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
1 - 2 tablespoons
water, if needed
Indian chaat masala, plus more to garnish
kala namak (Indian sulfur salt)
black pepper, optional
honey or sweetener of your choice
mint leaves, plus a few more for garnish
In the mortar & pestle add in the honey, mint leaves, ginger, salt & black salt and grind to a smooth paste.
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.
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.
• 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