In a recent email exchange with Jaimala, I received the latest report about the artisans in Ajmer and read this remark about the weather, “We are fine-as fine as one can be in 113 degrees!” Wow that is hot!
While the summer temperatures rise both in the U.S. and India, I am reminded of my favorite thirst quencher, a Fresh Lime Soda. It is a common street drink found in India and is considered the “supreme quencher of colonial thirst.”* There are quite a few versions but, ultimately it combines carbonated water and limes. Thereby becoming a better, fresher version of a 7-up.
Ahh, just writing the words puts a smile on my face. While traveling in India, Devon and I created quite a tradition of ordering multiple fresh lime sodas throughout the day. It became our go to jump start in the morning and our reward in the evening. I can, without a doubt, say it is one of my favorite things about India.
So tonight go home and treat yourself to this tasty and refreshing drink. Believe me, you won’t regret it.
Fresh Lime Soda
2 tbsp. simple syrup (made by first boiling
together equal parts sugar and water,
then letting it cool)
1 1⁄2 tbsp. freshly squeezed lime juice
3⁄4 cup soda water
(Note that this recipe can easily be adjusted to personal taste)
*A Historical Dictionary of Indian Food (Oxford University Press, 1998), author K. T. Achaya