Blue Afza

One of my favorite drinks during summers in India was Rooh Afza, a refreshing rose concentrated drink. Rose flavored syrup that came in a bottle was added to ice cold water or milk and served over ice and found at every household. It was a perfect break in the hot afternoons; especially when guests came over, often unannounced as they always do in India.

Inspired by the sweet beverage of my childhood, I decided to create a healthier homemade summer drink incorporating freshly picked blueberries.  I also named it so that it reminded me of those good old days.

The syrup can be prepared ahead of time & stored in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. Kids and adults of all ages would love the sweet and juicy flavor, with the added fizz from the club soda. And you get a whole serving of fruit in your drink. If you must, add a splash of vodka for an adult flavor. All I can say is give it a try!

Serves: 2

Total Time: 1 hours (Prep: 15 minutes, Inactive: 45 minutes)

Ingredients:

2 cups blueberries

1 cup water

1/2 to 1 cup sugar or Splenda (depending on sweetness of the blueberries)

1 orange, juiced

1 lemon, juiced

8 oz Club soda

Directions:

In a medium heavy bottom saucepan, add all the ingredients except the club soda. Heat on medium till the liquid comes to boil & sugar starts to dissolves. Reduce heat to low & simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from heat. Transfer to a blender and blend until smooth. Remove any pulp by passing through a mesh strainer. Chill in refrigerator until ready to use.

Divide the blueberry syrup into two 12 oz- glasses. Add ice cubes. Finally, top off with 4 oz club soda into each glass. Serve immediately.

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Sucheta Rawal

Sucheta is an award winning food and travel writer, who has traveled to 90 countries across 6 continents. She is also the founder and editor of 'Go Eat Give' and author of 'Beato Goes To' series of children's books on travel.