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    Mint and Cumin Water

    This is a popular street drink during the Indian summertime - you won't find it during the winter. The cumin - which tastes best if you roast it and grind it yourself - adds a delicious hint of spice. It's also very cooling and people find that it settles the stomach.

    • Vegetarian
    • Preparation time: 10 minutes to 12 minutes
    • Total time: 10 minutes to 12 minutes 15 minutes

    Serves: 1


    • 2 x 20g packs fresh mint
    • juice of 2 limes
    • ½ tsp ground cumin
    • pinch of salt
    • 1½ tsp sugar
    • soda water or sparkling water, well chilled
    • mint leaves and lime, to garnish


    1. Put the mint, stalks and all, into a blender with the lime juice and blitz to a purée. Press the purée through a sieve into a bowl and discard the mint debris. Add cumin, salt and sugar, adjusting the quantities to suit your taste.
    2. Fill a tall glass with crushed ice, pour over the minty liquid and top up with soda or sparkling water. Garnish with a sprig of mint and a slice of lime to serve.

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