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Recipes: Funky summer coolers

April 19, 2021 12:39 IST
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Easy-to-make, fun drinks by Sonali Mullick, mixologist at Hitchki, Mumbai.

Photograph: Kind courtesy Hitchki

Doodh Jaise Safedi Lassi Se Aayee

It is a super-refreshing drink of curd, saffron syrup, a pinch of salt and malai peda.

Serves: 2-4


  • 500 ml hung curd
  • 8 strands of kesar or saffron
  • 4 malai peda, a kind of milk sweet available at local sweet shops
  • 15 ml sugar syrup
  • A pinch of salt
  • 2 gm lecite powder for the foam topping, available in gourmet shops or online
  • 20 ml kesar or saffron syrup for the foam topping
  • Tall lassi glasses for serving


  • Blend the hung curd along with the malai peda, sugar syrup and salt in a blender to a smooth mixture.
  • Transfer contents into a tall lassi glass.
  • For the foam, mix the lecite powder and kesar syrup in a jar. A hand blender might be required to add air into the mixture.
  • Top the lassi glass with the foam before serving and garnish with saffron strands. Serve chilled.

Pudin Hara Ginito

This is a fusion drink of gin, kala namak and lemon.

Serves: 2


  • 60 ml gin
  • Few drops of liquid Pudin Hara, available in chemist shops or online
  • A pinch of kala namak or black salt
  • 15 mint leaves
  • 5 lime wedges
  • 20 ml sugar syrup
  • 30 ml soda
  • 30 ml Sprite
  • Ice
  • Pilsner glasses for serving
  • Dehydrated orange slices and Pudin Hara pearls for garnish


  • In a cocktail shaker, shake the gin, liquid Pudin Hara, black salt and sugar syrup together.
    Add the lime wedges and mint leaves and stir.  
  • Pour into a Pilsner glass, and serve topped with soda, Sprite or both.
    Add ice and garnish with orange slices and Pudin Hara pearls.      
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