Festive drinking: Litchi Crush and a Mulberry Mixer

Not only do the make a great base, blended frozen fruit add a wonderfully textured mouth-feel to your mixed drinks.

As the Mayet family’s ‘Designated Drinks Maker’ (it was just yesterday that I was officially conferred the title by my sister-in-law Naqiyah), I look forward to Eid celebrations and family get-togethers as a chance to party-up the tablescape with interesting drink combinations.

This Eid I wanted to honour Summer by using whole fruits in my preparations.

Not only do they make a great base, blended frozen fruit add a wonderfully textured mouth-feel to your mixed drinks.

About two weeks ago, a generous friend invited a group of us to raid the bounteous boughs of the mulberry trees in her backyard. I poured a simple sugar syrup (mildly spiced with star anise, cinnamon and cardamom – inspired by Ayesha’s marvelous mulberry pancake topping) over my pickings and froze them.

To prepare the drink, I first liquidized the frozen berries with a little bit of Rose’s Black Cherry cordial. I then topped this up with a Lime and Lemongrass sugar-free fizzy from Woolworths.

Served ice-cold, it made for a refreshing and not-too-sweet sipper.

For the Litchi Crush, I decanted two cans of preserved litchis and froze the fruit along with its syrup.  I blended this into a slush, topped up the mixture with soda water and a Litchi-flavoured fizzy from Woolworths and added mint for additional cool-cred.

6 comments on “Festive drinking: Litchi Crush and a Mulberry Mixer

  1. Saaleha, Hope you well!

    This sounds really refreshing, have to try these out! I have a mint & ginger ale punch which I could share with you…I’ll e-mail them to you 🙂

    1. Salaam Zaheda,
      I don’t. However, you can subscribe to this blog and get an email update whenever I post a new recipe. You will find the subscribe button on the right-hand side of this page.
      Was-salaam.

    1. Salaam:) No trouble at all. I made this quite a while back, but if I recall correctly, the Litchi Crush yielded about two litres, depending on how much liquid you’ll be topping the slush up with.

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