The temperatures soared to a 46°C this year and I thought I was going to melt away to nothingness. The heat is so dry and brutal and literally burns your skin and insides too.

Being my first summer here, I must say I was not adequately prepared or I would have stocked up on more refreshing drinks. But I did make a few, mostly classic summer drinks, and all which are common in India.

And the first one of these was the lime mint cooler. A summer drink which features on every restaurant menu in India. I love this drink because it’s cool and refreshing and I also love mint. A very simple drink to prepare – like the name, all that you need is lemon and mint.

Lemon mint cooler - a refreshing summer drink -


In this recipe though, I have used a mix of both fresh lemons and a lemon cordial – the job’s much easier when you want to make large quantities. Get the freshest bunch of mint that you can find in the shop; it makes all the difference to the taste.

Lemon Mint Cooler – my fave summer classic!

Lemon mint cooler - a refreshing summer drink -

Lemon mint cooler - a refreshing summer drink -




(Makes 1 litre)

  1. 2 cups Bickford’s Lime Juice Cordial
  2. ½ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  3. 1 cup loosely packed mint leaves
  4. ½ cup brown sugar
  5. Ice cubes
  6. Chilled water
  7. Lemon slices, for garnish
  8. Mint leaves, for garnish

Note – The measurements are only approximations and you need to keep tasting as you go as the tanginess of the lemons and size of the mint leaves, all make a difference.


  • Blend the cordial, lemon juice, mint leaves and sugar.
  • Pour into a large jar and add chilled water to make up the volume to 1 litre. Taste and add more lemon juice/sugar/mint as required.
  • Pour into a tall glass over ice cubes and garnish with lemon slices and mint sprigs.
  • Enjoy!



Lemon mint cooler - a refreshing summer drink -

How are you beating the heat this summer?


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4 thoughts on “Lemon Mint Cooler……….beating the Oz heat!

  1. afracooking January 29, 2014 at 8:51 pm Reply

    I lived in Oz for a bit and remember how hot it could get. But despite the fact that now I am sitting here in the cold European winter I am totally longing for a glass of one your amazing drinks!


    • vanyadhanya January 29, 2014 at 10:30 pm Reply

      though labeled as a summer classic, I would drink this all year round. This one’s a winner if you love lemon and mint combo like me.


  2. feedingthesonis January 28, 2014 at 7:56 am Reply

    It has indeed been an absolute scorcher here in Canberra as well…give me cooler weather anyday at least you can rug yourself up warm. Ahh! Now I know how to cool myself down with your cooling concoction..I must try this😊


    • vanyadhanya January 28, 2014 at 11:00 am Reply

      first of all..didn’t know u lived in Canberra. Happy to know a fellow Oz.
      secondly, yes its my first summer here and I am going crazy. like u said, winter is better and bearable.
      thirdly…do try it, its lovely. I made a whole jug and stocked up during last week’s heat wave


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