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Mint & Ginger Shikanji

December 15, 2020
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Photo by Amrutha Harsha Rao
  • Prep time 5 minutes
  • Cook time 10 minutes
  • Serves 1
Author Notes

Shikanji is a limeade that's made prominently in the Northern states in India to beat the arid summer heat.

Refreshing & bright the drink is perfectly balanced. With the tang from the limes, the freshness from the mint, the sweet pungency of the ginger, the funky flavors of the Indian sulfur salt, & the sweet floral notes of the honey, it hits all the notes perfectly!

Here’s my Shikanji recipe that I truly enjoy making any time of the year! —Amrutha Harsha Rao

What You'll Need
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 - 2 tablespoons water, if needed
  • 0.25 teaspoons salt
  • 0.5 teaspoons Indian chaat masala, plus more to garnish
  • 0.25 teaspoons kala namak (Indian sulfur salt)
  • 1 pinch black pepper, optional
  • 1 tablespoon honey or sweetener of your choice
  • 2 tablespoons mint leaves, plus a few more for garnish
  • ice cubes as needed
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 1 can soda
  • mortar & pestle
  • cocktail shaker
  • whiskey/cocktail glasses
  1. In the mortar & pestle add in the honey, mint leaves, ginger, salt & black salt and grind to a smooth paste.
  2. In your cocktail shaker add in lots of ice cubes, the prepared paste, chaat masala, lemon juice, and the water and shake until the outside of your shaker is cold.
  3. Add in ice and the mixture from the shaker & top with soda (about 3/4 - 1 can, depending on the size of your glass). Garnish with a pinch of chaat masala & a few sprigs of mint.
  4. Extra Tip • Replace the soda with either a lemon/lime soda or ginger ale. The sweetness from the soda is a good balance for the salt. If you do replace the plain soda with a sweetened one, leave out the honey to not make the drink overly sweet. • You can dip the rim in lemon juice and rim the glass with some chaat masala as well

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