The mercury has started rising in Chennai. All of a sudden, the climate has become really hot and sultry. These are the times, when I really dislike spending hours in the kitchen, cooking elaborate meals. Simple yet fulfilling meals are the best for the summers.
My children make a big fuss about having their share of fruits for the day. It’s like a punishment for them if I ask them to have fruits. But I make it a point that they have at least a portion of some fruit every day. So my elder one compulsorily carries one fruit or the other in her snack box and as reward for having the fruit I also pack her another small box with a couple of cookies or sweets. So that way she is ok. Kids need to be bribed too!!!
But both my lil ones love fruits in the form of juices and shakes, and with the climate taking a turn; I have started preparing some chilled drinks. So if you or your kids don’t like to have your fruits as such try them this way.
Here is a very unique combination of fruits for a juice. I saw this recently in one of the Malayalam T.V. Channels. I was very intrigued by this combination and made a mental note of trying it out immediately. The combo was very good; perfect blend of sweet and tang. I actually did not add any sugar since the grapes were really sweet. Adjust sweetness and lemon depending on your taste. So why wait, welcome the summer with this refreshing drink!
What you'll need
- Black Seedless Grapes – 1 heaped cup
- Orange – 2
- Ginger – a very small piece
- Lemon Juice – 1 tsp
- Sugar – Use as required, depending on the sweetness of your fruit
- Water – 1 cup
- Soak the black grapes in salted water for about 15 minutes, then rinse and wash well.
- Grind the black grapes, with the ginger.
- Strain the grape juice with a strainer, using about 1 cup of water.
- Extract the juice from the oranges.
- Mix the orange juice, lemon juice and grape juice.
- Do a taste check, add sugar if required. I did not add any sugar, as my grapes were really sweet.
Serve chilled with ice cubes.
- Make sure you use only the seedless grapes.
- Add the water while straining the juice, which will make it easier. No need to add while grinding.