Lemon, Ginger Sherbat, Mint ‘Twizzler’ (Serves 20)
with long pepper, cumin & clove – based on a drink my Aunt in Saharanpur, Uttar Pradesh used to make us when we returned home from a day’s exploring in the hot, sticky, dusty streets and surrounds of Northern India. Its sweetness revives, the ginger refreshes and spices gently soothe and tingle…It’s a brilliant drink! They would call a fizzy type drink a ‘sherbat’ as opposed to sherbet, as in the 80’s classic – Sherbet Dips, but they were great too!
What you need
300g cold water
700g caster sugar
50g root ginger, peeled, finely grated
2 lemons juiced, 120g lemon juice
6 cloves, whole, lightly crushed
10 long pepper, whole, lightly crushed
5g white cumin, ground
Fresh mint on the stalk, lower leaves stripped off, to garnish. Pick mint with a woody stork
How to make it
- To make the cordial, pour the water and sugar into a deep bottomed pan and gently heat over a medium flame to dissolve the sugar.
- Then, add all the other ingredients EXCEPT the lemon juice and simmer gently for about 5mins.
- Take off the heat allow to cool.
- Add the lemon juice.
- Then, strain with a sieve, bottle and chill the mixture.
- Mix the cordial with soda water. 1 part cordial to 4 or 5 parts water, depending on your personal preference.
- Garnish with fresh mint, serve and enjoy!!