Diwali is round the corner and it is one of my favourite festivals of all times. For me Diwali is just more festive than the other Indian festivals. All the diyas and rangolis and new clothes are full of vibrance and are peppy. Of course, not to forget the mouth-watering foods those are an integral part of the festival. I just cannot pick my favourite food because I love the Gujiyas and the Mathias and all the sweets equally, if that is even possible!
The one thing that stands out in Diwali is the visits to everybody’s house. I remember as a kid I used to go on Diwali day to every house in my building to wish the uncles and aunts a ‘Happy Diwali’ and return with loads of toffees and a bad throat from all the soft drinks. Now the times have changed and I normally end up being served Tang.
This year though, I want to move on from the normal store brought drinks and serve something, which is not so generic. I am thinking of some exciting mocktails. Of course, most of us think that mocktails are not so easy to make and a complete waste of a drink when you do not add alcohol to it. But since Diwali is a very auspicious festival among the Hindus, most of the times drinking alcohol is avoided, so in times like those mocktails comes to the rescue.
Fret not; mocktails are not something to fuss over. They are the easiest thing to make and are very quick too; you just need to keep a few thing handy and have some things prepared in advance. The most important one being, ice, of course. The main motive of a mocktail is the relief from the unrelenting heat and the coolness that soothes your throat.
So here is a very easy and quick mocktail.
Ingredients (For 1 glass):
- 1½ tbsp – Monin Mint Mojito syrup
- 1 tbsp – lemon
- ¼ tsp – black salt
- Salt to taste
- Lemon wedges and mint leaves to garnish
- In a bowl mix together Monin mojito syrup, lemon, salt and black salt.
- Take a glass and put around ½ cup crushed ice.
- Pour this prepared syrup over it
- Add a few mint leaves that you have torn with hand.
- Top it up with sprite and stir it well.
- Decorate with lemon wedges and serve immediately.
Note: You can add any citric fruit to the mixture to make a flavored mojito. Strawberry goes amazingly well with the drink and so does orange.
Have a happy and chilled Diwali, y’all! 🙂