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Friday, 22 July 2011

Almond Mint Drink

The weather in this part of the world is pretty decent these days, warm and sunny, with interspersed bouts of clouds and some rain. Both my husband and I spend our free time, whenever we can, in our small garden. Last Sunday, when we were having our evening tea and enjoying the nice sunny day in the garden, we suddenly saw a reddish-brownish flurry of movement - it was a large squirrel, a cute little furry thing, on about its search for nuts and other eatables. It hopped about from one place to another and inspected our garden. And finally found something to eat and decided to stay still for a minute in one place...Quicker than the squirrel, my hubby ran off to get the camera, to capture this beautiful little thing. He did manage to get a few good photos. 



 Isn't it cute? :-) 


This drink was made one such warm sunny day last week and was indeed quite refreshing. A perfect way to beat the heat. 


The mint and almond combination in a drink is unique in it's own way and the taste is great. Thanks to my mom for this recipe - moms are the best cooks, aren't they?

Ingredients

1/2 cup - mint leaves, chopped
1/8 cup - almonds
3 pieces - cloves
3 pieces - cardamom
1 1/2 tbsp - sugar (adjust according to your taste)
1 1/2 cup - water + a little to soak
almond slivers to garnish

Method
  1. Soak together the almonds, cloves and cardamom for 3-4 hours.
  2. Remove the water. 
  3. Grind together the almonds, cloves, cardamom, mint leaves and sugar using  some water. 
  4. Sieve/press through a muslin cloth and extract all the liquid and keep aside. Reserve the residue.
  5. Put the residue back into the mixer and grind again using little water and sieve again.
  6. Put the drink in the refrigerator to chill.
  7. Garnish the drink with the almond slivers and serve.
Serves : 2


Enjoy!

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