How To Make A Soothing Turmeric Tonic Sparkler
Ayurveda is an age-old science and contains within its vast repository lots of handy hacks to deal with many ailments like inflammation and injuries. This ancient medicinal knowledge system makes use of spices, herbs and other naturally available elements to craft drinks or kadhas, as they are known to rid one of colds and fevers and build immunity. Studying these ancient processes, mixologists have come up with ways to craft mocktails and sparklers which contain healing properties but are also abundantly delicious.
Turmeric Tonic Sparkler
One such concoction is the turmeric tonic sparkler, a delicious anti-inflammatory drink that uses some basic, easily available ingredients like turmeric, honey, ginger and tonic water to craft a delightfully zesty and healthy mocktail. Turmeric has a lot of healing properties and ginger packs quite a kick and is useful for boosting immunity. Combined with a bit of honey and some quality carbonated water or sparkling water, the drink acquires a comforting quality reminiscent of a grandmother’s soother. It is a stunning take on an age-old formula incorporated into modern mixology showcasing the dynamism of the art of blending mocktails by studying ingredients and their interesting pairings.
The drink can be made readily at home following a simple recipe that involves bringing water to a boil with turmeric and ginger immersed in it to extract all their flavours and juices. This water contains tons of nutrients and becomes a healing potion complete with the spicy and umami flavours of these vibrant ingredients. The water with its deep yellow hue looks thoroughly appealing and is absolutely hard to resist. Turmeric has a naturally potent colour of its own and becomes rather like a sunrise in a tumbler when all its naturally resplendent yellow oozes into the warm decoction which forms the base of this drink.
Coupled with the tang of lime juice, the sparkler acquires a citrusy quality, another element which works wonders for the immune system. All the ingredients, including the lime juice, need to be used amply so that their flavours seep fully into the drink. Interestingly, this is a completely sugar-free mocktail and relies only on the sweetness of honey to introduce a syrupy and lightly sweet note into the recipe.
So, the next time you are looking for a low-calorie mocktail to sip on at a party, the turmeric tonic cooler might just be your go-to! You can swap the carbonated soda for plain water if you want to cut down your calories even more. Enjoy the drink with plenty of ice on a warm summer day as a refreshing and healing quencher.
Here is a simple recipe to craft this mocktail at home as a cooling soother on a warm day:
5-inch fresh turmeric peeled, rinsed and roughly chopped
2-inch knob ginger peeled, rinsed and roughly chopped
¼ cup honey
¾ cup water
½ cup freshly squeezed lime juice
300 ml soda/sparkling water/tonic water
Mint leaves for garnish
Bring all the water to a boil over medium heat and add the chopped ginger. Add the turmeric into the boiling water and switch off the flame.
Drizzle in the honey and stir until it is completely mixed in the yellowy water. Set aside to cool.
Next, pour in the freshly squeezed lime juice and refrigerate overnight or for at least 8 hours to let the ingredients do their work.
Strain the mix to rid it of solids and store it in a jar.
While mixing the mocktail, pour the turmeric mix over ice in a glass and top it up with sparkling water or tonic water. Garnish with mint leaves.
Your vibrant turmeric tonic sparkler is now ready to be enjoyed!