Festive drinking: Litchi Crush and a Mulberry Mixer


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 Responses
  • R
    November 15, 2011

    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 🙂

  • saaleha
    November 15, 2011

    Ooh yes please:)

  • zaheda
    June 5, 2013

    Slm do u have a group where receps are shared? If u do would love to join. Jzk zaheda

    • saaleha
      June 5, 2013

      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.

  • zahida
    August 12, 2013

    Hope you well. Just needed to know how many jugs will I get from a single recipe. Maaf for the trouble

    • saaleha
      August 14, 2013

      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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