Mumbai Food: Remixed Nimbu pani to add in your must-try summer coolers list

Updated: Apr 16, 2019, 17:28 IST | Dhara Vora Sabhnani

Keep cool, by sipping on these quirky new versions of the humble lemonade this summer

Mumbai Food: Remixed Nimbu pani to add in your must-try summer coolers list
Indian masala lemonade

When life gives you lemons, make nimbu pani, especially in this heat. Lemon, water, sugar and a little masala — the simple desi lemonade is the muse for restaurants and bars across the city this summer. From variants using activated charcoal to colourful berries, nimbu pani, version 2.0, should be on your must-try summer coolers list.

Masaledar cooler

Pankaj Gupta
Pankaj Gupta

The beauty of the lemonade is such that an extra ingredient can completely change the flavour of the drink, which in this case is tamarind. The Indian masala lemonade at this restaurant is made with chaat masala, roasted coriander seeds, lime, sparkling water and the star ingredient, tamarind syrup. The restaurant also serves a bael and jaggery julep, made with vodka, bael concentrate, red jaggery, lemongrass syrup, lime juice, fresh mint and soda. “The use of bael, tamarind, coriander seeds and jaggery has been integral to our culture since ancient times. These ingredients keep us from using readymade syrups and artificial flavours, and add to the aroma of the drink. The natural sugar makes the flavours more robust,” says Pankaj Gupta, owner and bar mixologist at Taftoon Bar and Kitchen.

At: Taftoon, G Block, BKC, Bandra East.
Time: Noon to 12.30 am
Call: 49735748
Cost: Rs 299 plus taxes

It’s pink

Pink lemonade
Pink lemonade

If you love every-thing pink, call for the pink lemonade where cranberries lend a beautiful colour and flavour to the usual drink. Monaz Irani, co-founder and chef of Plate & Pint, says, “With the onset of summer, constant hydration is a must. The pink lemonade can be a saviour, as it helps re-energise the body that gets drained of minerals in the heat.”

Monaz Irani
Monaz Irani

At: Plate & Pint, Dhunabad, Bhulabhai Desai Road.
Time: 8.30 am to 11.30 pm
Call: 7045361991
Cost: Rs 170

Berry good

Strawberry Lemonade
Strawberry Lemonade

Love strawberries? Call for the strawberry lemonade at this restaurant, made with Sprite, soda, lime juice and strawberries. “Nothing screams summer more than a mix of the fresh flavours of strawberry and lemon. The sweet and tartness of this drink makes it a favourite, especially during warmer days,” says Garrimella Vishwanath Venkat, senior mixologist, Farzi Cafe, Mumbai.

Garrimella Vishwanath Venkat
Garrimella Vishwanath Venkat

At: Farzi Cafe, all Outlets in Mumbai.
Call: 8433942801 (Kamala Mills)
Cost: Rs 245 plus taxes

Purple haze

Butterfly pea iced tea
Butterfly pea iced tea

For this cocktail, the butterfly pea flower is roasted with cinnamon and star anise, and then added to the lemonade. “The colour and splendour of the flower add a magical twist to the lemonade. When the exotic flowers come in contact with the lime in the lemonade, it turns their natural blue colour to a pretty purple,” says Sachin Tushmad, bar manager at Nara.

Sachin Tushmad
Sachin Tushmad

At: Nara, Raheja Tower, BKC.
Time: Noon to 4 pm, 7 pm to 1 am
Call: 61378080
Cost: Rs 350 plus taxes

Black magic

Charcoal lemonade
Charcoal lemonade

This black lemonade is naturally sweetened with local organic honey, and it gets its colour and goodness from activated charcoal. “We believe in food that nourishes the body without compromising on the taste. When it comes to the lemonade, activated charcoal has detoxifying properties and its flavour does not affect the taste and satiety level. So, you get the flavours of a traditional lemonade but with added benefits,” says Vijay Mohit, restaurant manager, The Pantry.

Vijay Mohit
Vijay Mohit

At: The Pantry, Kala Ghoda, Fort.
Time: 8.30 am to 11.30 pm
Call: 22678901
Cost: Rs 145 plus taxes

From the Malabar coast

Malabar Cooler

When Darren Crawford, beverage director at Americano, wanted to have a vodka-based drink for Mumbai’s heat on the menu, the simplicity of nimbu pani inspired him to create Malabar cooler. It’s made with vodka, cucumber, mint, lime, muskmelon, soda water and pebble ice. “Yes, many bars are crushing ice, but none have an amazing Japanese machine [Hoshizaki]. The act of crushing ice produces friction, the heat from which ultimately causes the ice to melt slightly and then refreeze onto itself, and clump together. The cocktail was designed to appeal to a wide range of people and keep them cool during these warmer months,” says Crawford.

Darren Crawford
Darren Crawford

At: Americano 123, Nagindas Master Road, Kala Ghoda.
Time: Monday to Saturday, 7 pm to midnight; Sunday, noon to 5 pm and 7 pm to midnight
Call: 22647700
Cost: Rs 700 plus taxes

A fruity martini

Lemonberry martini
Lemonberry martini

While Bond might prefer his martinis shaken, Mumbai’s summers urge us to take the fruity route. The lemonberry martini is made with raspberry and cranberry, in addition to vodka, vanilla and lemon. “Our mixology programme is based on the philosophy of fresh and eclectic. In this cocktail, we’ve added a fruity, refreshing twist to the quintessential summer drink. The berries and vanilla that act as natural sweeteners, balance out the sourness of the lemonade,” says Merwyn Alphonso, bar shift manager at Yauatcha.

Merwyn Alphonso
Merwyn Alphonso

At: Yauatcha, Raheja Tower, First Floor, BKC, Bandra East.
Time: Noon to 1 am
Call: 9222222800
Cost: Rs 950 plus taxes

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