Mangoes have almost bid us goodbye which makes me a little sad, however, on the brighter side – it’s followed by the season for some delicious and my favorite seasonal fruits – litchi, jamun, jackfruit to name a few.
I have eaten and experimented with Jamun (java plum) quite a bit and now Litchi’s (or is it lychee?) turn. I recently tried Litchi Lemonade and it’s safe to say, it was a good recipe as everyone at home enjoyed it on a hot summer day and it was over before we knew it.
Remember that litchi candy that we used to get for 0.50p or Rs.1 at the local grocery store as children or at a restaurant after a meal with your bill? This recipe tastes very very similar to that – you can call it a liquid version of the litchi candy.
This works perfectly for a welcome drink, popsicle filling or just as a flavorful lemonade on a hot summer day! I would suggest consuming the drink immediately once prepared, else it can get slightly sour or pungent in taste unless frozen for popsicles.
Prep Time: 10 mins Blend Time: 5 mins Total Time: 15 mins
For litchi lemonade:
- 15-20 medium litchis
- ½ to 1 lemon juice
- 1 tsp sugar or as required
- ½ to 1 cup water
- Ice cubes (if you like it cold)
- Lemon slices, pudina leaves, chopped litchis for garnish
- Peel the skin of the litchis and deseed the fruit. Add the pulp to a mixer and blend until it forms a puree. You can also add the sugar at this stage incase you don’t want to wait for the sugar to dissolve, I added the sugar as mentioned below in step 3.
- Put the blended mix through a soup strainer and remove the unblended pulp (this is optional, if you like chunks of the fruit in your beverage you may skip this step. I strained the pulp as I wanted to enjoy it without any pulp this time)
- In a bowl add the litchi liquid we just strained, ½ lemon juice squeezed, sugar, water and stir until the sugar is dissolved.
- Pour in a chilled glass or over some ice cubes and enjoy!
- Note: Adjust the lemon juice and sugar as per taste. I ended up using too much lemon juice so it was slightly sour, in hindsight I should have reduced the amount of lemon juice.
- Garnish the drink with lime wedges or pudina leaves and serve chilled.
- You can also add this lemonade to a popsicle mould and enjoy this on a hot day or just when you need a sweet pick me up!