Past Christmas I invited my close family over for dinner. We actually don’t celebrate Christmas but we enjoy the festivities. I had a big menu planned (see below). I didn’t want to serve typical Indian food like dal, vegetable curry, roti and rice. I an happy to say that this menu was a big hit. Everyone was excited to eat each dish one after another.
This is a prefect virgin cocktail for the small get together. Since there was no hard drink, I decided to prepare something different for drinks. Orange juice is easy to serve but you won’t see people excited to drink orange juice so I decide to spice it up and serve in fancy glasses. Here is how I did it.
Preparation Time: less than 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 0 minutes
3 glass chilled orange juice
1 glass coconut water
1/2 apple cut in tiny bits
1/2 pear cut in tiny bits
2 to 3 pineapple slices cut in tiny bits
8-10 mint leaves
1 tsp chat masala
Small pinch of salt
To decorate rim of the glass:
Slice of lemon
1. Mix apple, pear and pineapple pieces in a ball. Add chopped mint leaves, chat masala and salt. Mix well and leave it in the fridge.
2. Mix sumac and sugar in a small plate. To rim the glass cut a lime or lemon wedge and moisten the rim with it; Dip the moistened top of glass in sumac sugar mixture. Prepare each glass following the same process and keep it on side.
3. When you are ready to serve, mix orange juice with coconut water. Fill each glass with 3 quarter with orange/coconut juice, add 1 tbsp fruit mixture you prepared before, top it with mint leaf and serve.
You can use any juice of your choice like guava, pineapple, mango or mix 2 juices. You can also use any seasonal fruits to add. To decorate the rim of the glass, I decided to make sweet mixture but you can also make something spicy.
One thing for sure, everyone will be excited to drink whatever you will serve in decorated glasses. It was a super hit at my house. Try it in your next gathering! Let me know if you have any question.
You can also check out many smoothie/juice ideas on my blog.
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