Lemon, Ginger Sherbat, Mint ‘Twizzler’ (Serves 20)

with long pepper, cumin & clove – based on a drink my Aunt in Saharanpur, Uttar Pradesh used to make us when we returned home from a day’s exploring in the hot, sticky, dusty streets and surrounds of Northern India. Its sweetness revives, the ginger refreshes and spices gently soothe and tingle…It’s a brilliant drink! They would call a fizzy type drink a ‘sherbat’ as opposed to sherbet, as in the 80’s classic – Sherbet Dips, but they were great too!

What you need


300g cold water

700g caster sugar

50g root ginger, peeled, finely grated

2 lemons juiced, 120g lemon juice

6 cloves, whole, lightly crushed

10 long pepper, whole, lightly crushed

5g white cumin, ground

Fresh mint on the stalk, lower leaves stripped off, to garnish. Pick mint with a woody stork

How to make it

    1. To make the cordial, pour the water and sugar into a deep bottomed pan and gently heat over a medium flame to dissolve the sugar.
    2. Then, add all the other ingredients EXCEPT the lemon juice and simmer gently for about 5mins.
    3. Take off the heat allow to cool.
    4. Add the lemon juice.
    5. Then, strain with a sieve, bottle and chill the mixture.
    6. Mix the cordial with soda water. 1 part cordial to 4 or 5 parts water, depending on your personal preference.
    7. Garnish with fresh mint, serve and enjoy!!