(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.
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!
(Makes 1 litre)
- 2 cups Bickford’s Lime Juice Cordial
- ½ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 cup loosely packed mint leaves
- ½ cup brown sugar
- Ice cubes
- Chilled water
- Lemon slices, for garnish
- 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.
How are you beating the heat this summer?