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Here Are Some Really Cool Drinks for Iftar

All you need is a blender!

By Ariba Rafiq

Nothing’s more boring than sticking to the old school lal sharbat our grandmothers love to make. Despite having so many interesting options at hand, we are yet to understand the phenomenon behind bloating ourselves to the point of no return with the sickeningly sweet mixture at iftar. Some people add chia seeds to it to trick themselves into believing that it’s healthy. (Who are you kidding?) Our question for you is: Why bore yourself with lal sharbat when you can have mango flavoured lassi instead? While you feel miserable about your boring choice of drink, we’ll delve into the world of interesting quick-fix pick-me-ups!

Some are healthy, some have a cup full of sugar, but rest assured they’re going to blow your mid-week blues away with one quick swig!

Falsa Juice

Falsa is probably the most interesting fruit out there with its sweet and sour taste. The minuscule ball full of flavor is a natural cooling agent and we suggest you make the most out of this seasonal fruit.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 kg falsay
  • 1 litre water
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 tbsp. of salt

Blend all the ingredients in a blender (it couldn’t have sounded more obvious). Then separate the seeds with the help of a fine sieve or a malmal cloth and finally garnish with mint leaves to serve!

Mango Lassi

Sigh. Magic is bound to happen when you put two of our favourite words together: lassi and mango. It is a widely acknowledged belief that lassi puts you to sleep, so make sure you try this drink when your evening is absolutely free.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup chopped mango
  • 4 teaspoons of sugar (or to taste)
  • A dash of ground cardamom (optional)

Blend all the ingredients for two minutes to get a smooth as silk semi-liquid, then garnish it with cardamom. The added advantage of this beverage is that you can keep it refrigerated for up to 24 hours so you won’t have to see that dreaded kitchen of yours for long.

Peach Juice

If you’re a calorie conscious individual then we have the utmost respect for you. Hence, we bring you this peach juice for iftar which is quite low in terms of calories and scores high when it comes to taste.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 kg peach
  • 1 kg sugar
  • 1 cup water

Remember, it’s all about blending! Put all your ingredients in a blender, press the button, and Ta Da!

Date Shake

Moving on, we have this slightly shady sounding beverage which has the power to instantly energize you. After fasting for almost fifteen hours, one is left deflated and lethargic, but this shake promises to give you the much-needed boost.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • ¼ cup dates – deseeded and chopped.
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 720ml milk
  • 1 cup crushed ice

At the cost of sounding like a broken record, just blend all the ingredients together and serve!

Mint Lemonade

It is one of the classic refreshing drinks and restaurant menus seem incomplete without this one.  You’ll never get tired of it!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • Ice cubes
  • 1 2/3 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons of mint leaves
  • 1 lemon, sliced 1/4-inch thick (we need the skin for that slightly bitter taste)

Add everything in the blender except for the ice cubes and blend away. Then add the ice cubes and do one quick round to (semi) crush the ice before serving it in a mason jar!