Thandai at the Taste of Atlanta

Taste of Atlanta got a special treat from India today. As part of the “Spice of Life” segment at the “Inside the Food Studio” stage, I talked about different spices and their benefits, and share with participants a very special recipe that many westerners are unfamiliar with. Continue reading “Thandai at the Taste of Atlanta”

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)


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


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.