Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Spicy Lemonade with Garden Fresh Mint


My Creative Flavors welcomes spring with its new look,  saying good bye to winters in one breath. 

And what better way to welcome spring than making some thing chilled and refreshing from the best nature has to offer. Talking of Nature, I'm in love with all my potted plants and this small pot of Mint is really special to me.....! 

I have been nurturing it like a little baby in my living room all through these dry winters. Now as the spring has sprung, so my pots and me are back in action. This weekend I spend the whole day weeding my old ones and sowing flowers in the new ones. Planting pots is a great small contribution to conserve environment, and for me the best stress buster activity. I love hanging out with my plants in my tiny balcony overlooking some great views.

Grow greens in your backyard to enjoy fresh greens in your platter !!!


Oh, so Mint-i-licious !!!!!!

Lemons and mint in a drink make an ultimate combo. Just few fresh sprigs of mint straight from your tiny pot to a glass of fresh lemon juice and yogurt is thoroughly refreshing and rejuvenating to mind and soul. Lemons are regarded as natures boon by ayurveda for their awesome healing and antiseptic properties in need of fever, indigestion or dental ailments. Lemons are a wonderful source of natural vitamin C and add perfect zing in the curries, desserts or pickles. There are myraid benefits of drinking lemons everyday. I like to kick start my day with a glass of fresh lemon juice and honey and there is nothing like picking up some fresh lemons from the backyard for the best flavor. 

Here is the easiest and the healthiest home made drink with lemons and fresh sprigs of mint straight from the pot with some toasted peppercorns to add spice to this great combo.

Ingredients:
Lemons : 2 
Fresh Mint sprigs : 2-3
Honey : 1 tsp or Sugar/Sugar Syrup to taste
Salt : A pinch 
Black peppercorns : few to season
Cumin Powder : 1/4 Tsp

My bag of lemons caught my attention early on in the shoot !


Can you see these lemons peeking out ?

Method: -
Squeeze the fresh juice from lemons into a bowl.
Add honey or sugar to taste & a pinch of salt.



Lightly toast few peppercorns in a skillet and toss them in.
One ingredient that will make that will bring all these flavors together is fresh roasted cumin powder. 
Add a pinch & stir.



Add the lemon juice mix to water.
I like to add it in a glass of warm water in the morning and chilled water at other times of the day. 

My Lemonade is almost done, and doesn't it look Lovely !!!


Add Ice as you like it, alternatively to add some twist you can, crush few mint leaves in mortar & pestle,
and add it to the ice tray for lively green ice cubes.



Lemonade is ready by tossing ice cubes and a sprig of fresh mint straight from the pot, a perfect drink to start a rejuvenating day.... !!!




I loved my refreshing combo, hope you like it too !!!
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Cheers..... !!!!!!

Sharing this post with Slightly Indulgent Tuesday, 3/22/11; Hearth and Soul Hop, Volume 40;
http://allthesmallstuff-cole.blogspot.com/Tuesdays at the Table; Lets do Brunch

71 comments:

Krishan said...

What an appetizing chilled
and healthy lemonade drink. Marvelous photographs oozing the sweet and spicy fragrance of fresh mint from the garden It is great pleasure to keep up with the website.

GeethuSathiyaN said...

Hi sonia,ur clicks r so tempting!!Very good creativity,another version of tangy lemonade :)nice work...

Panchpakwan said...

Wow so fresh and delicious..and what a wonderful presentation and clicks..

Reshmi Mahesh said...

Refreshing drink...with spicy(mint),tangy and sweet flavours mixed in...

notyet100 said...

luv the addition of mint,..perfect clicks,.

Torviewtoronto said...

beautiful summer drink looks delicious

aipi said...

I was refreshed merely looking at your pictures! A real thirst quencher..


US Masala

Shobha said...

Refreshing drink...loved the pics.

Molly @ Toffee Bits and Chocolate Chips said...

oh yum! Looks like a cross between a mojito and lemonade- two of my favs!

shruti said...

Ever Best Refreshening Drink made extra special by you

Krithi's Kitchen said...

Adore your clicks... So colorful and refreshing drink...

http://krithiskitchen.blogspot.com
Herbs & Flowers in my Platter - Coriander/Cilantro

Swathi said...

Delicious drink and awesome clicks.

Sonia said...

Thanks everybody ! The drink is really refreshing, do give it a try...

Raji said...

