Beneath these green mountains where spring rules the year, the irbarbutus
and loquat in season appear, and feasting on lychee, 300 a day, I shouldn’t
mind staying eternally here.

Su Shih, Chinese poet

Summer is at it’s peak in Lahore, with maximum temperature going up to 46 degrees C. The blessing in summers is the abundance of lovely, juicy fruits –
nature’s way of compensating for the torturous heat. It would be sheer waste of such plentiful boon if we don’t use it creatively in our diet.

Drinks take up major portion of whatever eatables we consume during a hot day so we need to drink our calories wisely. Lychee Lemonade is my effort to combine some cool, summery ingredients into one yummy drink like lychees, lemons and mint.

The soft and pulpy fruit of Lychee, encased in a rough textured skin, is truly unique in the world of fruits. It’s very juicy and mildly aromatic which makes it perfect as a dessert fruit. Lychee is loaded with tremendous health benefits, like boosting the immune system, improving digestion and blood circulation, building strong bones and healthy skin, lowering blood pressure, aiding in weight loss by optimizing metabolic activities.

Honey replaces white sugar in this Lychee Lemonade. Ginger and cumin add a big punch of flavour.

Ingredients:

20 lychees, peeled and pitted
3 cans plain soda or 3 glasses water
2 tablespoons honey
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup mint leaves
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 inch piece ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste
24 ice cubes

This Is What You Do:

Add all the ingredients in a food processor and whiz till the drink is slushy and frothy .

To serve dip the rim of the glasses in honey and then coarse salt. Pour Lychee Lemonade in glasses. Add a sprig of mint and a peeled lychee or lemon slice on top.

Serves 4

2 Replies to “Lychee Lemonade”

  1. Thanks Loretta for visiting the page 🙂 these many doses would make a pitcher. Hmmm , so you shall have to wait till Christmas for lychees ! I won’t recommend the canned ones that are in heavy syrup…takes the real taste out of the fruit…but if you can find canned ones that aren’t sweetend, maybe they will be worth a try !

  2. I have a question for you: how many servings with these doses?
    The only problem for me in this season is to have lychees. In Italy we find them easily only at Christmastime
    Ciao Maria :))

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