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This year summer has been unusually hot everywhere in the US. Summer also means that you want to spend more time outdoors. Thus remaining hydrated is very important. Earlier this summer I had visited India and while visiting with some friends at a restaurant there everyone ordered the highly popular ‘sweet lemon soda’. I asked the waiter if he could make it salted instead. When my order came, it was not only salted, it had a tinge of fresh mint in it as well! Also instead of regular salt, black salt was added. Oh, it tasted amazing! I made a mental note to add this to my list of recipes to try once I was back home!
When I first tried to make this recipe at home, I also wanted to add a bit of fresh ginger. So I decided to chop up the lemons into pieces, take the seeds and the rind off and then blitz the lemon pieces with the fresh ginger and the mint leaves in a blender to coarsely crush it and then strain it to get the juice. I found this process to be easier than squeezing fresh lemon juice and then pounding the fresh ginger and the mint leaves by hand.
This savory lemon soda is wonderfully refreshing on a hot summer day but you can drink it pretty much anytime of the year!
- 1 large juicy fresh lemon
- 4-6 fresh mint leaves
- ½ inch by ½ inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled
- ¼ cup filtered water
- ⅛ teaspoon black salt (Kala Namak) or any sea salt
- 6-8 ice cubes
- About 4 oz of sparkling mineral water
- Cut the lemon into 4 pieces. Cut the rind from each piece. Also remove all the seeds from the pieces.Add them to a blender.
- Add the fresh mint and the ginger as well. Add the water and blend for 30 seconds (don't blend for too long)
- Pour this mixture through a large strainer or a nut milk bag or cheesecloth to collect the juice.
- Transfer the blended juice to a tall serving glass. Add the black salt 9or the sea salt) and the ice cubes. Add the sparkling water to fill the glass up. Serve immediately.