Refreshing grape, lemon, and mint drink.
As summers have just started, we are all trying to make different types of juices and drinks to combat the heat. Though there are vast number of ready to make drinks and juices available in the market but still we all prefer to make fresh juices at home. Squeezing juices every time is usually not feasible, and making sherbats of fruits such as grapes is always a good alternative.
As grapes are primarily grown in Maharashtra and Karnataka, access to fresh fruit in further off states is sporadic. So whenever the market has fresh grapes, its a good idea to pick up a large batch and make a few bottles of this sharbat. This can then easily last the full summer season, the effort of making one batch, and enjoy an entire season is a great bargain.
Grapes are amongst the most easily available fruits in this season, and delicious and nutritious as well. Not only do they taste great, but aid digestion, cure constipation, good for anaemia patients, kidney disorders and are packed with anti-oxidants.
While grapes come in several varieties, the best grapes for this recipe are red or black ones. Having seedless varieties will be an obvious preference as you will not have to deal with straining out the seeds, but you can make this with seed varieties as well. As this is a sharbat, even slightly overripe / wilted grapes will work well too. In fact, their added ripeness will only add to the sweetness of this sharbat.
I tried this simple and delicious drink with purple grapes, mint and a hint of ginger, and we all liked it.
I have also posted –
- Raw mango and Mint drink
- Saffron and almond drink,
- Pomegranate Cooler,
- Kokum Sharbat and many more summer drinks in my blog.
Grape Juice, Angoor ka Sharbat
- 1 cup purple grapes seedless
- 12 leaves mint fresh
- 1/2 tsp ginger chopped
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 1/3 tsp black salt / pink salt
- 1/2 tsp cumin roasted
- 1.5 can lemon flavored soda
- Wash the grapes and mint thoroughly.
- Add all in the ingredients in the blender(except lemon drink)
- Grind to make a smooth paste.
- Sieve with a juice strainer .
- Fill the serving glasses 1/3 with this syrup.
- Add some crushed ice and then pour aerated lemon drink to fill the glass.
- Garnish with mint leaves and serve chilled.