Refreshing drink Sonia..definitely a perfect thirst quencher..I guess I would be making this very often as the weather is turning really hot here..loved your mint plant too.

Parsley Sage said...

Your photos are glorious! I just drooled all over my keyboard :)

Vidhya said...

What a refreshing drink.Awesome pictures.

Priya said...

Your clicks are really feast to eyes, refreshing drink..

Only Fish Recipes said...

very refreshing ! your clicks and presentations are too good !there's much to learn from u :-)

Cooking Rookie said...

Peppercorns in a lemonade... mmm... sounds very intriguing. I should try it. Beautiful photos by the way :-)

Susan said...

I cannot wait for the first day that I've been working in the garden and come in hot and tired! THIS is going to be my elixir! Looks so refreshing, Sonia!

Al Dente Gourmet said...

What a Delicious and healthy way to start the day! :)

Beautiful shoots,

Cheers,

Aldy.

Martha (MM) said...

So yummy and your photography is just so amazing! I talking WOW!!!

Sonia said...

Thanks guys for liking this refreshing glass of lemonade... !

Pandora said...

Who would have thought that a glass of nimbu paani can look so spellbinding!! Your shots are excellent! Wish I could photograph like this.

I love Chandigarh. My brother works there and I have fond memories of visiting Chandigarh.
My first time on your blog and certainly not the last. :)

sliceofmylyfe said...

Who would have thought that a glass of nimbu paani can look so spellbinding!! Your shots are excellent! Wish I could photograph like this.

I love Chandigarh. My brother works there and I have fond memories of visiting Chandigarh.
My first time on your blog and certainly not the last. :)

March 22, 2011 10:11 PM

yummychunklet said...

Your photos look amazing! I love the bright green of the mint and yellow of your lemons! Thanks for commenting on my blog. I've added yours to my Google Reader and look forward to reading your future posts.

Biren @ Roti n Rice said...

This drink looks so refreshing! Your pictures are gorgeous!

fresh lemons said...

You have gifted us with the perfect fragrance and flavor of spring — lemonade with garden fresh mint to boot. Absolutely splendid. What a fabulous lemonade recipe! I liked it so much that I forwarded it to several friends. Just reading your description not only makes me crave lemonade but it strikes up nostalgic memories of many summers ago when my grandmother got all of us kids together to roll and pound the lemons to make the lemons juicier just before she made fresh lemonade.

As Betty Wrenn Day likes to say, "The lemon is the quintessential fruit that makes food sparkle. It has become synonymous with the word refreshing."

Thank you also for these exceptional vivid photographs.

Lindsey

Kankana said...

such beautiful pics and awsm composition! If only it stops raining in Bay area I could go and made those refreshing drinks!

foodies at home said...

My spring mint is just starting to pop up from the wet muddy ground and I can't wait to try it in some fresh lemonade!

Sandra said...

What a great way to serve and spice up a lemonade! Fantastic! I love your photos too!

Purnima@a creative project said...

Your photographs are as refreshing as the drink itself!! Wow!! Love your blog!!!

Prathima Rao said...

Totally refreshing drink & awesome photography!!
Prathima Rao
Prats Corner

Dimah said...

This looks really refreshing! Great photos!

Dani @ Moderate Oven said...

My mint isn't up yet, but it will be one of the first signs that spring is really here. (Spring isn't here yet, where I am.) I can't wait to try this drink. As always, your photos are stunning.

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

Oooh, that sounds so delciously refreshing. It's a lovely warm day here and how I'd LOVE a big glass of your lemonade. We have mint in our garden so I can't wait to try this!

And I LOVE your pictures too. They're great!

Sarahx

Sonia said...

I whole heartedly thank each one of you for sparing time and leaving a note of admiration on the lemonade!

Tiffany said...

Great recipe, I've never thought to make it spicy... I also have a special mint plant that I am trying to keep going, it was one of the center pieces at our wedding! Love your blog and your photos are gorgeous!

Kiran @ KiranTarun.com said...

Awesome photography and a great recipe :) This reminded me about my potted herbs. Time to pot more for summer :)

Delishhh said...

Ok i think i have to make a quick starbucks run so i can get my thirst quench taken care of, not that it will have anything as good like this recipe :)

Eva said...

These photos are absolutely lovely! Lemonade is my absolute favorite beverage. On a hot day, nothing tastes as good. Will have to try this recipe out as soon as the weather turns up :)

Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking said...

What a great combination of flavors, Sonia! This is one spring/summer drink I cannot wait to try. Thanks for sharing!

tigerfish said...

