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5 healthy welcome drinks

By JYOTI NEGI
Last updated on: November 13, 2020 17:35 IST
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This year, let's face it; the festival may end up being a little different.

People are avoiding big parties and gatherings. Instead, most of us will be celebrating at home with a smaller group of family and friends.

Jyoti Negi, expert, Momspresso, shows you how to delight your guests with simple fruit shakes:

Kindly note photographs are posted only for representational reasons. Photographs for recipes 1 to 4: Kind courtesy Wikimedia Commons

Dragon fruit Smoothie

Dragonfruit smoothie

Dragon fruit known as Pitaya is a nutritious vibrant fruit that can benefit your body and your taste buds.

Serves: Two

Ingredients

  • 1 ripe red dragon fruit (Peel and cut into cubes)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 ripe banana
  • Honey to taste (optional)

Method

  • Blend everything in a blender.
  • The consistency must be smooth without lumps.
  • Pour into tall glasses and serve.

Orange Mocktail

Orange mocktail

Ingredients

  • 1 cup orange juice (fresh)
  • 1 cup club soda
  • 1/2 freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 4-5 mint leaves
  • 2 orange slices for garnish
  • Few ice cubes

Method

  • In blender add orange juice lemon juice and mint leaves.
  • Blend and strain the mixture into two serving glasses.
  • Top each glass with ½ cup of club soda.
  • Garnish with orange slices and mint leaves.

Raspberry Lemonade

Raspberry Lemonade

Ingredients

  • 1 cup raspberry fresh
  • 1/2 lemon
  • Fresh mint leaves
  • Soda or plain water
  • Sugar syrup or honey (optional)
  • Ice cubes

Method

  • In a pan cook raspberries for 4-5 minutes. Mash it to form a fine paste.
  • Put paste in blender to make a smooth puree.
  • In a glass take puree, add ice, squeeze lemon.
  • Garnish with fresh lime discs and some fresh raspberries.
  • Add soda or water and give it a stir.

Watermelon Mocktail

Watermelon Mocktail

Ingredients

  • 4 mint leaves
  • 2 slices cucumber
  • 2 cups fresh watermelon cut in cubes
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • Soda water
  • Ice cubes

Method

  • Blend all the ingredients together to form a thick consistency.
  • In a glass take puree, add ice and squeeze lemon.
  • Garnish with fresh cucumber slices.

Banana Smoothie

Banana Smoothie

Photograph: Hitesh Harisinghani/Rediff.com

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sliced banana
  • 2 cup yogurt
  • 2 cup milk
  • 2 tbsp honey ( optional )
  • Ice cubes

Method

  • Put all ingredients in a blender.
  • Blend until smooth, adding more milk if needed to reach desired frothy consistency.
  • Pour in a tall glass and serve.


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