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Watermelon and Mint Cooler

The Watermelon and Mint Cooler with Sekanjabeen is a delightful and refreshing summer drink that combines the lusciousness of watermelon with the unique flavour of sekanjabeen syrup. This invigorating beverage is the perfect way to beat the heat and indulge in a burst of vibrant flavours.

The star ingredient that elevates this drink to the next level is the Sekanjabeen syrup. Sekanjabeen is a traditional Persian syrup made from vinegar and sugar infused with aromatic herbs and spices. It adds a distinct and complex flavour profile, combining sweet, sour, and herbal notes. The syrup provides a unique depth of flavour to the Watermelon Cooler, making it a truly special and memorable beverage.

To serve, pour the watermelon mixture into an ice-filled pitcher or jar, and stir in the sekanjabeen syrup and lime juice. Fill a serving glass halfway with the watermelon mixture, top it off with the chilled ginger ale, and garnish with fresh mint sprigs for a refreshing aroma and a pop of green colour.

Benefits of Sekanjabeen: Sekanjabeen syrup offers various health benefits. The combination of vinegar and sugar provides a balance of sweet and sour flavours while promoting digestion. The herbal infusions in sekanjabeen can also have potential soothing and cooling properties, making it a great addition to a refreshing summer drink like the Watermelon Cooler. Moreover, sekanjabeen is believed to have antioxidant properties that can contribute to overall well-being.

Indulge in the Watermelon Cooler with Sekanjabeen, a drink that combines the natural sweetness of watermelon with the complex flavours of sekanjabeen syrup. It’s a delightful and invigorating beverage that will keep you refreshed during hot summer days while providing a unique taste experience. 

Basic Ingredients for Watermelon & Mint Cooler

Seedless Watermelon: The star ingredient of the Watermelon Cooler, watermelon provides a sweet and juicy base for the drink. It is hydrating and rich in vitamins A and C, as well as antioxidants.

Fresh Lime Juice: Lime juice adds a tangy and refreshing element to the drink, balancing the sweetness of the watermelon. It also provides a boost of vitamin C and adds a citrusy zing.

Sekanjabeen Syrup: Sekanjabeen syrup is a traditional Persian syrup made from vinegar and sugar, infused with herbs and spices. It adds a unique and complex flavour profile, combining sweetness, acidity, and herbal notes. The syrup enhances the overall taste of the drink and adds a touch of sophistication.

Ginger Ale: Ginger ale adds a sparkling and fizzy component to the cooler, providing effervescence and a subtle spiciness. It complements the other flavours and adds a refreshing twist to the drink.

Mint Sprigs: Mint sprigs are used as a garnish, adding a fresh and aromatic touch to the Watermelon Cooler. They provide a pleasant scent and a burst of herbal flavour.

alternative ingredients

Watermelon: If seedless watermelon is not available, you can use seeded watermelon and strain the puree to remove the seeds before using.

Fresh Lime Juice: In place of lime juice, you can use lemon juice for a slightly different citrus flavour.

Sekanjabeen Syrup: If you cannot find Sekanjabeen syrup, you can substitute it with other flavoured syrups like grenadine or fruit-flavoured syrups. However, note that this will alter the taste and authenticity of the drink.

Ginger Ale: If you prefer a non-alcoholic version, you can substitute ginger ale with sparkling water or club soda. For a twist, you can use flavoured sparkling water like lemon or lime.

Preparation Tips for Watermelon & Mint Cooler

  • When pureeing the watermelon, ensure that it is blended until smooth to achieve a silky texture.
  • Use fresh lime juice for the best flavour. Squeeze the limes just before preparing the drink.
  • If making your own Sekanjabeen syrup, follow the recipe and instructions provided for its preparation.

Serving Tips for Watermelon & Mint Cooler

  • Serve the Watermelon Cooler in tall glasses filled with ice for a refreshing and cooling effect.
  • Garnish each glass with a sprig of fresh mint to enhance the aroma and visual appeal.
  • For an extra touch, rim the glass with sugar or salt for added sweetness or a savoury twist.

storage tips

  • Watermelon Cooler is best enjoyed immediately after preparation to retain its freshness and fizziness.
  • If you have a leftover drink, you can store it in a covered pitcher or airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours. However, note that the carbonation of the ginger ale may reduce over time.

Enjoy the Watermelon Cooler with Sekanjabeen as a delightful and refreshing summer drink, and feel free to customise the ingredients and garnishes to suit your taste preferences. Cheers to a cool and flavorful beverage that celebrates the vibrant flavours of watermelon and the unique twist of sekanjabeen syrup!

Watermelon & Mint Cooler

Servings: 4 people
Prep Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients 

  • 250 g seedless watermelon, cubed
  • ¼  cup fresh lime juice
  • ¼ cup sekanjebeen syrup
  • 3 cans ginger ale, chilled
  • mint sprigs

Instructions

  • In a blender, add the cubed watermelon. If using watermelon with seeds, strain the puree through a fine-mesh sieve to remove the seeds and achieve a smoother texture. Blend until the watermelon is smooth and free of any seeds.
  • Transfer the strained watermelon puree into an ice-filled pitcher or jar.
  • Stir in the sekanjabeen syrup and fresh lime juice, ensuring they are well incorporated with the watermelon puree.
  • Fill a serving glass halfway with the strained watermelon mixture from the pitcher.
  • Top up the glass with ginger ale, allowing the effervescence to combine with the flavorful watermelon mixture.
  • Garnish the drink with fresh mint sprigs for an aromatic touch.
  • Repeat the process for additional servings.
  • Serve the Watermelon Cooler with Sekanjabeen immediately and enjoy the refreshing flavours on a hot summer day.

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