I wish I could say good bye to winter but the weather (rains, winter storm warning) is not making me do so.

Well, at least I could say hello to mint and lemon in a spicy minty lemonade :P

Suman Singh said...

Wow, wow, and wow...Amazing pics!
And lemonade looks refreshing and delicious..lovely presentation too.

~~louise~~ said...

It does look lovely Sonia. I plan on experimenting with all kinds of minty lemony creations this year.

I've shied away from mint for so long because it has a tendency to ramble. My solution? Pots. Pots keep it tame and I can grow all I want.

Yours looks delightful and I'm so glad I dropped by for a "taste."

Thank you so much for sharing...I've had a wonderful visit.

Have you ever tried lemon scented geranium minty tea? Oh gosh...

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Lemonade with Mint looks so tangy and refreshing. Thanks for sharing this wonderful method.
Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

All That's Left Are The Crumbs said...

Fantastic recipe and your photos are stunning. Congratulations on the Top 9!

girlichef said...

Wow, these photos are absolutely gorgeous and make me wish I could actually reach in and grab a refreshing glass for myself. Wonderful =) I hope that you'll link up to BSI (Blogger Secret Ingredient) which I'm hosting this week...because the secret ingredient is LEMONS! It's here: http://www.girlichef.com/2011/03/lemon-bars-and-bsi-lemons-announcement.html if you're interested.

manu said...

It's spring! So fresh! ♥ LOL ♥

Mike said...

I will absolutely be making this. Fantastic!

kavitha said...

Really refreshing!!.Love your clicks..

Sonia said...

Thanks to you all for liking the lemonade and the pictures...Best regards, My Creative flavors !!!

J L Health 918-836-0565 said...

I have been on a lemonade kick for the past several days so I'm looking forward to trying this one out!

Fantastic post and thanks for sharing at the hearth and soul hop.

visda said...

So refreshing. I also grow my own herbs and I enjoy every single one of them. Also love your gorgeous pictures. Thanks for sharing.

Krissyp said...

Such a nice way to celebrate spring. Just beautiful. I want to grow mint now. Amazing photography.

Hind said...

What an appetizing and refreshing drink!!!!Presentation and shots classical. Congrats to be on top 1.

alex said...

It looks perfect for a hot day. Unfortunately, around my way the weather is not yet quite so warm. But I shall store away your drink for the summer. Cheers.

Hovkonditorn said...

So refreshing!

Angie's Recipes said...

Very very refreshing and cool! Those photos look awesome.

girlichef said...

Yay! Thank you so much for sharing this with BSI:Lemons...I honestly cannot look at these luscious photos enough :D

Michele@FitFoodista said...

Hello Sonia,
Thanks so much for visiting Fit Foodista and commenting. Your blog is new to me; but today will definitely be the start of some serious blog photo envy!

My Creative Flavors is absolutely stunning :)

Best,
Michele

egb said...

Beautiful pics! I'm all into throwing fresh herbs in my drinks too! I think its a spring thing!

Kate @ Diethood.com said...

Oh my! This is the best, most elegant lemonade I have ever seen. And your photos are gorgeous!!!

Congrats on Top 9!

megi said...

Your photos are amazing and the lemonade sounds and looks so refreshing!

Renee said...

Sonia...this looks amazing! it's starting to get hot here in the Middle East and I'm going to try ur version of lemonade sooon! And oh yea, ur clicks already refreshed me!

Sonia said...

Thanks so much guys for loving the lemonade... !!!

Santosh Bangar said...

tempting refreshing drink clicks are fantastic
1st time here wonderful blog do visit my blog

A little bit of everything said...

the lemonade sounds so refreshing
Your photos are absolutely stunning. Thanks for sharing

Cristina, from Buenos Aires to Paris said...

Wow!! Amazing post..so fresh! I had never thought of adding pepper to a lemonade! Good!!

April @ The 21st Century Housewife said...

I have never had lemonade with that kind of spices in it - it sounds really intriguing! I love your photographs as well, they are just gorgeous. Thank you for linking this recipe to Let's Do Brunch. Your lemonade- hot or cold - would be a fabulous drink to accompany any brunch. I hope you will come by and link up to Let's Do Brunch again today.

Sticky Penguin said...

That looks simply delicious, Sonia - so fresh and bright. Perfect for a perk-up on the weekend! Love the new look, too, and thanks for dropping by for a visit - lovely to hear from you.

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