It’s summer! It’s Ramazan and it’s Mangoes! These are the words we have been hearing from the very first roza. While hearing the word mango instantly makes us smile.

While we pull out the mango pleasures to our Iftaar tables; how can you not make a healthy drink with mangoes after a day of fasting in such a scorching day of June?

A simple blend of mangoes with fresh mint leaves and icy water makes for a healthy and satisfying drink. You can add everyday flavors to your drinks, for the Iftaar table, and make the otherwise ordinary drinks looks fancy.

The sunset cocktail can be found on every restaurants’ menu. Here is my take on the simple yet elegant and refreshing drink.

Recipe

You will need:

  • Mangoes pulp – 1 cup
  • Sugar / honey – 4 tablespoons
  • Mint leaves – 6 – 8 leaves
  • Jam-e-Shireen – 1 tablespoon
  • Water – as required
  • Ice – as required

Method

  • Blend mangoes, mint leaves, sugar, and water together.
  • In a separate glass, prepare Jam-e-Shireen in a quarter glass of water.
  • Keep them in fridge to chill unless you are ready to serve.

While serving:

  • Fill the serving glass with required amount of ice.
  • Add quarter of a glass of Jam-e-Shireen and then top it with prepared mango juice.
  • Don’t stir and serve immediately.

Voilà!

Now you have a unique and tasty thirst quencher for Iftaar – experiment with your regular drinks and make something new everyday.

Fatima Ali

I am trained to be an IT professional. I served National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) for six years after graduating from the same university. As long as I can remember, cooking good food has been my passion and it makes me happy. My cooking lessons were a bit unusual though. Back in the day when digital did not mean much, my father would record cooking shows (knorr ka kitchen, kaukab khuwaja and Zee Khana Khazana – Chef Sanjeev Kapoor) for me to watch endless times later on, before trying the recipes out. I would make brownies and cold cake almost every day while my mother was asleep. This was my way of surprising her every evening. My mother cooks amazing food too and I have tried many of the recipes written in her recipe book. I draw inspiration from a number of chefs from televised cooking shows such as Late Chef Farah, Chef Rahat, Chef Mehboob, BBC Food, Masala TV, Chef Shai, Chef Sharmeen, Master Chef Australia and my ultimate favorite Chef Shireen Anwer. I would not be as good a cook I am now without passive guidance from each one of these.