Summer is happening here in full swing. I not only feel it but I can also hear it. The hustle bustle in the neighborhood, pools are never empty, kids running around screaming and playing almost all day long. This unquestionably screams summer vacation. It does get a little too noisy at times but I love the long daylight and even though it feels like the heat can nearly burn the skin, the wind fortunately helps us stay calm in between. We have few things planned out for us this summer but let’s see how far that goes. For now, let’s take out some ice cubes and sip something cool!
I am not much of a cocktail or smoothie person. Fresh fruit juice, ice coffee/tea and sometimes, fruit lassi are my most preferred thirst quenchers apart from water and occasional soda. I am not counting hot beverage here, because my morning has to start with masala chai. And that story I will save for another time. Today, I am talking about cold drinks to sip when temperature shoots to nineties and a sunny day doesn’t sound fun any more. Ice-cold water helps me to stay hydrated but a reviving flavorful drink improves my mood too! Yeah, I can get little cranky when it gets too warm.
It’s very easy to buy syrup from the market but it’s always more fun to make it at home. All you need is fresh ingredients and a little bit of imagination to play around. The other day, I started out to make ginger syrup and ended on a zestier, perfumed note with stalky lemon grass and fresh basil. It was a striking flavor blend and when mixed with couple of lemon wedges, ice cubes and sparkling water, the brutal nineties felt more bearable, even if for a while!
A little flavor, a list zest and a little fizz made this one of my favorite quick summer drinks. Happy Summer you guys!
for the syrup
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup freshly grated ginger
- 2 stalks lemon grass, finely chopped
- 10 fresh basil leaves.
for the spritzer
- lemon wedges
- sparkling water
- ice cubes
- In a deep pan, add all ingredients for the syrup and bring it a boil. Allow it to simmer at medium heat for 5 minutes.
- Switch off the heat, cover the pan and allow it to steep for 15 minutes. Once cooled to room temperature, strain and store it in an airtight jar.
- For making the spritzer, drop some ice cubes in a glass, pour little bit of the syrup, followed by sparkling water and some lemon wedges.
If you don't find lemon grass, add two lemon peels while making the syrup.