Friday, June 3, 2011

Almond Mint Drink

The weather in this part of the world is pretty decent these days, warm and sunny, with interspersed bouts of clouds and some rain. Both my husband and I spend our free time, whenever we can, in our small garden. Last Sunday, when we were having our evening tea and enjoying the nice sunny day in the garden, we suddenly saw a reddish-brownish flurry of movement - it was a large squirrel, a cute little furry thing, on about its search for nuts and other eatables. It hopped about from one place to another and inspected our garden. And finally found something to eat and decided to stay still for a minute in one place...Quicker than the squirrel, my hubby ran off to get the camera, to capture this beautiful little thing. He did manage to get a few good photos. 


 Isn't it cute? :-) 


This drink was made one such warm sunny day last week and was indeed quite refreshing. A perfect way to beat the heat. 


The mint and almond combination in a drink is unique in it's own way and the taste is great. Thanks to my mom for this recipe - moms are the best cooks, aren't they?

Ingredients

1/2 cup - mint leaves, chopped
1/8 cup - almonds
3 pieces - cloves
3 pieces - cardamom
1 1/2 tbsp - sugar (adjust according to your taste)
1 1/2 cup - water + a little to soak
almond slivers to garnish

Method
  1. Soak together the almonds, cloves and cardamom for 3-4 hours.
  2. Remove the water. 
  3. Grind together the almonds, cloves, cardamom, mint leaves and sugar using  some water. 
  4. Sieve/press through a muslin cloth and extract all the liquid and keep aside. Reserve the residue.
  5. Put the residue back into the mixer and grind again using little water and sieve again.
  6. Put the drink in the refrigerator to chill.
  7. Garnish the drink with the almond slivers and serve.
Serves : 2


Enjoy!

29 comments:

  1. Refreshing indeed and nice ingredients ...

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  2. Yummy drink... very new combination and an awesome presentation:)
    Reva

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  3. Refreshing and unique combo...nice one dear.

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  4. Very cute looking squirrel. Also the milk drink looks so refreshing.

    Deepa
    Hamaree Rasoi

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  5. Hey Rachana,
    Yes the drink looks perfect especially for the hot Indian summer... And the squirrel is cute!!
    Have a great weekend:)

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  6. Wonderful click..cute squirrel. Drink looks refreshing, nice combo.

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  7. very nice drink..quirrel looks cute..

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  8. Beautiful squirrel clicks, almond and mint drink looks wonderful,quite a new combo..

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  9. nice and yummy drink and unique combo too. Cute clicks

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  10. Great photos of the squirrels, i love squirrels, they are so cute! And i love the almond and mint drink too! Brava!

    ciao
    Alessandra

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  11. Healthy and yummy drink.

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  12. Yummy and delicious recipe.. looks gr8 !!

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  13. Very delicious and healthy combination.. looks amazing.. thanks for the innovative recipe.. :)
    Indian Cuisine

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  14. Healthy drink..loved ur clicks!

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  15. Healthy refreshing drink dear...
    lovely clicks :)

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  16. Squirrel looks so cute..very nicely captured.
    Love the almond mint combo..sounds new but looks healthy and refreshing..

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  17. that squirrel looks so cute. Nice drink too :)

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  18. I love the photos of the cute squirls. And... hmmm... this looks like a drink I am gonna' have to make, soon!!!

    xx
    http://dakotad.com

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  19. Refreshing drink....perfectly made!!

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    http://yummytummy-aarthi.blogspot.com/2011/05/chocolate-recipe-and-chocolate.html

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  21. Cute little creature!
    Refreshing and great combination.
    Will definately try.

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  22. Lovely combination of Almonds and milk.. Nutritious and perfect to beat the heat!

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  23. he is so cute and new combo in drink!!

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  24. Its so very hot in calcutta, so the moment I saw this post, I bookmarked it n I tried it too. Just loved the great combination. Awesome. Thumbs up!

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  25. awww.....the squirrel's CUTE....luv the drink idea....!!!!

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  26. Thank you for the sweet comment. And you're welcome for the feedback I left previously. I love your work. :)

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  27. visiting your blog after a long break..so refreshing drink..I am happy to invite you to participate in our "Quick and Easy recipe mela" http://www.spicytasty.com/misc/quick-and-easy-recipe-mela/

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  28. One of the best things to have around for this sultry heat ~ love this totally :)
    US Masala

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  29. hey try now tea made from tulsi leaves..

    regards
    rahul

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