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Cocktails and Cuisine

By Madhurima Chodha

Time to Chill

Summer is here and the kids are home from school. What better way to beat the heat and spend some quality time with the little ones than preparing fresh, chilled beverages that the entire family will enjoy!

Here are some easy-to-prepare summer drinks that won’t leave you sweating. All four can be made in just a few minutes, and will leave you feeling fresh and rejuvenated. Take the kids and bask in the sun on the deck, pop a DVD in the player, or just sit down for some good old laughs. Relax and treat yourselves to these tasty treats!

Summer is finally here - let's enjoy these chilled delights!

Roo-afsa is rose essence in syrup form. It can be found in any South Asian grocery store.


1 teaspoon Roo-afsa can also be added to 8 ounces of ice cold milk. You can then use a blender to make a milkshake that will be pink in color.

1 teaspoon Roo-afsa can also be used to add flavor to vanilla ice cream.

















For Khatti Lassi (salty), replace sugar with salt and black pepper added to taste.

For Mango Lassi, decrease amount of sugar added and add mango pulp to taste.


Pakistani Roo-afsa (Rose water sherbet)


1 teaspoon Roo-afsa
1 glass water


1. Add one teaspoon Roo-afsa to one glass of water.

2. Mix thoroughly with spoon or blender.

3. Add crushed ice and serve chilled.

Shikanjvi (Desi Lemonade)


1 lemon or lime (your choice)
4 glasses water
4-5 tablespoons sugar (to taste)
½ teaspoon salt (to taste)
½ teaspoon black pepper (to taste)


1. Squeeze the juice of one lemon (or lime) into water.

2. Add sugar, salt, and black pepper.

3. Mix thoroughly with spoon or blender.

4. Add ice cubes and serve chilled.


Punjabi Meethi Lassi (Sweet yogurt drink)


½ cup yogurt
½ cup water
4 tablespoons sugar (to taste)


1. Mix yogurt, water, and sugar together using a blender. Be certain to blend thoroughly, until the consistency is that of a milkshake.

2. Add ice or refrigerate before serving chilled.

Indian Cold Coffee


½ cup boiling water
3-4 teaspoons instant coffee
1 ½ tablespoon sugar (to taste)
2 cups milk
Whipped Cream (optional)


1. Add instant coffee and sugar to boiling water. Mix well and then cool.

2. Add milk and mix thoroughly using blender.

3. Add crushed ice and blend again.

4. Top with whipped cream (optional) and serve chilled.


Other Cocktails and Cuisines

Boondi Salad
Sabudana (Sago) Khichdi

Bombay Malanga
Butter Chicken
Eggplant, Punjabi Style
Masala Okra
Turkey Kabob


Kirti’s Strawberry Smoothie
Guddi Aunti’s Ice Cream Soda Drink
Kirti’s Rosini
Neetika’s Lychee Delight Mango Drinks

Vermicelli Kheer




























Madhurima Chodha is an aspiring journalist and a student at New York University.


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