Lychee Ginger Cooler

It was a fry-day yesterday in Delhi. The temperature is hitting a sizzling 47 degrees and no respite seems to be in site. What to do in this scorching sun? Well, take a refreshing drink, pour some ice and sit inside an air conditioned room with your feet up! 

Presenting a delightful summer cooler with natural flavours of lychee, ginger, basil(!) and of course, lemon.

Ingredients (For 2 glasses)

10 Lychees, deseeded
1 tbsp grated ginger
4 tsp sugar
1 tbsp lemon juice
5-6 leaves of basil plus more for presentation


1. Grind the lychee pulp and strain to get just the pure sweet juice.

2. In about 1/2 cup of water, heat the grated ginger, basil leaves and sugar till sugar completely melts. Boil the water for about 5 - 10 minutes. Let it cool (~15 minutes).

3. Strain and add the above liquid to the lychee juice. Now add the lemon juice and the concentrate is ready.

4. Fill up a glass with ice cubes and add the concentrate to fill the glass 3/4th. Top it with Soda and the refreshing cooler is ready!

Garnish with a few basil leaves. Or even better - spike it with a bit of vodka!



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