Lemonade Stand

BM #116 : Week 5, Day 4
Theme : Lemonade Stand/Drinks platter

For the last post of this month’s mega marathon, I am here with a mix and match lemonade stand/bar. I wanted to do a drink platter and this seemed to be a good idea where you have a single base recipe (plain lemonade) and then you have options to add your own flavors to it.

There are many ways to implement this idea, but I decided to go with the easiest one. Ever since I made this strawberry mocktail, I have been hooked into Mojito styled drinks. The basic idea is to muddle/crush the fruit of your choice along with a couple of wedges of lemon, few mint leaves and sugar and then top it with water and ice. Here, I have topped it with lemonade and then decided to skip adding sugar since the lemonade already had it. You can always add more according to your preference.

You can also do this by making fruit flavored simple syrups and then keeping it in bottles alongside the lemonade. People can pour the flavor syrup(s) they want and then top it with lemonade or even water and sugar. Or yet another way is to keep fruit purées and just mix it into the lemonade.

This is the last post for the thali series and a farewell summer post is also the perfect way to say farewell to this month long blogging mega marathon!

Read on for the recipes and more pictures.

The lemonade bar has

  1. Lemonade
  2. Blackberries
  3. Blueberries
  4. Raspberries
  5. Melon rounds
  6. Watermelon puree
  7. Pomegranate seeds
  8. Mint leaves
  9. Lemon wedges
  10. Sugar/Agave (not in the picture)
  11. Mortar and pestle; glasses to serve

Pick fruit of your choice, few mint leaves and a couple of lemon wedges. Add to the mortar and crush with the pestle. Just 6-8 crushes would do. Not too much to make a purée.

Add this to a glass and top with lemonade. Check sweetness, add more agave for sweetness. It would be easier to dissolve.

The glasses have flavored drinks with

  1. Blackberry
  2. Watermelon
  3. Melon ball
  4. Blueberry
  5. Raspberry

I used a melon baller to take out balls from a watermelon and honeydew melon. I also saved the juice coming out of the fruit. The juice is really sweet and makes a good addition to the lemonade.

You can also add aerated drinks for additional flavors, but I personally don’t like it.

For watermelon flavored lemonade, I made a watermelon purée and then added some crushed mint leaves and topped with lemonade.

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Spinach peanut butter smoothie bowl

BM #112 : Week 2, Day 3
Theme : Summer Coolers

Smoothies and smoothie bowls are my son’s favorite dinner during summertime. It’s not summer yet here, but the weather is a lot warmer than before. So smoothies are back in our diet.

I started off with a peanut butter smoothie, then I remembered that I had some spinach to be used up so included that as well. The addition of peanut butter makes smoothies a lot more filling. Usually I add jam when making peanut butter smoothie, but here the sweetener is honey.

The vibrant green color of this smoothie is pleasing to the eye, I add avocados too to this smoothie if I have it. The toppings can be anything of your choice. I didn’t have any fresh fruits left, so I used a bunch of dry fruits and nuts.

Read on for the recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium bananas, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup milk/soy milk
  • 2 tablespoons honey or per taste
  • 2 big handfuls of spinach
  • Toppings of your choice – I used a mix of chocolate chips, cashews, chopped apricots, raisins and granola

Method:

  1. In a blender, add everything except the spinach and blend well. Once it’s smooth, add the spinach and blend again until everything is combined well.
  2. Pour into a tall glass or a bowl. If it’s a smoothie bowl, add toppings of your choice. I used what I had. Its a mix of chocolate chips, cashews, chopped apricots, raisins and granola.

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Panagam

BM #112 : Week 2, Day 2
Theme : Summer Coolers

Panagam is a traditional drink made during Sri Rama Navami. It falls in the month of March, which also marks the beginning of hot weather in India. This is a perfect summer cooler for the weather there.

We are all big fans of panagam, but somehow we don’t prepare it at home often enough. One reason is the amount of jaggery that goes into this drink. To make a sweet panagam, you do need to add a good amount of jaggery. The recipe is very simple with very few ingredients. I don’t use jaggery or dry ginger powder on a regular basis, but these are my pantry staples. These stay good for a long time, so if you buy it once, it’s going to be there for a longtime. I used bottled lemon juice concentrate for this, fresh lemon juice is more preferable though. Fresh ginger juice can also be used instead of dry ginger powder. The recipe is more of a guide, you can always adjust the ingredients to suit your taste buds.

Read on for the recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups water
  • 4 tablespoons powdered jaggery or adjust per taste
  • 1 teaspoon dry ginger powder
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • A pinch of ground cardamom or two cardamom pods lightly crushed

Method:

  1. In a big bowl, add the water and powdered jaggery. Mix well with a spoon. I get jaggery powder and it’s free of impurities, so I don’t have to filter it out. You will have to filter if the jaggery you are using has some impurities.
  2. Add the ginger powder , cardamom and 2 teaspoons of lemon juice. Taste test and add the remaining one teaspoon if needed.
  3. Refrigerate until the time of serving.

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