Kewra Sherbet | Pandan Cooler

Kewra Sherbet | Pandan Cooler

Kewra, an essence made from the flower of the Pandanus plant (also called Screwpine) has an unusual but pleasant taste. It is used to flavour rice, drinks, and desserts in Northern India and South East Asia. The floral fragrance gives a calming influence and is said to help in mental relaxation. Kewra also combines well with other flower waters such as rose water and orange blossom water, and they can be combined in any recipe that uses one or the other.

You can read more about Kewra and Pandanus here.

Today we flavour a Summer Cooler with Kewra. Such drinks are common in North India, combining the base flavour with water and lemon juice. We use the Kewra Water, but you can use also use Kewra essence. Just add a 1 or 2 drops per glass.

Similar recipes for cooling drinks include Iced Tulsi Tea, Watermelon, Lime, Ginger Soda, Strawberry Frappe, Roasted Green Mango Drink, and Jal Jeera.

Browse all of our Coolers and Indian Drinks. All of our Indian recipes are here, and our Indian Essentials are here. Or explore our Mid Summer dishes.

Kewra Sherbet | Pandan Cooler

ingredients for each glass
1 -1.5 tspn Kewra Water
1 – 2 tspn lemon or lime juice
2 tspn sugar or jaggery (or to taste)
cold water, sparkling water or carbonated lemon drink (I love it with Tonic Water)
4 ice cubes

method
Dissolve the sugar in a little water, then add the Kewra Water, lemon or lime juice and water or sparkling water. Pour into a long glass with the ice cubes and enjoy chilled.

recipe notes and alternatives
Add a little rosewater, orange blossom water or khus syrup, and reduce the amount of kewra water a little.

Crush some mint leaves in your hands and add to your glass before pouring the drink.

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Author: Ganga108

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